Just read today’s assignment – to read 6 blogposts relating to yesterday’s assignment (writing based on the daily prompt. The first thing I did was head over to the dailypost to the comment section for “pingbacks” to look for inspiration (actually, first I headed to the forum for today’s assignment for a quick sec). Just part way down the list, I “found” the first link I wanted to visit…. Though if you were to ask me at that time, “why that one?” I’m sure I’d have no answer…. There was nothing special about the name that I could tell… It just felt like a good one to check out (and being an ISTJ, I’m not generally prone to the whole “feel” & “intuition” thing – Speaking of personality types, check out this blogger of repute post by INFP Thoughts). Back to the first blog I came across…. I honestly had no answer as to “why” that post… That is until I clicked on the post and read it… The name of the post? “This could be awkward”
I started to comment and quickly realized my comment could easily become a post in and of itself – thus this blog post (since I’m writing this as a post I decided to add more than I would have if I HAD simply commented.
My mother also committed suicide (I was 5 at the time) and was also an artist and a writer. Even now (nearly 40 years later) it hits me hard sometimes, not having my “real mother” around when I was growing up. Oddly enough I can remember (envision) sitting on the floor of my mom’s studio and recall her being in the room by the fact that I can (vaguely) envision her feet & legs, but I can never envision her face (not just there, but anywhere). I also, apparently blocked out a section of my life shortly after she killed herself.
Not too long ago I created a Facebook page NancyPolkArtist to showcase her work… I’ve since decided to also include info & tidbits on depression, suicide, and PTSD as well as inspirational comments & posts as well. I’ll admit to not doing as much on there as maybe I should, but life just seems to get in the way. I would like to, one day, sell “copies” of mom’s work (of course I’d keep originals for myself as momentos). I have pictures of some of her artwork up on the above Facebook page.
Here’s one of My mom’s paintings:
It seems I’ve read (in the past) about artists (and such) being prone to depression. I decided to do a little google search on the subject to see what I found…. Here’s what I came across:
10 careers with high rates of depression (artist, writers, etc are #6)