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Painting as personal therapy

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I don't generally put my life's business out for display, but I thought I'd put this out there and see if anyone had any similar experiences. My dad has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. I've had a hard time dealing with this internally, in my head and in my heart. I've cut myself off from all but a handful of friends and stopped gaming entirely, both online and in person. However, for some reason, painting has been the only thing that I've been wanting to do as I can lose myself in myself without having to think about what's going on or how I've been feeling. But I feel a little better after each painting session for a little while at least while. However, this will be an ongoing situation concerning my dad and I have no idea what's going to happen, but I like that have a way to escape, even for a little while. Has anyone else had this kind of experience?
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  1. Normski's Avatar
    Hey Vegas nice little write up!

    Firstly Im so sorry to hear about your Dad I send my regards to you and your family.

    Now Im in the same boat therapy wise, I find painting very relaxing and its a huge distraction from real life. when Im stressed out I sit at my bench and paint or model and everything around me melts away! My hobby is the one thing I enjoy the most in life. I dont smoke I very rarely drink(Anymore, but used to hammer it) My life revolves around work family and education and it gets very stressful, something so intricate and consuming as painting/modelling involves a huge amount of concentration and this pushes all other thoughts to the back of my mind for a few hours, without it I would surely crack and lose my mind with stress.

    so I can relate to using the hobby stress management, it does have a down side though as my partner feels I ignore her at times but its not done on purpose, I just love the hobby and need the escape from life. so it is very good therapy and saves laying on a couch with a shrink!!
  2. waghorn41's Avatar
    Hi 'cat ! Painting/modelling is a great therapy and escape route from the troubles of life - and I've had my share. I find it absorbing and relaxing, sometimes just spending half an hour turning a mini over in my hand planning colours etc can give the pick-me-up I need to say 'ok world you *****, let me have your best shot'. My wife is very supportive of my hobby as she knows it allows me to give my best to the family when things go awry, as they are at the moment. Just been asked why I'm on the computer and not painting! Got to love her
  3. Darklord's Avatar
    Sad news my friend, my thoughts are with you and your family.

    I am sure you are well aware of my troubles over the last year or two and you may or may not be aware of my lifetime battle with depression. I find painting very therapeutic. It gives me a release and some escapism from whatever is happening in my life.It's a a relaxing activity but one that keep you busy.

    Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself to paint but keep trying to pick up the brush as it will help you just a little through these hard times
  4. phatkid1966's Avatar
    VC I am so sorry to hear about your Dad and to know that you are going through such a hard time will sadden all wampers. It is fantastic that you continue to paint. It something you can seek solace in without having to put on a brave face or hide your feelings. Its so important and I know this might sound selfish, its so important to not lose yourself completely in what your family is going through. You are right to be there and to share the grief but it is fine to put the burden down now and again - its what allows you to rebuild your strength and resolve for when its most needed.

    I pray it turns out well VC and im glad you put your life out for display as you put it, if we werent here to offer the tiniest bit of support we are able to from our respective corners in the World of Wampcraft then what kind of community would we be?

    Positive hippie type vibes flying in your direction my friend :)
  5. vegascat's Avatar
    Thank you all! My father passed away suddenly on 26 May about 2:30 am. For those interested, his obit is online here: Now that I'm back home, I feel the need to paint more than ever or I find myself staring off into space and just thinking unhappy thoughts. Normski, all my positive vibes and prayers your way my friend. DL, I've been following your troubles for a while and you and your family are often in my thoughts (usually while I'm painting), but I was unaware of your battle with depression. Positive thoughts your way as well. Lastly, I'm going to look for a mechanic model as a small personal tribute to my dad.
  6. Demonn's Avatar
    my condolances, VC.
    ten years ago (this february) my mum passed away. it was really sudden, from a stroke.
    Painting and this hobby in general (terrain building/dioramas) have been my way of dealing with the loss as well. A little hideaway from all the negative.
    as a tip for the car mechanic (if that's what you had in mind) google: lead adventure car mechanic. cool little mini
    Updated 04-06-2013 at 06:19 PM by Demonn
  7. Normski's Avatar
    Ah Bless ya Vegas mate! my deepest sympathies to you and your family

    and The tribute mini is a great idea Im a big believer in closure through art! putting your thoughts down in a material way is great therapy and at the end of the project you have a physical memory right there to look at and reflect fondly.

    that will also be a nice WIP to watch too mate!!
  8. vegascat's Avatar
    Thank you both. Demonn, I like the lead adventure car mechanic. I'm going to see what other models I can find before I make a final decision. Let me know if you run across any other models.
  9. Normski's Avatar
    Vegas mate Ive been a surfing and have come up with this set by Tamiya!

    They are 1/24 scale so larger than normal but with a bit of jiggary pokery and a bit of terrain/garage diorama ya could use just 1 of the minis of your choice and Tamiya do a huge range of 1/24 scale cars too so ya could quite easily do a garage floor with a car getting fixed? wouldnt have to do walls unless ya wanted to??

    Just a thought mate?
  10. Endor's Avatar
    Hi Vegas, just saw your blog, I have been away for a while. Sorry to hear about your dad, it is a shock - and for sure these things mess us up with fear and grief and cut us off from friends and activities we normally engage in. My heart is with you. Glad to hear you keep on painting, I too find it very therapeutic. To my wife I normally say I'm going to have a chat with the shrink when I sit down and paint :) Although you lost your father very quickly, I on the other hand have lost my father little by little every day for 4 years to Alzheimers, so I can very much relate to your situation. Now he can no longer understand that I'm his son. It's tough, but almost better now that he no longer is really aware of his condition. Anyway, thanks for sharing and reaching out, we all struggle with something! Get back playing and seeing friends also in time, I'm sure your father would like you to.
  11. Blackwolf's Avatar
    Empathy brother,going through the same thing.