Art as therapy

I’m not a creative person. I’d like to be, but I don’t seem to have it in me. I’m just not talented like that.

I can’t draw, or paint, or dance. I like words, but I’m a long way from writing a novel. I write poetry, but it’s nothing special and nothing I’d want other people to see.

The only thing I can do, that I enjoy doing, is photoshop. I use it for work, and I enjoy playing with collages, colours and textures.

I’m not particularly good at it, but I guess that’s where practice comes in. You don’t have to be good at something to enjoy it and spend time on it.

The featured image on this blog was my attempt to show the isolation, loneliness and hopelessness that I experienced during the worst of my pain. It didn’t quite end up how I imagined it but it still tells a story. Maybe the next one will turn out better.

The rare and elusive UK tree octopus

I took the above photo on a recent trip to Cornwall. We were walking through a stretch of woodland so old that it’s referenced in the Doomsday Book when I saw this old sluice for an abandoned tin mine. We took a lot of photos of those woods because they were genuinely magical, but this was one of my favourites.

I’m a big Lovecraft fan, so when choosing a mythical creature to add into this image I settled on an octopus rather than a unicorn. I’ve already got plans for another picture of flying cephalopods: I think cuttlefish could look particularly cool.

I’m hoping that this blog will help me work on my writing skills, but in the meantime it can’t hurt to work on my photo editing. With all the stress of lockdown, it’s nice to have a hobby that allows me to zone out with a podcast on. It’s not like I can go to the gym or the pub right now anyway.

Have you picked up any new lockdown hobbies? I don’t care if you don’t think it’s “good enough” to share – we don’t have to be experts to enjoy making things.

Published by QuirkyCnt

I've spent 10 years living with chronic pelvic pain. Vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, vaginismus - I've got the set. I've even got lichen planus, which is an autoimmune disorder, and adenomyosis. This blog documents my experience with chronic pain, sexual dysfunction and all the ways I've tried to manage it. Expect fetish clubs, polygamy and explicit conversations about sex and sexuality.

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