Expressive Arts Carnival No. 12: In the Moment

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Welcome to the June 2011 edition of the Expressive Arts Carnival. This month's theme, see announcement, was to "create an image about how you are feeling in the moment."

This month's activity came from contributor Bay. Thank you Bay!

Here are the entries in the order received.

Entry 1: Haven - blog

New contributor Haven titled this acrylic piece "Red Sky Dawns", and wrote: "I knew what I wanted the figure to be but the colors and the scenery were an exploration in emotive coloring. The environment raw, almost angry. Her skin white and bare. Dancing faerie, allowing herself to be free to move as she sees fit at the dawn of a new day though she is in a place that is a little desolate and too exposed."

Entry 2: Algo4ME4Once

New contributor Algo4ME4Once titled this piece "Inner Child Flag" and wrote: "I may feel she deserves to "Burn in Hell" forever and ever, and even though I intellectually know she does not, I still need that 'external validation.'  Sad, but true. So I ask of you: does she really? If she was but a child trying to survive in a world that was and still is a mystery. So I suppose I reach out in need to be validated that no, it should not hurt to be a child and no, I did/do not deserve to burn in Hell, even now. I am allowed to make mistakes because in the mistakes there is born an imperfectly perfect human being!"

Entry 3: Tai

Tai wrote: "At this moment, I want to scream but I can't. I want to cry, but I don't, it's not allowed. So... here I am, like this."

Entry 4: Wantstorun

Wantstorun wrote: "This painting holds/represents a lot of emotions.  It was created in the T's office by one of mine who wanted to 'tell without talking.'  Some imagery was painted representing trauma from the past, and then the T and I scraped off the paint used for that imagery in an effort to be rid of it.  We then painted over it to create something new; something better.  I think there is fear, grief, confusion and sadness underneath.  I think there is relief and hope showing now... even though it doesn't completely cover the underlying emotions/feelings.  It is progress."

Entry 5: ClinicallyClueless - blog

ClinicallyClueless created this on and wrote: "As I looked at what I did, I realized that I've been feeling a bit anxious and hypervigilant lately.  Not sure why, but my drawing spoke that to me."

Entry 6: Paul

I wrote: "It incorporates 'colors' that identify with different aspects of myself and attempts to blend them. In all honesty, this is not an image about feeling as much as it was an image about just doing some kind of art without much overlay of thinking."

Entry 7: Catherine - blog

Catherine wrote: "I am exploring truth and memory at the moment. If I don't speak my truths, as I remember them, this darkness stays in my heart. I feel caught in the memories. They threaten to overtake me. As long as I keep speaking I can keep the darkness away."

Entry 8: Ivory - blog

Ivory wrote: "This is a picture of me. I have cluster headaches and for the last month, I've had what is like a migraine that takes days to turn bad, and days again to lessen. I've reached the breaking point and this is what I feel like."

Entry 9: Sanity is Knocking - blog

Sanity if Knocking wrote: "I was not confident that I could contribute this month as I have a hard time explaining or expression how I feel "in the moment". I usually decipher later, how was feeling at a particular time. Today was different though. I felt anger and tried to find a way that I could best express it through photography. What was I angry about? My extended family ate my left over tacos! Can't they eat their own food?!"

Entry 10: Bay

Bay wrote: "We did several things this month just to express the way we were feeling at that moment, so me made a little collage of them. Interesting to put them together, which is not something I've done before."

Entry 11: Castorgirl - blog

Castorgirl wrote: "I struggled with this exercise, purely because of my internal disconnect.  I'm not sure what this represents, if anything.  There was a need to use crayons, and also for the circles - which is in contrast to when I tried this exercise yesterday, and all I could draw was squares."

Entry 12: Kerro

Kerro wrote: "In my last post I used a photo to represent how I was feeling. That blurring, whizzing, frantic pace of thoughts was in the moment. It was funny, actually, doing this activity; I thought about it a lot over the month, and how I'd represent how I was feeling at different moments. If I was to choose another image to represent how I'm feeling today, I'd go with this one. I can't take credit for these images, though I do take credit for connecting them to my feelings. Sometimes that's a giant leap forward for survivors."

That's all folks! Thanks to all those who contributed, especially those of you who are new. Thanks for taking a chance! If you think this Carnival is worthwhile, then let others know about it and we can continue to increase the contributors for future months.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted on the first of every month and submissions are open for approximately 3 weeks. Please consider emailing to to be added to our anonymous mailing list for announcements and occasional discussions.


tai0316 said:

Wow! Awesome images as always and again we all say so many different things in really unique ways. Wow again.

castorgirl said:

So much pain and emotion...

Please take care,

wantstorun said:

Incredible, the amount of emotion expressed and displayed by the submissions. Very powerful ... kind wishes to everyone. I agree, CG, there is a lot of pain displayed, I hope folks may have felt some relief releasing the emotions.

Welcome to Allgo4ME4Once and Haven. Congratulations on submitting, I know it was a challenge for me more so the first time - good work!

Be well, All.


Tracie said:

These are all great submissions.

sanityisknocking said:

I love how each month such unique work comes out. Just super!

OneSurvivor said:

I have not been able to do much with art lately, but I came by to see the Carnival. Wow! Some very powerful imagery here. A lot of strong emotions expressed.

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