The Face of Joy was the first mask painting workshop I facilitated. Visions of the Invisible, In The Face of Pain was the second. It is a powerfully therapeutic experience, not to mention FUN! Yes, painting pain can be fun as long as you don’t have expectations of how it “should” look, know there’s no right or wrong way and simply use color to express feelings and experience.
Take a look (we paint the OUTSIDE and the INSIDE of the masks and then talk about them)! See if you can tell what each mask represents – joy, sadness, migraine, physical pain, emotional pain, hurt, hiding from others real feelings.
An aspect of the healing – besides the actual process of creating – is internalizing, in a non-objective manner, our feelings where we can be an observer. Observation helps us create distance which creates objectivity and thus changes the experience.
The next Mask Painting workshop is scheduled for this coming December 10th. I’ll be sure to share more pictures with you.