Art and Psyche

A place for artists and non-artists alike to share art and imagery that springs from the mysterious realms of soul and psyche.

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Art and psyche

Started by Susy Sanders. Last reply by Laura Smith-Riva May 30, 2017. 3 Replies

I have been practicing a type of painting that I call emerging image. After making a chaotic background, I stare until I see forms and images. Then I begin to paint. The emerging process continues…Continue

9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop—by Priscilla Frank

Started by Bonnie Bright Feb 25, 2016. 0 Replies

Love this! I'm NOT an artist, and it really speaks to me...9 Things That Happen When You Carry A Sketchbook With You Nonstop—by Priscilla FrankDraw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a…Continue

Tags: creativity, sketching, art

Reconnecting with the Source of Artistic Expression

Started by Denita Benyshek. Last reply by Aleksandar Malecic Oct 26, 2015. 35 Replies

I work with clients who are professional artists, adolescent musicians who compete in international competitions, etc. Presenting problems sometimes include a lack of inspiration or crippling anxiety…Continue

Dream Art

Started by Laura Smith-Riva Oct 1, 2013. 0 Replies

I thought it would be fun to post dream inspired art images along with the narrative of the dream that inspired the image.…Continue

Tags: karla, van, vliet, dreams, smith

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Comment by Silvia Behrend on May 2, 2013 at 1:54pm
I have posted this poem as a blog piece but thought it might also be appropriate to post here without the rest of the commentary. If this is not what belongs to this group, please let me know. At the table

When I sit at the able and the cutlery and glasses gleam
When the napkins are folded white
When the chair scrapes the floor just right
And my skirt rustles on the seat
Neither brocade nor velvet, nor cotton or silk
But a soft and pliant fabric
Like the wished for comfort of the soul
In love with God
That is when I know I will have found you

To earn a seat at that table
Requires the silence of the self
Quiet as a proverbial mouse
All potentia, possible movement, thought, desire
All probable outcomes
Held as softly as a breath before beauty
Suspended in time until the hand reaches out
And issues the invitation

Come, sit at my table
On the right side of the hand of God

And you, my friends, will have already gathered
Each sitting at the place of honor
For there are no contradictions
At the table God sets
For those who seek
The narrow path
Comment by Ed Koffenberger on April 27, 2013 at 2:26pm

The Red Book readers edition can be found through Amazon and most bookstores currently. It is the Red Book without the pictures and much of the commentary. As to posting art, it would seem that starting a Discussion Forum (top of group screen) related to one posted work would be a way of centering discussion just on one work at a time. Just put the name of the work as the topic and copy the work into the first comments. I think that might work.

Comment by Dr. Barbara J. Volger on April 27, 2013 at 1:02pm

Leslie, What is the Red Book readers edition? I would love to read about Jung and art.

Also, as far as posting art, where would it be a good place to post art that we can discuss. I hope to have it all in a book one day. I will keep you all posted.

Comment by Leslie Birleson on April 27, 2013 at 10:30am

Hi Roberta,

Yes maybe you're right it would be more appropriate to dialogue in length about works of art, thoughts, etc. in the discussion forum. I've been reading the Red Book readers edition with the introduction by Sonu Shamdasani. Absolutely fascinating insight into Jung and art. I hope to post a discussion in the forum in the coming weeks.

Comment by Roberta Busard on April 26, 2013 at 12:46pm

Hi Leslie, Thank you. Yes, it's on paper.

Barbara, I also, like Ed, look forward to your sharing pieces here as well.

Anyone, Moderators: I am wondering, should art be posted on the "comment wall" or "discussion area? I am thinking, if we are to discuss art, it will be more fluid from the discussion standpoint.

Comment by Ed Koffenberger on April 26, 2013 at 4:39am


Intriguing summary of your works-to-come. My interest is a multi-media approach. Will have fun discussing your art as it comes. 

Comment by Dr. Barbara J. Volger on April 26, 2013 at 2:18am

I am currently working on a paper on expressive creativity for healing of trauma to create personal and social change - a Jungian approach. I am using my dreams and photography and Photoshop to express and interpret the symbolism in the dream. I hope to have some work to share with people on this list in the very near future.


Comment by Leslie Birleson on April 25, 2013 at 2:03pm

 Glad to see someone posting new artwork here! Interesting painting Roberta.

 Given the depth of field it looks as if you're working on paper?


Comment by Mr. Jeffery J. Rahn on March 28, 2013 at 4:21pm

I joined primarily because I'm working on a Docorate at Saybrook and I needed to cite a "Website" as one of my resources. I've been a subscriber of the Jung Journal for 15 + years. As I told the current poetry editor ( thier first) I'm not particularly interested in the verse I have read. I haven't the time or interst in submitting work at this juncture. Though as an artist I write endlessly. I find the computer ( I don't write on the computer all my ideas are written by hand) stiltitifying ( I can't spell). Addtionally the way the computer cuts, line breaks, formatting etc is like a knife through my heart. I think of mellarme or Stevens ( his secrarary typed all his work) or Stan Rice ( didn't do a whole bunch of editing) .  ED tying her poems together in little packets. Now that's a buzy bee ! My hands feel imprisoned by the keyboard. Like a medevail torture ( there is an image of dismeberment). In any case I got a liitle of my German anarchist energy out. I love art. all kinds. Those statues at the Chicago Art Instutue where bought by pork belly baron's money. It makes no difference to me. Enjoy your art and I look forward to seeing others work. Though most likely I won't share much of my own ( I don't have the time and the computer again is an impedement for me)......all the best,  Jeff

Comment by Mr. Jeffery J. Rahn on March 27, 2013 at 6:15pm

My Mother Donna Rahn was a wonderful artist. My 4 year old brother on the steps of the Chicago Art institute seeing a naked Greeks Statue: " Mom, thier naked" to which my Mother replied, " That's Art".


I find Facebook and all these web pages destroys line breaks, dashs, demension etc. Just think it might have taken another Emily Dickinson another 50 years to get her poetry published if there had been internet.


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In a dream I'm running through a courtyard made of stone. stairs resemble those of a great University, library, museum... or church.

Like a small child I'm skipping through columns under arches and jumping down stairs.

I'm aware of a time before time. a place where man can learn.
a place where man can build on the past.

not cast aside ancient architecture
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