It is the first anniversary of this blog at the end of the month, and with that in mind I have a new and exciting development to announce.
I am very pleased to announce that this blog now has an official illustrator – Philippa King.
Philippa is an extremely gifted individual who writes and paints about her experiences with Schizoaffective Disorder. Having suffered from mental illness for 19 years of her life, Philippa has found solace in her art explaining “I live to paint and paint to live. Time spent not painting is time spent not breathing”.
Philippa’s art is a very powerful tool in portraying how it feels to suffer mental illness, which is precisely the reason why I contacted her to ask if I could use some of her art on my blog. What happened next can only be described as having a whirlwind romance with her art, as I quickly went from falling in love to owning a piece of my own within days.
I was blown away when Philippa agreed to actually illustrate my blog, and her first piece “Because I Love You” (for this post), sold within two days, really demonstrating just how moving her art is.
I don’t recall ever being affected by art in this way before. Philippa’s paintings really provoke an emotional response in me, and it is a privilege to have her illustrate my experiences with Mr Man.
Thank you Philippa.
When I looked at this beautiful piece close up it provoked a very strong emotional response in me. If you look closely you can see a girl standing behind the glass wall.
"Behind a Glass Wall" by Philippa King
Philippa displays her art in her blog Loaded Brush. Not all of her art relates to mental health, and some of her pieces are playful and funny. For a person who is knowledgeable about art it is easy to see who her influences are, including Van Gogh, Lucian Freud, and Francis Bacon. There really is something for everyone.