Expression in the Abstract
Lines, colors, shapes, representational while seemingly non representational, can be a freeing way to express one's self in art therapy. Draw a geometric shape, selecting your color preference, and give it meaning. Place it in a location of your choosing on the paper. There is no right or wrong way to create art, and borrowing from familiar shapes can often instill a sense of confidence. Explore and see what arrangements, placements of both color and shape, feel complete in their space.
Consider the universe, the shapes in nature, the repetition of them in our human form, and look around for how we in turn recreate them. For instance, the moon, a circle, is similar to head or womb. Our clocks are often round; so are dinner plates and traffic lights - keep thinking, keep going. How may these be used? Add a color; what happens? Again, the traffic light sends its message. And what if one draws a rectangle, and instead of showing it vertically, turns it sideways, and changes the red, the yellow and the green to new colors. What then would it mean?
Further empower your abstract expression by beginning with breathing and stretching. I often encourage one to ground with these shapes the universe gives us. Make a circle with your hands over your head. Lean left, lean right. Touch the ground in front of you and think of the rectangle you create. Stretch your legs out and form a triangle. Open your arms and receive all the possibilities open to you. May your art reflect.