Turning to The Canvas - Art Therapy Through Abstract Art

Abstract Painting Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art

(I apologize in advance for the long picture heavy post! Hope every loads!)

When I was little I saw a therapist. I had gone through some trauma as a child (#metoo) and I’m eternally grateful that my parents took me to counseling when I was little. I don’t actually remember the age that I started going, or for how long I actually went. We went to a few different places at first before settling on the one we went to regularly. I loved her.

She introduced me to kinesiology, muscle tapping, and reiki, though I didn’t actually make those connections those things until only a few years ago.

I was pretty young, and trauma has a way of blurring years together.. so I don’t remember much about the sessions, but I do remember I was allowed and encouraged to color. 

Lucky Bones

Each session, she would ask me to choose a crayon from a bin that best matched my mood, then color a shape that matched my mood/emotion, then color it in however I wanted. She would often base our sessions off of what I drew and what they might mean. 

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but it was confirmed from working with her as a child. I learned how colors, shapes and scribbles show us what’s inside, while helping us release it a little bit.

If you follow me on social media and instagram, you may have noticed me talk about my depression and mental illness more lately. I've actually been hoping to find another therapist to work with soon.. but until then, to help express myself and get things out, I've turned to abstract paintings.

I read that May is Mental Health Awareness month, and my mental health has been in my awareness more than ever before. And there are way too many people out there who don't talk about this shit enough, and even looking for help carries it's own stigma. 

..but splattering paint in a nonsensical way has always been very helpful for me when it comes to expressing myself and getting rid of what I'm feeling.

I used to use a lot of these techniques for backgrounds of my paintings before I got super serious about watercolor and colored pencil these last few years. My acrylics and painting supplies have been sitting in a chest calling me for a while now, and I just never found the time (or reason) to answer the call until recently.

I want to do a more in depth post in the future about how abstract helps my depression and anxiety, but for now, I wanted to show you my newest pieces and tell you a little bit about them.

Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day

I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit jaded when I started painting this.. Hence the title. Though painting it was a wonderful reminder that good days don't really just "happen" anyways. It usually comes down to the choices we make, or at least the perspective we choose to have... 

Speaking of perspectives, what do you see? I have heard this looks like a volcano eruption, a dragon's eye, and a forest fire. Isn't that the best thing about art? Just like good days, it's all about what we choose to see. 

The photos make it a bit hard to capture some of the details of this painting due to the gloss of the paint, but it features lots of beautiful textures and vibrant reds. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black

Title: "Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day."

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic

Size: 16x20 inches canvas panel

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Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

I couldn't just name this one "Spring Time".. because it kept looking like winter every time I went to paint this. So, the matter of fact title, is actually a bit of a plea for the warmer times to come back stay a bit longer. This painting features a lot of fun texture and was done in acrylics and oil pastels with colors that hopefully bring you feelings of spring. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel wood

Size: 16x20 inches on maple

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The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

This painting features abstract elements as well as a layer of snowy trees that hide a tiny amethyst crystal embedded into the painting, planted like a seed. Texture for the roots take up most of this painting... Inside the roots, you will see gold leaf paint and flecks throughout, and when you turn the lights off, the roots of the painting and some snow will glow for you. A reminder that seeds take time to sprout, but there is always some light to be found when we look for it. 


This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching colors. 


Title: The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint, crystals, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 10x23 inches on maple

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This abstract painting is created with soothing blues and teals paired with cool dark grays and splashes of white that show you a surprise when you turn the lights off. Painted to look like and feel like a cleansing visit to the ocean.. 'Hear the break of the waves and see..' (there is no spelling error there. ;)) is about how often we tend to ignore or not notice some of the "signs" around us, even after asking for them. We tend to forget that the signs we ask for can show up in the most random places. I'm hopeful that this painting will be a reminder to keep a look out for the signs and messages you've asked for. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching dark grey. 
Title: Hear the Break of the Wave and See

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 16x20 on stretched canvas

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Fragile As Fuck

This abstract painting features a layer of gold leaf and gold paint that can be seen peeking out from the orange, reds, browns, yellows and whites as they peel, crackle and crack down the fault line that runs through the middle of this painting. There is a lot of fun texture and shapes going on. 

I titled this one "Fragile as Fuck." The warm fire-like color scheme I chose is a reminder that whatever we carry inside us will show when we DO eventually break... and it's alright to break down. It's alright to let your inner fire rage and destroy, and it's alright to let your inner sweetness drip out like honey. It's all your choice. 
This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Fragile as F***

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint

Size: 16x20 on canvas panel

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Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover the Sun | Abstract Art | Tree Talker Art | Rachael Caringella

This is a smaller abstract painting done in lovely and lonely dark forest colors. This painting has a beautiful shimmer to it that just can't be captured in photos! 

This painting was done on a discarded wooden piece of alder and I'm so happy to give it new life. This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black.

This one was inspired by a poem I wrote that will be written on the back of the painting for whoever purchases it. 

I will also be posting the poem to my patreon shortly! (Setting that up is NEXT on the to-do list.) 

 

 

Title: Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint on wood

Size: 6x12 inches on alder

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So, despite the depression, I've also been working on that deck whenever I can. I've added two new cards. Prints are available in the shop. I'm loving how this deck is currently turning out so far! It's definitely got some slightly darker elements to it then my last one. (Which I love.) Working on it has been healing in of itself. 

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Mourning Song

A wolf in a misty landscape with a storm raging inside him as he howls into the void. Me too... Me too...

Size: 8x10 inch image on 9x11 inch paper. 

 

Medium: Pastels

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It's said that it's actually the back left foot of a rabbit that is lucky.. especially if it's found in a cemetery, AND on a full moon.. So, we are in luck. Also, no animals were harmed in the making of this good luck painting! This one was done for the deck that is currently in the works, but I wanted to release it as a full size print first.

Size: 7x10 inch image on 8x11 inch paper.

Medium: Pastels and pen

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Phew. Thank you for looking and reading! I always think it takes me so long to paint the things, but then I go to post and the entire process takes nearly a month!! (I started this post on 4-13!) I can't decide if time is messing with me, like actually speeding up due to the fact that we obviously live in an alternate universe or something... or it's my depression and dissociation that is slowing me way down. Someone. I need answers. 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.