Artists with a big black dog for a pet

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Was discussing poetry and other forms of artistic expression with one of my younger friends who “gets it” and during this to and fro, introduced her to one of my favorites which she’d never heard of before and I shared why I loved her and what called to me.  During the conversation I brought up how she took her own life like a few of my other favorite writers and realized most of my favorite artists have suffered from the big black dog.

For those of  you who are artists of any kind – take hope there is more of us than you realize and even though you feel alone, you’re not.  Dont give up!  Using art to express what you are going through is beneficial not for your own sanity but for those who drink from the water-bowl of the big black dog.

I came across this list on famous artists who struggled with the black dog’s barking and its a pretty good one. I do however feel they should of included some of my other favorites like Dylan Thomas, Anne Sexton, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf and Emily Dickinson.

http://www.nursingschools.net/blog/2010/10/50-famous-artists-thinkers-who-have-struggled-with-depression/

What Inspires Me: Dali

This surrealist’s art has always made me wonder at the “characters” within his art.  They speak to me of places I’m too wary to travel to, whilst giving me insight into the complex nature of his perception of life.

This is my favourite Dali piece which is titled “Woman Aflame” .

It helps me momentary escape and explore infinite possibilities as a woman as I compartmentalize my responsibilities and dreams…I might be held up to society’s standards but that is just a crutch which I use to propel myself  forward.

 

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