This is an ink drawing from 1994 when I was battle some serious depression. It was just a drawing of my feelings at the time. To me, this clearly shows the impact of outside negative forces pinning me down. What I noticed later, was what I had placed in the upper left hand corner of this piece. To me, it is something that looks like hope, or a possible way out.
I don't struggle with severe depression any longer, but from time to time I do get a wee bit down. My week had started out that way. I try to choose positive people to be part of my life, I make the choice to see the good in situations, people, events. I believe humanity as a whole is getting better, and I try to assume good intent. Sometimes however, I end up in a situation that I can't escape and I get trapped again in someone else's negativity, and it throws me a bit. It even will affect my creativity, my motivation.
I have found that when this happens, what will refresh me the most is some solitude, and connecting with nature. A good walk/hike in the bush seems to feed my soul. The smells, touching the trees, watching the sky and inhaling the fresh air gives me a lift like no other. I am fortunate to live where I can get to the things that keep me positive. Also, that I can embrace solitude when I need to get back in touch with my soul.
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.