How your art can show you your inner world

This week I made houses in an excellent lesson by Carla Sonheim. They ought to be open like dollhouses. The chambers are open and you can see all there is in the house. I made twelve mini houses.

I had fun searching, cutting and pasting. Adding lines was very satisfying. I fell in love with the farm with haystack (fourth upper left) and was happy. While scanning them and editing them in Photoshop I realize that all the houses have doors and they are not open at all.

So my art tells me that at this moment I have difficulties with being open. I want a door that I can close. Interesting…and I do recognize that. I feel a bit vulnerable these days. Without these houses I wouldn’t think about myself like that. I wouldn’t be aware that I have to take care of myself.

The next fun part was to make a big dollhouse. I printed familyphotos that I wanted to use. And I paid extra attention to make it an open house. Both houses where not easy but it was fun to make and I added some of the family photo’s who fitted the best. I was happy with them when they were finished. Until I realized with a shock that in both houses which contains pieces of my actual house and therefore are my houses my mother appeared.

I don’t want my mother in my house. You can see a house as metaphor of who you are. I didn’t think about that while making it. So it surprised me. I know I have to do some work literally and figuratively. That is what my art tells me. I will probably paste a photo of me over my mother. And may be give my mother her own house. It will take some time.

That is so strong about art! It tells you things about yourself that you don’t notice if you don’t take the time for it. And the most wonderful thing is that I believe that you are the greatest expert yourself to see what your art is telling you! When you are not sure or you don’t see it you can ask someone you really trust to look with you. You will learn to be the expert.

For #marchmeetthemaker2019 I made an Instagram post and it was very satisfying to collage a closed house where I have my own spot while being creative.

Have fun making art!

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10 thoughts on “How your art can show you your inner world

  1. Hi Cheryl, thank you for taking time to read it all! That means a lot to me that you loved reading it. Thanks!

  2. Herma- I love your thoughts on making houses and what you learned when you made them. I am interested in finding more about myself when I make mine.

    • Hi Jaime! I love to hear that you will give it try to look what your houses say to you! And if you have questions? Please ask!

  3. Hallo Herma,

    Ik vond jou post van 11 October zo leuk dat ik eens ben gaan kijken op je website. Heel inspirerend en herkenbaar. Zelf heb ik het idee dat ik misschien het moeilijk vind om met één ding bezig te zijn. Ik heb Carla Sonheim 9 jaar geleden ontdekt, maar sinds afgelopen zomer verschillende van haar online cursussen aangeschaft en aan begonnen. Veel naast elkaar.
    Heb jij dat nou ook dat je je niet op één ding kan focussen en meerdere projecten te gelijk doet? Ik ben nog in het proces om mezelf toe te staan dat wat ik doe serieus mijn werk is en niet aan andere (sociaal zijn) te besteden. Als je begrijpt wat ik bedoel. Enfin, ik ben benieuwd of je wat uit mijn verhaal herkent. Misschien verre van. Als ik het niet probeer dan weet ik het nog niet.
    Ik ga maar weer eens wat doen. Vriendelijke groet, Ingrid

    • Hoi Ingrid,
      Wat leuk dat je mijn website bezocht hebt.
      Ik herken me heel erg in jouw dilemma. ik ben ook altijd met veel tegelijk bezig.
      totdat het teveel wordt en ik eerst weer e.e.a. af moet maken van mezelf.
      Ik spreek ook wel eens af met mezelf dat ik niet iets nieuws mag beginnen maar dat lukt met maar zelden.
      Ik denk wel dat het heel goed is om te doen waar je behoefte aan hebt.
      Dus als dat bij jou zo hoor is dat je werk doen en niet teveel naar anderen gericht zijn.
      Dat lijkt me een mooi uitgangspunt.
      Hartelijke groet,

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