Art therapy (amateur) descriptions

Hi everyone, happy new year!

You may not know but I have actually been in a mental health hospital for the last four and a half months. I’m doing much better thank goodness; I thought it would be nice to share though some of my promarker pen amateur art therapy drawings I’ve produced whilst being a patient, and to offer a brief description of what inspired each piece. I do hope you enjoy!

I took inspiration for this cat piece from some art therapy books I already owned. The symmetry with the mushrooms, trees and butterflies and the blue/pink colour scheme is supposed to visually depict equality and togetherness.

This abstract quirky piece depicts looking at the world with eyes of love and promoting peaceful protest.

My two giraffes are boosting upwards off the yellow brick road towards Emerald City (I can relate to all the characters in the Wizard of Oz and I am considering a full leg sleeve tattoo haha).

This is art from great imagination if I may say so, haha. It’s Christmas themed and was started for the ward unique Christmas card competition. There’s a time traveling santa ‘Ho Ho’ sack, a mushroom / tea pot house, pouring green tea where a few people are zorbing. There is also a purple mother mountain, with people and unicycle trees tobogganing down her hair. Tiny snowmen and cute gnomes and everyone flying in the air like Iron man superheroes!

This is my tree of life, with quirky people who are also little tree houses living on each branch. There are blue circles up towards heaven with writing above saying ‘heaven is a place on Earth’. I hopefully envision a future where our planet becomes a utopia; where we come together in solidarity to tackle climate change and establish a better appreciation of and connectivity with nature.

This piece is inspired by The Lion King, where Mufasa encourages Simba to remember ‘who he is’ – the rightful aire to the throne (pride rock). I strongly believe that our actions in our lifetime matter, and we therefore have a responsibility to be and strive always to be, our best selves.

Here is a dark skinned goddess with elephant arms meditating on a mandala. There is a temple (and wind turbine) doorway to the right and to the left a tipee with banner swaying, saying ‘Blessed be the peacemakers).

And last, but certainly not least, is my colourful tiger. There are ‘eye of the tiger’ lyrics. This drawing seeks to symbolise tenacity. Life isn’t about how many times you get knocked down, but how fiercely you stand up and put your gloves back on, like the god/goddess YOU are!

Thank you so much for viewing / reading 🙂

All the best, Lauren xx

© 2022 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Muhammad Ali drawing – progression photos

I recently drew a portrait of Muhammad Ali (the greatest) for my Dad, as he is my dad’s all time hero. Please see below progression photos of the drawing and a description. Many thanks…

I sketched using Derwent pencils, and coloured the background blue with a promarker pen. To me, blue is the colour of God and I believe Muhammad Ali was a prophet.

He was an incredible human being, with morals and principles, who stood up for what he believed in, such as refusing to go to war in Vietnam; losing his heavyweight boxing titles in the process.

I have surrounded the portrait drawing with inspirational quotes, of a great social activist and amazing, charismatic wonderful man. Here is the finished piece…

I’m not the best artist in the world anymore lol but I’m pleased to give my dad, my hero, a piece of art for his hero 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read / view!

Best wishes, Lauren xx

© 2021 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com

Ekisha the Elephant – progression photos

Earlier this year, I drew Ekisha, my colourful and aesthetically pretty Indian elephant, using my promarker pens for the first time. Please see below progression photos of my original art. Hope you enjoy!

I thoroughly enjoyed producing my first piece of original art using promarkers. It never actually occurred to me at the time, but I suppose it depicts Ekisha on an upward struggle past the weeds, through the turbulent stormy waters, towards the ever glowing radiant sun. She must be a strong Elephant because I later learned her name actually means ‘one goddess’ 😛

And here is the finished original art…

It was so much fun to colour so vibrantly with my new promarkers! I love them, hehe..

Please keep a look out for my new blog posts, one a seaside trip to Skegness with my Gran, and another a portrait of Muhammad Ali I’ve drawn for my Dad (his all time hero).

Many thanks and lots of love, Lauren xx

© 2021 Lauren Parr / https://unicornpostbox.com