Tag Archives: art

PTSD And The Lasting Effects of Abuse

As many of you who have read my blog for awhile know, I am a mental health advocate, mental health 1st responder, certified peer support specialist and healing artist.  I do this work because it matters, because the work gives … Continue reading

Creativity As Exploratory Surgery

Expression through creativity is many things: colorful, raw, poignant, a statement. Creativity is also something else: Exploratory surgery for the soul. Feeling angry? CREATE Feeling depressed? CREATE Feeling betrayed? CREATE Feeling pain? CREATE Reach inside that wound, pull out the … Continue reading

Poetry – I Hear You On The Wind

Recently, I was shocked to my core by the death of a friend.  While the facts surrounding her passing are unclear and not mine to share, she died much too young.  Like so many struggling with chronic illness and mental … Continue reading

To Those Who Wish Me Silent

Thinking about the stigma that surrounds the concept of survivorship and the timeline of healing that those unaffected by trauma and sometimes, even those who have been, place on our shoulders. A number of thoughts came to mind and I … Continue reading

The World We Create – New! Painting in Progress

What lies within you?  Fire? Water? An alternate universe?  The sea?  So much lies within:  heart, soul, mind, emotion, nerves, breath and love. This painting seeks to encapsulate through line and color what lies within. Painting is a new creative … Continue reading

July Artist of the Arboretum

    Paulissa Eliana Kipp July 2014 Artist of the Arboretum       Paulissa Eliana Kipp,is a creative brave heart and truth prospector revealing the beautiful, the curious and the often overlooked. Paulissa lives in Omaha, NE with her … Continue reading

I Am From: Surviving Trauma and Becoming A Phoenix

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Success, Hopes and Dreams 2014 Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference.  As part of the advocacy I do with the Truth Leadership Council of the Domestic Violence Council, I offered the opportunity … Continue reading

Building Character: Journal 52

Another week, another adventure!  I am participating in Chelle Stein’s Journal 52 project on Facebook.  Each week a different prompt is given and each participant creates an art journal page that corresponds with the prompt.  So much beautiful work is … Continue reading

He’s A Sophisticat: Journal 52

What makes you smile?  Have you stopped to consider that question?  For me, living in a city that has a vibrant arts scene, strong community and urban landscape (Omaha, Nebraska) makes me smile.  Animals make me smile as well, especially … Continue reading

Journal 52: Somewhere, Simply

Open your heart and somewhere becomes the world.   The journey continues in the Journal52.com project.  The prompt for Week 2 was Somewhere, Simply.  As I constructed the page, I began thinking about how simple acts of kind connect people … Continue reading