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As human beings we all feel emotions. These can be simple or quite complicated. Throughout time we have used many outlets to express these emotions, with the knowledge that we feel better after expression.
We laugh, we cry, we rage, we glow…
The ancient Greeks developed an art form through theater called the Tragedy. A story of human nobility and foible was acted out, with the goal being to cause the viewers a release of intense emotion called catharsis.
Aristotle wrote the first critical study of the tragedy: the Poetics. He uses the concepts of mimesis (μίμησις, “imitation”), and catharsis or katharsis (κάθαρσις, “cleansing”) to explain the function of tragedy. He writes: “Tragedy is, therefore, an imitation (mimēsis) of a noble and complete action […] which through compassion and fear produces purification of the passions.”[22] Whereas mimēsis implies an imitation of human affairs, catharsis means a certain emotional cleansing of the spectator.
Gregory, for instance, argues that there is “a close relationship between tragic katharsis and the transformation of pity and fear […] into essentially pleasurable emotions in the theater”.
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As an artistic and emotional person, I have often found an outlet for intense feelings through my artwork. Bottled up feelings want to move outward for me; containing them feels unhealthy. I may dance with happiness, feel terrible in sadness, and then I want to paint about it.
As I paint, I examine my feelings, about the subject, what has occurred, what it means to me or to the person I am painting. This experience can feel very powerful, and sometimes the emotion drifts right into the painting and remains to be felt by others.
While planning a huge celebration event I had no time for art expression. This image formed over weeks, causing me to save all of my to -do lists. When the event was beautifully complete, I sat down and this image of a woman emerged- List Person I


love2A commission for a memory painting from an old photograph came from a friend of a friend. The photo was old and creased, showing a special moment of love between a boy and his father, now gone. Painting it immersed me into their lives, their time, the golden light from long ago but dearly held love. I finished feeling great care for both people. Interesting. Father and Son, a Memory


A young friend was fighting for his life, long before his time. I wanted to pour all my hope and prayers into this painting ; to give a gift of hope and help. The strong white bird was first, followed by designs painted to show all of the depth of his life.

I tried to paint love for him, his family, and Hope.



fear1When fear grips you, fight or flight kick in. Sometimes the body shakes as it is flooded with the biological need to react. If this must be controlled for action to be taken, a fight for rule over reaction occurs. Being in this situation caused me to reflect and to paint about the experience. This was an image I really needed to paint out. Fear and Fortitude.



And when my heart fills with joy and wonder I also wish to paint about it- to share my happiness outward. Standing in the light of the moon, feeling the magic and mystery of the universe- joy floods in. The awe at the beauty of creation, an emotion shared through time by countless people. Moonheart.

Creating to express emotions; sharing these creations through dance or prose or visual art is a universal thing. To  viewers these creations of ours can provoke a reaction to their own experiences, maybe extract an emotional response of their own to be relived or processed and examined.

I think creating in any form is a positive outlet for anyone.

More images from emotions next week-

I am always interested in your responses and reactions-  please add your thoughts.