D is for DIAGNOSIS .
The hardest part of my Bipolar diagnosis wasn’t coming to terms with the diagnosis itself (truth be told, I wasn’t at all surprised when I was diagnosed – I felt it made total sense). The thing that was the hardest, was having opinions thrown at me that simply weren’t helpful: “Maybe you aren’t bipolar.” “Do you think you just had a little wobble?” “But hun, you don’t SEEM bipolar.” “We were worried you would be dangerous, but you seem normal!” Friends and acquaintances often don’t realise how detrimental words can be .
Of course, I understand why it happens: There is a lack of education around mental illness and even with education, it is such a complex topic. It’s easy to get things wrong (even with education the world of mental illness can still be super confusing - just look at how many people have bad experiences with psychiatrists and other mental health professionals)! However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t TRY to do better. It’s ESSENTIAL that we try .
Instead of throwing your words straight into the face of somebody without really thinking of the consequences, be mindful of how you approach the topic. Perhaps instead of giving an opinion that could potentially be harmful, do this instead: KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. Quite simply, just be kind when you talk to people about sensitive issues. I personally don’t always want to talk to people about my illness but if I do, I require an ear, patience and some space – not controversial opinions .
Dealing with bipolar is hard enough at times. Insensitive questions and negative opinions have often made me feel awful. Making someone doubt their illness or feel that their diagnosis isn’t real is irresponsible and could be dangerous. My advice if someone makes you feel uncomfortable? Try to tell them - whether it be to their face, via a text or through email. (Hey, maybe even go old school and write a note). I used to get angry but it’s not worth it. Let’s just all be nice! . [More words on my blog: www.steviegeorgina.com | Direct link in bio | Latest post: Existential crisis? Nah - just too many internet personas.]
This new body of work with the tentative title of "Never Ending Parts" is moving along - 4 of 36 are finished. This series began when I was confounded by nine drawings I had completed in my final year of my BFA. They were done on 22"x30" 300lb hot press watercolor paper and didn't even look finished to me anymore. They didn't fit. And yet - such nice paper! I couldn't just recycle them and I couldn't continue carting then around with me. So I quartered each composition and began working over marks I had begun nearly 15 years ago. The process has forced me to move in a more painterly, abstract direction. I'm not sure where I'm going with these but I'm intrigued by the layers of personal history I'm working with here. .
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New series of prints coming soon, a limited run focusing on texture and colour with blocked out shapes. Taking inspiration from environments both natural and man made!
Taking preorders by DM for the first in the series “Mountain” A3 prints, numbered and signed. £15 plus p&p 💗
Day 230 of #dailyart 🙌
I’m planning a collection of portraits of inspiring people 🖤 To start things off I wanted to draw @winnieharlow again, I find her to be such a muse for me. I love what she preaches and I love her aesthetic. Its a win/win.
Here’s another recent commission I did for @inthemomentmag for an article about turning obstacles into challenges and how small steps equal big changes 💪🏻
I had so much fun with this one 😊
What are some of the things on your to do list today?
¡¡Hey leones!! ¡Estoy alucinado!
Mas de 11.000 alumnos en el curso online de "Introducción a la ilustración infantil" y 10.000 alumnos en el curso de "Técnicas de ilustración para desbloquear tu creatividad". Gracias a @domestika y a los alumnos de todo el mundo que se han animado a jugar y mancharse las manos. Os mando un GRACIAS GIGANTE.
Me emociona cuando me llegan mensajes contándome que a través de los cursos habéis vuelto a pintar, crear o dibujar. Lo cierto es que yo no tengo mérito, sois vosotros los que os habéis lanzado contra los miedos y a jugar con el folio el blanco. ¡Olé valientes!
Es bonito ver y sentir cómo algo tan sencillo y pequeño cómo dibujar puede conectar a las personas. Gracias también por eso.
Hey lions!! I'm amazed! More than 11,000 students in the online course "Introduction to children's illustration" and 10,000 students in the "Illustration techniques to unlock your creativity" course.
Thanks to @domestika and to students from all over the world who have encouraged themselves to play and get their hands dirty. I send you a GIANT THANKS.
I get excited when I get messages telling me that through the courses you have repainted, created or drawn. The truth is that I have no merit, it is you who have thrown yourself against fears and played against the white paper. Thanks brave!
It's nice to see and feel how something so simple and little like drawing can connect people. Thanks for that too.
Chin up darling. Life may be tough, but so are you ✨
This was a bit of an experiment. I usually paint with as many layers as procreate let's me 🙈 but for this I tried to only use one layer for the entire painting.
It was definitely a challenge, but I feel like it also gave the painting a really nice effect.
Art style and consistency is something I still struggle with. But without trying out different ideas and methods, how will you ever know what's right for you?
So here's to trying new things on the road to finding your (art) style 🥂
Day 225 of #dailyart
Suns out ☀️ buns out 🍑 don’t these three butts look like those three favor ice-cream tubs?