Obstructive - By Charlotte Farhan 

Suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder is an ordeal on the best of days. BPD can cause obstructive behaviour due to it being a wildly misunderstood illness. This has lead me to hide my BPD from physicians and at times begrudge therapy, medication and leave mental health services. From the age of eleven I have obstructed treatment and then craved a cure, feeling abandoned and hateful towards the continuous changing of physicians and facilities. 

My art is here to break down and challenge stigma as well as educate.

The struggle with the unseen

My illness – The struggle with the unseen

Having any unseen illness is a struggle and for obvious reasons. Some say mental illness is not a physical illness which I strongly disagree with, how can the brain not be physical? Having had severe psychiatric illnesses since the age of 11 would make some assume I would be well adjusted by now or even that I must know my own illness through and through. These are all incorrect assumptions.

The fact is my life has become more of a struggle with age. Being 30 now has made me want to take charge more than ever but to my surprise it is proving far harder than I would have imagined as my younger self. As a young teenager I did not understand and just felt out of place and suicidal. Then as an older adolescent I just became reckless and would put myself in dangerous situations. My twenties became a decade of denial, I did not want medication, therapy, hospitalisation or even to really admit my illnesses to my friends. I drowned my emotions and masked symptoms and behaviours with alcohol and drugs.

However, mental illness does not just disappear in fact it spreads like an infection and causes more illness until the infection is so severe the body crashes and there is no other option but to admit defeat and seek medical attention. This is what happened to me at 28 and has been a uphill struggle since. Although this has made my life more difficult it has not stopped me having a successful marriage and a progressing career.

 What you cannot see – By Charlotte Farhan As a Borderline I spend an intense amount of time suppressing emotions. People often say to me after I have had an outburst, “I did not realise you were feeling so emotional and unwell, you looked fine to me” This is due to the combination of having had to be strong and resilient through major abuse and trauma as a child as well as being ridiculed and scolded for displaying extreme emotions as an adolescent. So I developed an emotion regulation strategy. This painting is of the emotions people don’t see. My art is here to break down and challenge stigma as well as educate.

What you cannot see – By Charlotte Farhan
As a Borderline I spend an intense amount of time suppressing emotions. People often say to me after I have had an outburst, “I did not realise you were feeling so emotional and unwell, you looked fine to me” This is due to the combination of having had to be strong and resilient through major abuse and trauma as a child as well as being ridiculed and scolded for displaying extreme emotions as an adolescent. So I developed an emotion regulation strategy. This painting is of the emotions people don’t see.
My art is here to break down and challenge stigma as well as educate.

A detailed list of the unseen illnesses I suffer from

Here is a list of my unseen mental illnesses the definition and severity. The list is done from the most severe to the least. As well as identifying which illness (untreated) led to another.

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as sexual assault, warfare, serious injury, or threats of imminent death. The diagnosis may be given when a group of symptoms, such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, and hyper-arousal, continue for more than a month after the occurrence of a traumatic event

  • Borderline Personality Disorder - is a cluster-B personality disorderis a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image and emotions. Impulsive behaviours, self-injury, experiencing severe mood swings, feelings of emptiness, and intense anger.

    Depersonalisation Disorder - is a mental disorder in which the sufferer is affected by persistent or recurrent feelings of depersonalization and derealization. It is classified as a dissociative disorder and an independent neurotic disorder. Feeling disconnected from one’s physicality or body, feeling detached from one’s own thoughts or emotions, feeling as if one is disconnected from reality, and a sense of feeling as if one is dreaming or in a dreamlike state.

  •  Agoraphobia – Anxiety about being places or situations from which escape might be difficult or in which help may not be available in the event of having a panic attack. Situations are avoided or endured with marked distress, many require a carer or companion.

  • General Anxiety Disorder – is a neurological anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry

  • Panic Disorder -  is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurring panic attacks. It may also include significant behavioural changes lasting at least a month and of ongoing worry about the implications or concern about having other attacks

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry (obsessions), repetitive behaviours aimed at reducing the associated anxiety (compulsions), or a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.

  • Diabetes - Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.This is because the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter the body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones. This may lead to changes in the menstrual cycle, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, fatigue and chronic pain.

  • Anorexia Nervosa (Restricting type) – individual does not utilize binge eating nor displays purging behaviour as their main strategy for weight loss. Instead, the individual uses restricting food intake, fasting, diet pills, and/or exercise as a means for losing weight.

  • Chronic Erythema nodosum – is a type of skin inflammation that is located in a part of the fatty layer of skin. EN results in reddish, painful, tender lumps most commonly located in the front of the legs below the knees. With chronic pain and tightening of the skin.

  •  Depressive Psychosis – refers to a major depressive episode that is accompanied by psychotic symptoms.

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The Struggle

With these unseen illnesses it is hard to explain on any given day why I can’t do what I need to do, or why some days I am able to do these said things. As someone who as had these issues longer than not, I am unaware sometimes that people take me at face value and as I appear “well” or “normal” to a certain extent people can often disbelieve if told or just can’t understand as I am not in a straight jacket, rocking in a corner, dribbling or fit into any other misconception or stereotype people have about mental illness.

So this can prove to be very distressing in our world. As a survivor and someone who will not give up, I am left with only one option and that is to share my story, educate and break down these rigid ideas of what mental illness is. Mental illness does not mean you cannot have a life, friends, family and a career. However it does mean you may need to alter your opinions on what social norms you wish to follow or like myself hope to create a diversity in our society that will accommodate us all better. Such as attitudes towards work, money, health care, relationships and appropriate behaviour. These are all areas which may need to be reinvented and philosophised to draw the best conclusion for your life.

You will still be met with certain attitudes and archaic beliefs.

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TOP 10 WORST THINGS SAID TO A PERSON WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

  1. “Don’t tell people you have mental health problems, they will not understand.”

  2. ” You always seem so happy, confident, well… I can’t believe you have a mental illness.”

  3. ” Everyone feels like this sometimes.”

  4. ” Why can’t you work in proper job?”

  5. ” Stop focusing on the past, negative, bad times…”

  6. ” Get over it!”

  7. ” You would be fine if you just went out.”

  8. ” Your illness is a state of mind.”

  9. ” Stop mentioning your illness it brings people down and makes you seem like an attention seeker.”

  10. ” I don’t believe in mental illness.”

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Final Thoughts

Living with my unseen illnesses everyday is just a fact of life. I don’t feel bitter or unlucky. All I wish for is that the world would see us and accept us. We are here on this planet and we deserve a voice and consideration. My wish is to stop negative associations with unseen illness, to break down the separation between mental and physical illness, to allow people the freedom to speak of their illnesses in social and work settings without the fear of stigma and unfair treatment.

My unseen world is not unseen because of shame or fear. It is unseen because many choose not to see it. It is unseen because people don’t listen and it is unseen because I gave up explaining. However now I am not giving up, I shall explain and speak up and I shall not hide the truth. This will not change things over night but it will be my change, my contribution. I am a warrioress and my fight has just begun.

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Fundraising for Bursledon House Children’s Hospital – Please Support

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Please Help Us at Art Saves Lives International raise money for Bursledon House Children’s Hospital in Southampton.

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Art saves Lives International has been meeting the children and helping them create and paint personality portraits of themselves for an exhibition of their work at The Art House in Southampton, which is launched on the 16th of July from 6pm until 8pm and then will be on exhibition for 2 months.

The money we raise for this event will be going to Bursledon House children’s hospital and will be going towards art materials and art focused school trips and activities. 

“Bursledon House provides a homely and welcoming environment in order to support, care and manage children’s physical, psychological, educational and social needs from the ages of 0-16 years.”

 

TO DONATE TO THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE FOLLOW THIS LINK AND FOR INFO ABOUT ATTENDING THE EXHIBITION PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK

 

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Art Saves Lives International’s co-artistic director Charlotte Farhan has organised this event with artist in residence Lisa Reeve as part of ASLI’s mission, which is…

INSPIRE – INCLUDE – INNOVATE – INSTIGATE

“Art Saves Lives International is a non-profit global arts organization dedicated to providing free inspirational and inclusive arts projects to marginalized artists.”

Please help us to bring more art into these children’s lives. The exploration of creativity and its aid in helping children communicate difficult feelings, as well as the enjoyment and relaxation benefit it is a wonderful cause and event.

 

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A BIG THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US AT Art Saves Lives International, the STAFF and Children from BURSLEDON HOUSE

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Opportunity! ‘Sailing Miss Sadie’ the sequel…

We are looking for fundraisers, sponsors, volunteers, anyone who believes they can assist the next project in any way – big or small. We value your generosity as we prepare to embark on another epic, daring and life-changing journey. If you’re 18-25, longing for adventure and from a disadvantaged, marginalized or criminal background, maybe YOU can sail with Miss Sadie! Tell us who you are; what inspires you and what you’d hope to gain from the experience. For all enquiries, please email sadie@sadiekaye.tv. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

follow the link for more details…. Opportunity! ‘Sailing Miss Sadie’ the sequel….

A new Beginning – Art Saves Lives International

 

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In 2013 I was recruited as an artist in residence for the former non-profit Art Saves Lives and I was very fortunate to get great experience and exposure from this opportunity.  I became close friends with the artistic director Sadie Kaye  and we planned lots of projects for the future. At the beginning of 2014 it was official that ASL was no longer, so myself and Sadie had spoken about starting our own non-profit / charity for disadvantaged artists on a global scale and we then made the decision to get started on our dream.  Sadie and I are both co-founders and co- artistic directors of the NEW Art Saves Lives International.

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Art Saves Lives International Non Profit Organisation artsaveslivesinternational.com

With in weeks the idea had snowballed and the talented Sadie had created a fab website and I then got to work on our social media.  We want to be inclusive to all kinds of artists from all different parts of the globe, but with the focus on artists who struggle due to being stigmatised, marginalised and disadvantaged.

“Art Saves Lives International is a non-profit global arts organization dedicated to providing free inspirational and inclusive arts projects to disadvantaged, marginalized artists. We offer our artists a plethora of international platforms, cultural odysseys and innovative opportunities to unleash their creativity, gain global exposure and transform their lives.”

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Art Saves Lives International has 2 projects planned in the near future. With Sailing Miss Sadie – the sequel set for early 2015 – our first international project will be an epic adventure, watch the first Sailing Miss Sadie documentary for more details on this amazing sea voyage.

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We also have a community based project in Southampton working with children from a residential school hospital, taking our latest artist in residence Lisa Reeve to the school to engage with art as a therapeutic tool. I created an exercise in which the children paint their own personality portraits, exploring their feelings and identity.  Lisa took photographs and did character make up for the children, using her skills to help others through art.

The portraits will be exhibited at a gallery in Southampton called The Art House.  The exhibition will launch on the 16th of July and will be up for 2 months. With lots planned for the evening, here is the story so far on Bursledon House.

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We have two artists in residence

Matthew Plummer 

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Matthew Plummer

Lisa Reeve

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Lisa Reeve

We are always looking for new artists in all disciplines. Musicians, poets, dancers, writers, and visual artists. Please contact us at Art Saves Lives International if you are interested. Please meet the ASLI team, our team is expanding and if you feel you have something to offer us please get in contact.

InstagramCapture_2544b23b-55b0-4efb-877f-2f1933fd150d_jpgI am so honored to be part of this cause and organisation. I know that Sadie and I will do everything in our power to change the world for artists like us. Especially with wonderful innovative people who are part of our team at ASLI

We ask you to support us, follow us and to be part of our vision. If art has saved you life, please tell us. If you are struggling in any way, use art to heal yourself, change the world and to be the the change you wish to see.

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ASLI ART PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH BURSLEDON HOUSE

A project I have started and run as Artistic Director for Art Saves Lives International

ASLI ART PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH BURSLEDON HOUSE.

Supporting Artists affected by Mental Illness

Supporting Artists affected by Mental Illness.

Art Saves Lives International is committed to supporting and working with marginalized artists who may be struggling to cope with a mental illness. 

Find out what we at Art Saves Lives International are doing to help people all over the world use their creativity to help them through their struggles with mental illness.

The Agoraphobic Artist – My Story

MY STORY

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My story of Agoraphobia starts when I was 16 years old. Only recently discharged from an adolescent psychiatric hospital and having wanted and attempted to die for almost 5 years, (including standing in front of an oncoming train, but being rescued by a very brave train guard) I had survived and started to believe that it was a cruel, never ending punishment. However I was struggling with so many things and was having very vivid hallucinations and believed that I was indestructible.

Then at Reading festival in the year 2000 just after I had graduated from secondary school with almost nothing to show for myself as I had been in hospital for most of my GCSE’s, I went with the attitude that life was a massive joke and I was the punch line. There I met my (now) husband Mohammed, I was in love instantly. I even told my friends I would end up marrying him, they (as usual) thought I was insane, in most medical opinions I was. Sure enough I started dating Mohammed and he was and still is everything to me.

Having never had a kind, loving male in my life, having been abused by my Father and then abandoned by him and having been raped by a classmate when I was 15 (hence the break down and hospitalisation) I had found my prince in shining armour. Mohammed gave me and still gives me more than enough love to compensate for my Father not loving me and being treated the way I had been by boys and men. Mohammed truly saved me from taking my own life when I was a child. A gift of life he gave me and I was not about to waste this gift!

So after wanting nothing more than to die, I now had swiftly changed perspectives, I didn’t want to die, I didn’t want to leave Mohammed, not for one second! This I have later found out is due to my borderline personality disorder and something which we have as suffers which is called black and white thinking (also known as splitting).

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Everything suddenly felt unsafe! The world became scarier than ever, everything was potentially going to kill me, kill Mohammed and separate us. Slowly but surly I became withdrawn and anxious and developed Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I had gone from someone on the highly at risk register to someone who was preserving my existence with such an attention to detail that it was taking over my life and caused mine and Mohammed’s life to become harder and harder. We were kids, now living on our own and we were in over our heads. After almost being sectioned in an adult psychiatric ward in Guildford at 18, I decided I had to keep my mental illness hidden as much as possible, this also fed into my reclusive behaviour and soon enough I was not going out on my own, then only once a week with Mohammed to do the weekly shop and back.

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This continued for a year, then when I was 19 I found ecstasy, a class A drug which allowed me to do things which I would never be able to do, it gave me back my flip side, my fearless side. Just 2-3 pills and I was able to counterbalance my heavy anti-psychotic drugs and fear, so that I could be like my friends and hide my torment and struggle.

I wouldn’t go out, especially without Mohammed and then orchestrated my life so that it was not an obvious problem. But soon, I was put on heavier medication and became like a zombie for a year and didn’t move really, let alone going out. I was starting to create my own world.

 

A spoon full of sugar - By Charlotte Farhan http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
A spoon full of sugar – By Charlotte Farhan
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Then just before my 21st birthday I suffered a complete psychotic break from reality and broke up with Mohammed. I convinced myself that I was holding him back and that I was not good enough for him and wanted to become my other self, my reckless other side. I couldn’t make sense of anything and felt out of control. This led to a year and a half of heavy drug use, dangerous behaviour and living life as a fearless crazy person. I changed my identity, hide my illness, made friends out of enemies and had no regard for my future, just instant gratification, the thrill of being on the edge again.

However, one day I looked at Mohammed (who I was still very close friends with and who I still loved like no other) and I realised for the first time in my life that he was my future, my partner and my family and that in order to be with him I had to confront everything.

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Formidable Love – By Charlotte Farhan
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Mohammed and I got back together in 2006, although understandably he made me work for it, I had to prove myself and I put everything I had into winning Mohammed back.

After 6 months of being back together, I started feeling the panic coming back, the fear that I would die and not get to live this life with Mohammed. So I started withdrawing again from the outside world and sometime in 2006 I went out for the last time on my own.

My agoraphobia got worse in 2010, I moved to Portsmouth and within a few months of being in the city, I decided that maybe I could start working on my exposure work for my agoraphobia, so one day I decided to take a few letters I wanted to post to the post box a few meters outside my front door, Mohammed was indoors and I felt I could do this!! As I walked to the post box, I saw a man walking towards me, I didn’t really pay attention as I was on my mission. Suddenly I caught his eye and I realised it was my attacker who had raped me when I was 15, I felt all my blood escape my body, my heart stopped, I started sweating and hyperventilating, I turned on my heels and ran to my front door, thumbling around, franticly trying to turn the key, I fell through the door and couldn’t catch my breath and vomited all over myself.

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PTSD – By Charlotte Farhan
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I felt this was another cruel joke which a sinister God was playing on me. I knew this man lived in Portsmouth, but it is a massive city and did not think this could happen. My world came tumbling down around me and I felt trapped and frightened.

This led to me not being able to go to a “normal” university as I couldn’t attend classes, even with supervision or assistance. I was then told by The University of Portsmouth I was to unwell to study and had to leave. I took this as a massive failure and as I could’t work either I felt I was nothing.

This is when I turned to art (Art Saved My Life) and am now an artist who works from home. I started at the end of 2010 and now am a professional visual artist, illustrator, art mentor and I am an artist in residence as well as being a massive promoter of art and it’s benefits to aiding and managing mental illness. I also raise awareness and break down the the stigma of mental illness through my own art.

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It has been almost 7 years since I last went out alone, I am still able to go out with Mohammed, my Mother and a few safe friends, but this is only to certain places and it has to be all pre-planned with warning.

I do all this from inside my home, without leaving the house and it is a struggle everyday. I am still receiving medical treatment for my mental illnesses and am working towards a future when I can just pop to the shop across my road to get a pint of milk. People take for granted these little things which no one would think is a massive ordeal for some. I long for my independence and for freedom from my own prison. I take one day at a time. I am the sort of person that has evolved through all my trauma and pain to believe that we have no excuses, I have days when everything hurts me like I am covered in burns and other days when I can inspire over 36,000 followers and live out my dreams. All I know is that I am blessed to still be alive and to have the people I have around me and I will do everything in my power to help others like myself through art, change the world and I can only do this if I am alive, here and fighting the fight for us all.

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Thank you for reading my story.

All my love, Charlotte Farhan xxx

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The Art of Love

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As it is Valentine’s Day I decided to share the love and share it through art, my art to be exact.

I hope that where ever you are you are loved in some way and if for any reason you do not feel you are, I am here to extend my love to you.

So here is a collection of my art which shows you many different aspects of love, selflessness, generosity, unrequited love, self love, love between different sexes, lust, security, passion…

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Brighten Up – By Charlotte Farhan
This Is A Naïve Expressionist Painting Of A Brightly Placed Vase Of Flowers On A Table. It represents the elation from an unexpected gift of nature, such as flowers. It is a belief that these are given to symbolise different meanings. The bloom of a dandelion given by a small child holds as much love as a rose given by a admirer. I Have Used Acrylic Paints, Oil Pastels And Ink To Create This.
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Feeling Love – By Charlotte Farhan
This Is A Mixed Media Piece. I Have Used Découpage In The Background And Painted On Top. This Is About The Feeling Of Being Loved Unconditionally. I Have Used Acrylic, Ink And Gloss.
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A Gift From You – By Charlotte Farhan
From ‘The Flower Collection’ 2013
A Gift That Is Given Of Beauty And Nature Has Been Used For Centuries And Its Meaning Is Endless.
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Unrequited Love – By Charlotte Farhan
Unrequited Love Is Love That Is Not Openly Reciprocated Or Understood As Such, Even Though Reciprocation Is Usually Deeply Desired. This Is My Depiction Of These Feelings And Emotions.
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Genderless Love – By Charlotte Farhan
“Love Is Genderless! Our Culture And Most Cultures Associate Love To Have Different Natures And To Be Felt Differently By The Opposite Sex Or That A Same Sex Relationship Has Limits, Boundaries And Shame. Love Is Genderless, It Is Limitless.”
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Formidable Love – By Charlotte Farhan
This is a depiction of my feelings towards my husband. I feel our love is so powerful it protects us. My love is felt so strongly that sometimes I can not breath.
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Just To Make You Smile – By Charlotte Farhan
From ‘The Flower Collection’ 2013
The Language Of Flowers, Called Floriography, Was A Form Of Communication In Which Flowers Were Used To Send Coded Messages, Allowing The Expression Of Feelings Which Otherwise Could Not Be Spoken.
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Paris At Dawn – By Charlotte Farhan
The most romantic city in the world!
This Is In My Typical Style Of Naive Expressionism And Is Of Paris At Sunrise. You Can See La Tour Eiffel And Le Sacre Coeur. With A Gorgeous Pink And Blue Hue Sunrise.
Paris Is Where My Family Are From And Is Where I Spent So Much Of My Life. I Am Proud To Be French And Will Always Enjoy And Feel The Need To Paint My City.
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X Rated – By Charlotte Farhan
This Is A Pop Art Piece. It Shows A Women Climaxing And Feeling Extreme Pleasure And Lust.
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Eruption – By Charlotte Farhan
This Is A Sensual Painting Of Two Women Embracing. The Vibrant Colours Symbolise The Eruption Of Desire And Female Sensuality.
The Way You Make Me Feel - By Charlotte Farhan From The Collection ‘The Power Of Women And Femininity’ 2013 This Represents The Healthy Acceptance Of My Body With The Love Of My Husband And Myself Which Has Been An On-Going Struggle Throughout My Life. Being Healthy Is Beautiful Whichever Shape You Are.
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From The Collection ‘The Power Of Women And Femininity’ 2013 This Represents The Healthy Acceptance Of My Body With The Love Of My Husband And Myself Which Has Been An On-Going Struggle Throughout My Life. Being Healthy Is Beautiful Whichever Shape You Are. 
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With love xxx

CHARLOTTE FARHAN ART

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The Collections – A solo exhibition By Charlotte Farhan

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All photography taken by Lisa Reeve (New website being launched in 2014)

The collections exhibition by Charlotte Farhan which is on show throughout January and February, has had a very successful first month of December).

With a fabulous launch night, many tweets, Facebook messages and images of you all visiting the exhibition and giving overwhelming feedback and praise.

As well as being visited by fellow artists and photographer Philip Woolway  http://www.philipwoolway.com/ who was a featured artist in Charlotte Farhan’s Artists of the Week.

With in the first week a sale was made and other exhibition offers started coming in for 2014.

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L’automne En Provence – By Charlotte Farhan – SOLD

 

Each painting was selected from continuing collections by Charlotte Farhan. To mark a successful year of 3 solo exhibitions and to highlight the themes and subjects within Charlotte’s work. So that 2014 may be started with a fresh outlook and room for many exciting projects and new art works, focusing on more in depth expressionism as well as exploring new styles and techniques.

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Charlotte Farhan and her Mother Catherine Williams
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Please visit Le Cafe Parisien – Portsmouth and enjoy great service, food and a free exhibition by Charlotte Farhan.

If you do and like what you see, leave a comment, send a tweet, tag a picture of yourself next to your favourite painting, whatever you wish to do, just get in touch.

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NEW YEAR WISHES FROM CHARLOTTE FARHAN ART XXX

Upcoming Solo Exhibition – By Charlotte Farhan – The Collections at Le Café Parisien, Portsmouth

THURSDAY THE 5TH OF DECEMBER 19.30 – 21.30PM AND IS RUNNING ALL THROUGH DECEMBER AND JANUARY AT Le Café Parisien, Portsmouth.

Here is the event where you can join on Facebook

You are invited to the launch of Charlotte Farhan’s end of year solo exhibition at Le Café Parisien, Portsmouth.
This is your chance to view the exhibition first hand, meet the artist and enjoy an evening with nibbles and drinks at a vibrant local, double award winning establishment in the heart of the city. A little slice of continental living…

The exhibition will be up throughout the December/ January period. For more information please contact Charlotte Farhan directly at charlottefarhan83@sky.com orLe Café Parisien on 02392831234

Please invite your friends and family, don’t miss out!!

The Collections – An Exhibition by Charlotte Farhan is a selection of choice pieces, all new from Charlotte Farhan’s continuing collections.

The Flower Collection

Just To Make You Smile - By Charlotte Farhan
Just To Make You Smile – By Charlotte Farhan

Women – The Art of the female

Mindfulness - By Charlotte Farhan
Mindfulness – By Charlotte Farhan

Jordan – The Hashemite Kingdom

Rainbow Street - Amman - By Charlotte Farhan
Rainbow Street – Amman – By Charlotte Farhan

Ma Belle France

Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris - By Charlotte Farhan
Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris – By Charlotte Farhan

Breaking Through During Waking

Anxiety - By Charlotte Farhan
Anxiety – By Charlotte Farhan

Birthday Collection

(never seen before) so no pictures yet!!

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“Art is fluid and creates energy which can be felt, art is not only visual”

Charlotte’s vision for her art is as if it were a large tapestry of her life interwoven with memories, fantasies, dreams and nightmares. Colour is of the up most importance to her artistic process and can be the driving force behind an entire painting. Charlotte has vivid insight into the inner workings of the human psyche. Expressing this and with a non-cliché torment and honesty.

Visit Charlotte Farhan’s sites for more information and a chance to view previous work and exhibition;

Website: http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Artist.Charlotte.Farhan?ref=hl

I hope to see you there for the launch night, where you can meet me and ask me questions, if not please show your support and make a date during December and January to have a lovely drink and something to eat and take in my exhibition in the heart of Portsmouth and Southsea.

Thank you xxx

Charlotte Farhan’s Artists of the Week (13/10 – 20/10)

Charlotte Farhan Art http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Charlotte Farhan Art
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ARTISTS OF THE WEEK

This weeks share of inspiring artists who I have come across on my journey are visual artists Nik Uzunovski-Artist, My Dog Sighs and Trrriple Purple ART. Singer songwriter Lánre and contempory photographer Philip Woolway .

I look for inspiring artists. Artists with dedication to their craft and vision.

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ARTIST NUMBER ONE:

Philip Woolway – contemporary photographer – http://www.philipwoolway.com/

Philip Woolway is a great inspiration to me. Using his medium of photography to create art which is expressive as well as evoking the mystery, surrealistic and abstract view points of various fascinating collections.

Having the great pleasure of viewing Philip Woolways work this year I saw his exhibition titled “Curiosity” which Philip describes as

“If curiosity entices you to seek the unusual, then you may be (un)fortunate to discover a mysterious shop which rarely opens, except upon request.

From the period of the Victorian Curiosity Cabinets or Wunderkammers to the sometimes unnerving world of surrealism, these shops, with their heady mix of intrigue and superstitious fear, can possess the most wondrous and unimaginable things beyond your wildest dreams or nightmares.”

http://www.philipwoolway.com/portfolio/curiosity/#1

Other feasts for the eyes are his desolate collection titled “Remnants of Defence” 

Portraying “invisible” forts within Portsmouth Harbour which Philip de-constructs and appreciates a hidden world, lost within a busy seaside city.

“To the many people who pass them now, they are just large red-brick constructions barely raising a flicker of interest but behind the walls and the locked doors the magnificently engineered Victorian structures stand alone and resolute against the ravages of time.”

http://www.philipwoolway.com/portfolio/remnants-of-defence/#1

The inspiration I get from Philip Woolway is that the works created are stories, inviting worlds which pull you in and rewrite your own minds perceptions and opinions on the world around you.

Please visit Philip Woolway’s website and take your own visual journey.

Memories - By Charlotte Farhan http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Memories – By Charlotte Farhan
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ARTIST NUMBER TWO:

Lánre

Singer/Songwriter  http://lanreworld.wordpress.com/ – https://www.facebook.com/LanreWorld

You may remember Lánre performed at my “Breaking through during waking” exhibition this year in London. I follow Lánres career intently and wish to see her perform many times in the future. Lánre sings to your soul, she takes you on a tour of her inner world and her life so far. An invitation which is greatly welcomed by her audience.

 

I feel so inspired by Lánre’s music. The message she conveys is one of integrity and passion. I can’t recommend you listen to this music more,

This next song was played at my exhibition and truly made me feel blessed.

 

 

Genderless Love - By Charlotte Farhan
Genderless Love – By Charlotte Farhan

 

ARTIST NUMBER THREE:

Trrriple Purple Art – Visual Artist/ Portrait Artist

http://www.trrriplepurpleart.co.za/  –  https://www.facebook.com/TrrriplePurpleArt

 

This artist is a very talented. Describing herself as “Proudly South African aspiring fine artist with an obsession with eyelashes, color and anything crafty” I would describe Trrriple Purple Art’s work as a homage to glamour and beauty. With a POP ART style and amazingly talented graphic design abilities, the artist allows you to indulge in the aesthetics of women, whilst celebrating them. I have had a portrait of myself commissioned by Trrriple Purple Art and I truly love it. Admired by any visitor who enters my home and a boost for my self confidence when older.

I would strongly recommend you take a look at the website of this artist and also like their Facebook page, Trrriple Purple Art hosts fabulous competitions, in which you can win some original art. A talent to be watched and shared. As a fellow artist obsessed by women and the female form, I feel we can portray women with love and care without the cliche “subjectification of women” and female sexuality.

Portrait commissioned for me by - Trrriple Purple Art http://www.trrriplepurpleart.co.za/home
Portrait commissioned for me by – Trrriple Purple Art http://www.trrriplepurpleart.co.za/home

 

ARTIST NUMBER FOUR:

Nik Uzunovski Artist – Visual artist and Art blogger

http://nikuzunovski.wordpress.com/   –    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nik-Uzunovski-Artist/225201424159742

“Nik Uzunovski is a positive, proficient and well organised creative practitioner of several creative disciplines including painting, drawing, photography, mixed and digital media.”

I have been a fan of Nik Uzunovski work for some time and admire his vitality and energy which explodes from the canvas. A talented abstract artist who focuses on abstraction with pure determination and no compromising. The body of work is extensive but forever expanding and evolving. The artist mission statement is “An emerging contemporary artist addressing social, historical and cultural issues through a wide variety of media while also playing with the language of abstraction, compositions of the most exploratory nature.” Take a look and follow this artist on their journey and self exploration. Nik Uzunovski is also a keen art blogger and for any artist his blog is a must and a wealth of insight. You will not be disappointed.

Anxiety - By Charlotte Farhan
Anxiety – By Charlotte Farhan

 

ARTIST NUMBER FIVE:

My Dog Sighs – Visual Street Artist

http://www.mydogsighs.co.uk/  –    https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Dog-Sighs/115489371467

The latest short film about street artist My Dog Sighs, written and produced by My Dog Sighs and Strong Island Media.

I came across this artists work whilst walking in the city I live in (Portsmouth) at first glance I thought I was hallucinating and had found a small creature yet to be discovered. My Dog Sighs work is surreal, urban and otherworldly. Feeling as if you have experienced the end of the world and all that has survived is you and this art. A revolutionary artist for a movement in contemporary art which is yet to be defined, but history will have something to say about  My Dog Sighs mission and vision. Please take a look at these videos to better understand this artist and their process. It will change how you see street art and will draw you in.

“My Dog Sighs focuses the relationship and emotional discourse which arises between the work and the audience. Melancholic figures left on the streets pull the unsuspecting viewer into a confusing moral dilemma; where the guilt of ‘taking’ is directly opposed with the desire to nurture and protect. “

Wall design in office by local artist MyDogSighs.
Music: Laundromatted by Lawrence Grey

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this weeks artists. Hopefully you have found something inspiring or an artist who you love. This is a weekly post which you can be considered for, please email me at charlottefarhan83@sky.com or contact me via my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

My mission is to engage artists with one another and to share art internationally in order to break the boundaries and “accepted” arts from dominating the art scene. I find inspiring artist of all disciplines and share them with you as I believe in a new era of art sharing and engagement.

 

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Brand New Art – From Charlotte Farhan

Charlotte Farhan Art  www.charlottefarhanart.com
Charlotte Farhan Art
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A new season is upon us and I have began a new lot of paintings all centered around the self, mindfulness, psychology and philosophy. As well as touching on important issue I feel and want to express through my art.

Here are my first four from this new collection and journey of self exploration.

If you would like to keep up to date with my latest work please visit my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/about-artist-charlottefarhan

Mindfulness

By Charlotte Farhan

 

Mindfulness - By Charlotte Farhan
Mindfulness – By Charlotte Farhan

 

Mindfulness - By Charlotte Farhan
Mindfulness – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic On Boxed Canvas
  • 16″ X 20″ X 1″
  • £300.00

Mindfulness Is A Psychological Concept As Well As A Spiritual Concept According To The Teaching Of Buddha It Is Considered To Be A Tool Of Great Importance In The Path To Enlightenment.

I Have Reflected In This Piece The Idea Of Mindfulness And Letting Go Of The Ego, Hate, Greed And Delusion Of Ones Importance. The Colours In The Hair Symbolise These Barriers.

Red – Hate, Green – Greed, Pink – Ego.

Contemplative Thought And Awareness Bring One’s Complete Attention To The Present Experience On A Moment-To-Moment Basis. This Is The Peacefulness Which Is Felt.

To purchase this original painting please visit

http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/the-gallery-of-charlotte-farhan/426936_mindfulness-by-charlotte-farhan.html

Continuous Evolution Of Being

By Charlotte Farhan

 

Continuous Evolution Of Being By Charlotte Farhan
Continuous Evolution Of Being
By Charlotte Farhan

 

Continuous Evolution Of Being By Charlotte Farhan
Continuous Evolution Of Being
By Charlotte Farhan
  • 17″ x 24″ x 1″
  • Acrylic On Boxed Canvas
  • £400.00

The Same River Which Leads To The Waterfall Is Never The Same Water Flowing Past, The Drops Of Water Which Make Up The Waterfall Are Renewed Each Second.This Is A Phase That Indicates The Principle Of Manifestation.

This Basic Principle Is A Metaphysical Belief That In Order To Manifest Something, Three Components Must Come Together, Time, Space, And Energy. If A Time And A Space Are Selected Into Which Energy Is Directed, A Manifestation Will Occur.

Buddhism Addresses Deeply Philosophical Questions Regarding The Nature Of Reality. One Of The Fundamental Teachings Is That All The Forms That Make Up The Universe Are Temporary, Arising And Passing Away, And Therefore Without Concrete Identity. This Lack Of Enduring Identity Has Consequences For The Possibility Of Liberation From The Conditions Which Give Rise To Suffering.

http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/the-gallery-of-charlotte-farhan/431083_continuous-evolution-of-being.html

Closer To Nature

By Charlotte Farhan

 

Closer To Nature -  By Charlotte Farhan
Closer To Nature -
By Charlotte Farhan

 

Closer To Nature -  By Charlotte Farhan
Closer To Nature -
By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic On Boxed Canvas
  • 16″ X 20″ X 1″
  • £400.00

The Earth Has Been Seen As Female. And With Two Faces: One, The Passive, Nurturing Mother; The Other, Wild And Uncontrollable.

Women Are Often Associated With Being “Closer To Nature” Mainly In The Metaphorical Sense. Women’s Biological Connection With Life-Giving Is Thought To Be A Constant Reminder Of The Reality Of Human Mortality. This Dominance Over Women And Domination Over Nature, Leads To A Realistic Human Fear That Nature Is More Powerful Than Human Beings. By Subduing And Controlling Nature And Women, Society Thus Can Assume Power Over Life.

http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/the-gallery-of-charlotte-farhan/431129_closer-to-nature-by-charlotte-farhan.html

Freedom Versus Determinism

By Charlotte Farhan

 

Freedom Versus Determinism -  By Charlotte Farhan
Freedom Versus Determinism -
By Charlotte Farhan

 

Freedom Versus Determinism -  By Charlotte Farhan
Freedom Versus Determinism -
By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic On Boxed Canvas
  •  16″ X 20″ X 1″
  •  £400.00

This Is A Question To Whether We Have Control Over Our Own Behaviour And Understand The Motives Behind It Or If Our Behaviour Is Determined By Forces Beyond Our Control.

Behaviour Is Categorised As Being Either Unconscious, Environmental, Or Biological By Various Theories.”Is Our Behaviour Free, Or Is It Determined?”

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Stated “That Even A Man Standing Before A Firing Squad May Choose To Face Death In A Brave Manner Or A Cowardly One, And In That Sense Is Free.”

Our Behaviour Is Determined Early In Life And Re-enacted Thereafter, Our Internal Pain And Our Daily Challenges That Haunt Us Until We Come To Terms With It In Therapy, Counselling, Or Other Healing Or Trans-Formative States -Or Until We Die.

http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/the-gallery-of-charlotte-farhan/431192_freedom-versus-determinism-by-charlotte-farhan.html

Thank you for viewing the beginning of this collection

I shall be adding to this collection over time and will eventually exhibit it

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Artist Charlotte Farhan
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Artists of the Week (30/9 – 7/10)

Violet Women - By Charlotte Farhan http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Violet Women – By Charlotte Farhan
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I decided to start a weekly share of inspiring artists who I have come across on my journey. I am also now a mentor to a very talented photographer who I shall be supporting and encouraging with their art career and teaching them the “new ways” in art sharing and marketing as well as reaching a large on-line community.

I will choose 5 artists and within the 5, I shall select 3 visual artists, 1 photographer  and one “other” artist, such as poets, actors, dancers etc…

True Colours - By Charlotte Farhan
True Colours – By Charlotte Farhan

 

Here are last weeks artists:

Artist Number One:

Alex Holden – Photographer

https://www.facebook.com/alexholdenphotography?fref=ts

“Passion for all areas of Photography from nature and still life to portrait and promotional material”.

Check out some of his work on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alexholdenphotography/photos_stream

or on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/holden1000/

Although Alex is in the early stages of his career as a photographer he shows great promise. His work is professional and skilled. Using his surroundings as inspiration as well as being a keen black and white photographer. With wonderful attention to light and shade and using this to set the tone in any given shot.

Personally I like Alex’s urban photography, I think this is where he shines, he takes you on a journey and you become part of the experience, capturing unique shots which are stolen moments of silence and stillness within the concrete jungle within a city.

Here is an example of this https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.162429573964448.1073741830.153351314872274&type=3

Artist Number Two:

Karl Nova – Emcee/Poet/Singer/Blog Junky

http://about.me/karlnova

“Having fallen in love with poetry and Hip Hop at a young age, little did Karl Nova know he was beginning on a journey that would thrust him on the stage delivering poetic lines of his own in his unique, witty and energetic style.

Born and raised in London as well as Lagos, Karl always found it difficult to fit in, it reflects in his music because he speaks as one who knows what it is like to be on the margins, in a world where conformity seems to be the key in gaining acceptance, he has always been one to defy expectations and go against the grain.

Whether it is in rap format or spoken word poetry he seeks to give voice to the search for meaning and deep need for faith and hope. His music and poetry is like a diary of his journey, his highs and his lows, his discoveries, observations and personal breakthroughs. He is known for thought-provoking and soul-searching lyrics delivered in his own style which is sometimes tongue in cheek, other times serious and soul-searching but always sincere and heartfelt. Ultimately the main theme of his work is redemption and bringing up-liftment while staying true to himself and to his faith.

He has toured extensively with award-winning gospel collective GK Real but has such a voracious appetite for recording that he dropped an album (just as I AM: The Prequel) which featured Lisa McClendon, Dwayne Tryumf, Jahaziel and Butta P of Rhema Soul as well as 2 official mixtapes and a dance EP. He is known for his energetic soul barring live performances and he is truly an M.C that moves the crowd.

His latest album “Delayed But Not Denied” carries on the story of a young man going through the trials of life in trying times. This album is available digitally worldwide and is impacting many.

His current self-produced single “Invincible Joy” is available digitally worldwide and this takes us to a whole new chapter of Karl’s journey as he not only shows himself as a songwriter but a producer as well creating his own sound. A new album totally produced by him is in the works. Stay tuned to the unfolding narrative.”

I have had the pleasure of meeting Karl Nova as he came to one of my exhibitions this year. Not only is Karl Nova an amazing talent in everything he sets his mind to, he is also a “self-made” creative with social media know how and an inspirational way of connecting with others through his work and just as a person. Humble is an understatement. A true talent and one to watch!

http://www.youtube.com/KarlNova

Artist Number Three:

Tina Ashton – Artist/Painter

https://www.facebook.com/TinaAshtonArt

“I am a painter who has been passionately working in acrylic since returning to study Art & Design at college as a mature student back in 2001. Ever since I have been painting, exhibiting and selling my paintings across the globe and I feel very lucky to be doing something that I love.

Home is close to Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire and I am very fortunate to have my studio on the first floor which looks out across a pretty lake. I love painting Trees mostly, but I also enjoy modern portraiture and the occasional abstract work”.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151582305501477.1073741825.94478746476&type=3

 

I am a big fan of this artists work I love the Fauvism and the bold colour choices. I enjoy Tina Ashton’s art and would love to own an original piece for my collection at some point. Please follow one of the links and take a look at an amazing visual artist, who paints from the heart.

Artist Number Four:

Memosa Art – Artist/Painter

“Paintings on canvas and in frames, any size you require. I’ve worked on large commissions for businesses as well private customers. Visit my website www.memosa.co.uk for more examples”.

Memosa Art is an abstract landscape painter who takes beautiful scenes and landscapes and creates visual art on a wide range of canvas sizes. I adore the colour and movement in Memosa’s paintings. A simple landscape is transformed into a living work of art which renders the imagination mute in ore of its beauty.

Please follow this link to see these beautiful works of art and to learn more https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memosa-art/147196308699562?sk=photos_albums

Artist Number Five:

Nancy Beardsley – Artist/ Painter/Photographer

https://www.facebook.com/Nancy.Beardsley.Art

“Nancy Beardsley was a stay-at-home Mom when she found her passion for creativity. She has always loved any form of creativity and first started to paint in 1993 but did not pursue it fully at that time. She did a painting here and painting there until 2009 when a lovely friend of hers suggested she take a course or start painting again. It was that ever so soft nudge that got her going. Her art is at times abstract, spiritual. light, loving and simple and always happy. Her art is really a cross pollenisation of all those things.
Her interest in art started with Grandma Moses famous painting entitled “Early Springtime on the Farm”. Other artists that Nancy admires are:
Glo Sessions (She is from Nancy’s home town of Bristol, CT. She owns four of Glo’s pieces.) Harold Kraus (Who Nancy wishes she knew more about.)”

Nancy Beardsley is a positive visual artist with a gift for the bold and colourful. The use of photography and inspired ways of sharing art. There is a welcoming aspect to Nancy’s art, it invites you in for a feast and reminds you of the abundance of beauty which surrounds us. I feel at home with this art, it makes the soul happy with no hidden agenda.

Please follow the link to see examples of Nancy Beardsley Art

https://www.facebook.com/Nancy.Beardsley.Art/photos_albums

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Thank you for reading about these artists, if you would like to be considered for artist of the week or would like to know more about my mentoring services then please contact me at charlottefarhan83@sky.com or visit my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Look out for next weeks artists…

Genderless Love - By Charlotte Farhan http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Genderless Love – By Charlotte Farhan
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A Journey to Recovery – How Art Heals the Body, Mind and Soul

Charlotte Farhan Art  http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Charlotte Farhan Art
http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.” John Olsen 

 

Today I want to discuss the physical benefits to art and having a creative outlet. I was diagnosed with Diabetes and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome at the end of 2012 which turned my world upside down. Now, over half a year on and I am back to having doctors appointments and tests, as I have a condition affecting my legs and joints which should be diagnosed next week.

As one can imagine having these problems on top of my mental illness has been a struggle and challenge. Especially as this has been my busiest year to date for my art. With five solo exhibitions, several group shows, being in The Portsmouth News and becoming an artist in residence at ART SAVES LIVES, it has been wonderful. Not to forget the amazing support I have received from happy customers, gallery owners, mentors and my wonderful little creative army of fans on my social media sites, reaching over 31,000 likes and followers!!

Charlotte Farhan Art  http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Charlotte Farhan Art
http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

During this whirlwind of excitement, success and gratitude I have been healing myself. I have lost 4 stone and dropped 4 dress sizes as well as many inches all over. I now have a clean living approach and try and eat organic, unrefined, unprocessed, fair trade whole foods. I exercise and concentrate on my therapy for my Personality disorder, Post traumatic stress and anxiety disorder as well as targeted exposure work for my agoraphobia. My husband and I are also trying for a baby, which due to my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a struggle.

All these things can bog a person down and make the “need” to create art seem an irrelevant task and one which should be put on hold!

This is not correct!!!

When feeling unwell, mentally or physically, when life causes undue stress and anxiety or when caring for others in these situations means your self care goes out the window.

THIS IS WHEN WE SHOULD CREATE!!

Charlotte Farhan Art  http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Charlotte Farhan Art
http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Current research is following a number of paths. Scientists measure the natural substances your body produces when you’re exposed to the arts. Others look at what happens when you are active in the creative process. Researchers are now investigating how the arts can help us recover from disease, injury and psychological trauma.

 

Art therapy can help improve various mental and physical symptoms including,  reducing pain, anxiety, and tension. It can be beneficial to those who have mental disorders, cancer, post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), people who are bipolar, and a variety of other serious ailments.

Megan Robb, a certified art therapist at NIH’s Clinical Centre, says, “When traumatic memories are stored in the brain, they’re not stored as words but as images. Art therapy is uniquely suited to access these memories.”

PTSD - By Charlotte Farhan http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
PTSD – By Charlotte Farhan
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I have discussed my mental health issues and how art has saved my life, if unfamiliar please follow this link. http://artistcharlottefarhan.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/art-saved-my-life-my-ongoing-struggle-with-mental-illness/

For people with physical disorders art adds meaning to life.

Art is especially important for people with physical challenges as they may not be able to participate in activities as they had in the past. It keeps the mind engaged and lowers stress and pain levels. A recent report from Finnish scientists showed that listening to music helps stroke patients recover both memory and focused attention.

That Day - By Charlotte Farhan http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
That Day – By Charlotte Farhan
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It has also been studied and concluded that there are benefits to cardiovascular, stroke and diabetic patients. Art can reduce blood pressure and music can help irregular heart beats and creative writing can allow people to understand and face their life challenges better.

“By engaging in art, dance, poetry or music, people are likely to initiate processes that help them manage stress, reduce negative mood states and perhaps change behaviour that we know impacts cardiovascular risk and recovery,” ( Joshua Smyth, a psychologist at Syracuse University)

 

So my point is this, art can be a positive new direction which everyone can do a little more of in their lives. Be creative in whatever you wish, engage your inner artist, musician, poet, whatever you decide will only enrich your life as it has done mine.

I may get bad news with my biopsy next week, I may have good and bad days with my long list of ailments, but I assure you the one thing which shall never change is my need to create and my need to inspire you all to do the same.

Charlotte Farhan Art http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Charlotte Farhan Art
http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

I not only believe in the healing powers of art I also believe in the healing power of positive energy. I feel with all the challenges life throws at you, you have a choice in which to find a silver lining, a positive over the negative, a way to turn pain, fear and loss into an energy which is filled with positivity which you can pass on throughout your family, friends and community.

Spoon full of sugar - By Charlotte Farhan http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Spoon full of sugar – By Charlotte Farhan
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For all of you which may be suffering or caring for      those who do, I send you all my love and support.  You are all in my thoughts whilst I create my art.

I am artist in residence at  ART SAVES LIVES http://artsaveslives.co.uk/

A not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to  providing free inspirational and inclusive arts  experiences to engage disadvantaged and  marginalised artists in the UK.  Please visit the website and help us to improve peoples lives through art.

Charlotte Farhan Art  http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Charlotte Farhan Art
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There is no must in art because art is free.”  Wassily Kandinsky 

 

If you are interested in knowing more about my art, upcoming exhibitions or wish to know more about me please visit my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/ and if you would like to contact me please email charlottefarhan83@sky.com

 

Charlotte Farhan Art http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/
Charlotte Farhan Art
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Commissioned paintings and creating unique art for the individual

I have done many commissioned paintings and gifts for friends, family and charities. When a commission is brought to me the first question I ask is “do you want this painting in my style” if the answer is yes, then great!! If the answer is no, then I have to explain and decline that my style is my art and I do not copy or paint in a “style” other than my own. This so far has not been an issue and most people come to me specifically for my “style”.

The creative process starts with a standard set of questions.

  1. What would you like your painting to be about? A cityscape, portrait, a painting based on your favourite photo or anything from your imagination?
  2. What are the main colours you wish to be used. If people are familiar with my work they come to me for my vivid use of colour. I ask for at least 4 colours and ask for any the customer does not like at all.
  3. Then there is the question of size and the choice of portrait or landscape?
  4. Would you like the painting framed or the boarders of the blocked canvas painted, would you like fittings for hanging?
  5. Lastly, what payment method would you like to use? I accept Paypal, direct bank transfers or credit card payments. I also accept price plans, so if you would like t pay over several weeks or months you can do this and your painting will be sent after the last instalment.

Once I have this information I then get a small plan together and then go to my second line of questions:

  1. I will ask specific questions regarding the subject chosen so for example, when a customer wanted a sunset and Father and son walking into the distance I asked if this was sentimental, emotional, a memory or if it was a specific image they own?
  2. I ask what their favourite artists, music, literature and films are? This gives me a lot of insight into their tastes and passions.
  3. Finally I ask which of my paintings they prefer so to know what it is they like about my individual style so to incorporate this in their painting.

Here are some examples of commission paintings I have done:

Commissioned paintings - By Charlotte Farhan
Untitled -Commissioned painting – By Charlotte Farhan
Memories of Spain - By Charlotte Farhan
Memories of Spain – By Charlotte Farhan
In Memory of Elizabeth - By Charlotte Farhan
In Memory of Elizabeth – By Charlotte Farhan
Cupcake - By Charlotte Farhan
Cupcake – By Charlotte Farhan
al-Deir, Petra, Jordan - By Charlotte Farhan
al-Deir, Petra, Jordan – By Charlotte Farhan

Here is an example of my most recent commission.

The brief:

Colourful, butterfly inspired portrait. With purples, blues, greens and some sparkle. The favourite pieces from my past work were Genderless Love, With Flowers in her Hair and X – Rated. Favourite Music: Techno – House music, acoustic and rock and roll. This was a birthday gift so it had to be happy and passionate. No framing required but boarders painted so ready to hang.

Here is the step by step process of this commission:

MY BUTTERFLY – BY CHARLOTTE FARHAN

STEP 1:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan  STEP ONE:
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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STEP 2:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan  STEP TWO
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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STEP 3:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan STEP THREE
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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STEP 4:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan STEP FOUR
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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STEP 5:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan  STEP FIVE
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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STEP 6:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan STEP SIX
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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STEP 7:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan STEP SEVEN
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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STEP 8:

My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan  STEP EIGHT
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan STEP NINE
My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan
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Happy Becky with her new painting called My Butterfly - By Charlotte Farhan
Happy Becky with her new painting called My Butterfly – By Charlotte Farhan

I enjoy creating commissioned paintings for people and enjoy painting new images and ideas which would probably never have come to my mind to create.

If you are interested in a commissioned painting then please do not hesitate to contact me. Either leave a comment here on my blog or visit my website  http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

You can also contact me directly via my email at charlottefarhan83@sky.com

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” Marc Chagall

Breaking through during waking – An Exhibition by Charlotte Farhan

Amman At Dusk By Charlotte Farhan

A week ago today I was half way through my first solo two day exhibition at NSH Arts in London, Mile End. I was feeling very excited and felt very blessed that the evening before had gone so well and how wonderfully I had been received. My exhibition was organised by Art Saves Lives an organisation which I am a resident artist for in London. The exhibition was my largest yet with 26 paintings.

Artist Charlotte Farhan
Artist Charlotte Farhan

The Venue – NSH Arts – London

The Space

“A classic Georgian House the east end of London, 439 Mile End Road has been refurbished to offer a versatile set of spaces intended for exhibition of 2D and 3D installations, music, theatre and study. The scale is defined by the domestic setting – but the possibilities are dramatic – including opera and indoor/outdoor exhibitions.”

Nick Hugh the director was so helpful and operates his venue and organisation with a relaxed professionalism which is calming for the artist and audience.

For further details please visit NSH Arts website

http://www.nsharts.org/index.html

Organised by Art Saves Lives – London

“Art Saves Lives is a not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to providing inspirational and inclusive arts experiences to engage marginalised and underprivileged young artists in the UK. We offer our artists a plethora of multi-media visual arts, performing arts and film opportunities to unleash their artistic potential and transform their lives.”

Mr Dean Stalham – Company Director, organised my exhibition and promoted it. Dean was amazing and I am very grateful for his help and dedication.

http://artsaveslives.co.uk/about-us-2/team-asl

Miss Sadie Kaye – Artistic Director, offered continuous moral support and aided me through out my creative process all the way from Hong Kong, as always I am very grateful.

http://www.sadiekaye.com/

Please show your support for Art Saves Lives and check out their site

http://artsaveslives.co.uk/

  Exhibition Poster - created by Art Saves Lives  http://artsaveslives.co.uk/

Exhibition Poster – created by Art Saves Lives
artsaveslives.co.uk

Here is my exhibition for all those who could not attend and for those who are just finding out about my art. I hope you will feel as if you were there.

Breaking Through During Waking – An Exhibition by Charlotte Farhan

My vision for this exhibition was a collection of my best work which represented my journey so far. From childhood memories, life stories and events, with political and religious comments and parts of my inner self which begged to be exposed and exploded from my mind on to canvas.  My work is always reflective and is meant to provoke discussion and to reflect positive energy from colour.

Alter Ego (self portrait) By Charlotte Farhan
Alter Ego (self portrait) By Charlotte Farhan
This is my only and first attempt at a self-portrait. I also reflected my alter ego instead of my outer known self. My alter ego is a moody, dramatic and negative nightmare with no care for the world or their place in it.
Amman Cityscape (down town) - By Charlotte Farhan
Amman Cityscape (down town) – By Charlotte Farhan
From the collection ‘Jordan (the Hashemite Kingdom)’ 2012 A naive abstraction of shape and use of engaging colours to represent the feelings and expressions the city gives.
Anxiety - By Charlotte Farhan
Anxiety – By Charlotte Farhan
This is a depiction of anxiety. The 5 symbols are the main neurotransmitters involved with anxiety. Anxiety disorders are associated with decreased activity of serotonin, dopamine and Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. Norepinephrine (NE) and Epinephrine (adrenalin) can be overactive and are the hormones and neurotransmitter which allows us to have the “fight or flight” response to stress.
A Spoon Full Of Sugar - By Charlotte Farhan
A Spoon Full Of Sugar – By Charlotte Farhan
Medication is as easy to get hold of as candy. People are being medicated and loured in by false advertisements and ideals towards states of constant happiness. Being locked into a system which is designed as a business, not an organisation for the welfare of human kind.
The Way You Make Me Feel - By Charlotte Farhan
The Way You Make Me Feel – By Charlotte Farhan
From the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2013 This represents the healthy acceptance of my body with the love of my husband and myself which has been an on-going struggle throughout my life. Being healthy is beautiful whichever shape you are.
True Colours - By Charlotte Farhan
True Colours – By Charlotte Farhan
From the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2013 Our inner feelings are often masked and not shown. This is a reflection on our inner voice and true feelings.

Rainbow Street (Amman) & Amman at Dusk - By Charlotte Farhan

Rainbow Street (Amman) & Amman at Dusk – By Charlotte Farhan
Amman at Dusk – By Charlotte Farhan
Amman, is a city which reminds me of how strong I am and reminds me of the adventure and diversity which exists on our planet. I have faced many fears to visit this amazing city in Jordan where my husband is from. It is a spiritual home where I found an inner peace on my second visit in 2011.
Amman, Rainbow Street – By Charlotte Farhan
“Rainbow Street” is in the historic area of Jabal Amman, Jordan. This is the home of the artistic community located at the heart of Amman’s oldest neighbourhood. An inspirational and energetic vibe is felt here.
Silence is Oppressive - By Charlotte Farhan
Silence is Oppressive – By Charlotte Farhan
Fear of telling a secret or confessing to feelings of despair or self-loathing can causes the silence to rule over you repressively. Our mind and body holds these feelings and thoughts and buries them in our memory to preserve how much our mind can deal with at any one time, dictating our thoughts.
Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris - By Charlotte Farhan
Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris – By Charlotte Farhan
This is from the collection ‘Ma belle France’ 2013 A naive impression of the famous cafe in Montmartre, Paris, called Le Consulat. In the background you can see the Sacre Coeur.
Genderless Love - By Charlotte Farhan
Genderless Love – By Charlotte Farhan
Love is genderless! Our culture and most cultures associate love to have different natures and to be felt differently by the opposite sex or that a same sex relationship has limits, boundaries and shame. Love is genderless, it is limitless.
Candy Girl By Charlotte Farhan
Candy Girl By Charlotte Farhan
This is a comment on the consequences of the over exposure and sexualisation which children are subjected to in our media. This directly has a negative impact on self-image and healthy development, self-image problems such as shame leading to depression and anxiety.
She is a Warrior - By Charlotte Farhan
She is a Warrior – By Charlotte Farhan
I like to think of myself as a survivor or more accurately a warrior. I have fought battles and defeated negative armies. I like the visualisation that my inner warrior is in control and can defeat negative thoughts instantly.
Dualism - By Charlotte Farhan
Dualism – By Charlotte Farhan
An expressionist representation of physical and spiritual dualism, from a philosophical view point. I asked myself what is spirit?
That Day - By Charlotte Farhan
That Day – By Charlotte Farhan
This is an expressionist piece reflecting the sadness and isolation experienced after a devastating trauma and how “that day” is frozen in time forever.
Memories - By Charlotte Farhan
Memories – By Charlotte Farhan
Trees have played an important role in many of the world’s mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred meanings throughout the ages. My trees symbolise life and death and in particular the death of my friend Jenny who lives on in my art as a tree.
Paris at Dawn - By Charlotte Farhan
Paris at Dawn – By Charlotte Farhan
Paris is where my family are from and is where I spent so much of my life. I am proud to be French and will always enjoy and feel the need to paint my city
Misused & Abused - By Charlotte Farhan
Misused & Abused – By Charlotte Farhan
A political statement about the role religion plays and how it is used to accuse and vindicate our beliefs towards who is to blame for poverty, hunger and war.
A Gift From You - By Charlotte Farhan
A Gift From You – By Charlotte Farhan
From ‘The Flower Collection’ 2013 A gift that is given of beauty and nature has been used for centuries and its meaning is endless. The language of flowers, called floriography, was a form of communication in which flowers were used to send coded messages, allowing the expression of feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.
Feeling Love - By Charlotte Farhan
Feeling Love – By Charlotte Farhan
This is from the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2012 A mixed media piece which symbolises the feeling of being loved unconditionally.
Divine Authority - By Charlotte Farhan
Divine Authority – By Charlotte Farhan
I grew up as a French Catholic and went to Roman Catholic convents and schools in England. A concept and dogma was a faceless authority of all good and bad to me as a child. It has led me to another spiritual path of deism but the authority is still felt and engrained.
Freedom Over Life - By Charlotte Farhan
Freedom Over Life – By Charlotte Farhan
This explores the controversy surrounding suicide. This is a representation of my beautiful best friend Jenny who I met in an adolescent psychiatric ward, she committed suicide after suffering from severe mental illness and being hospitalised for years. Jenny’s medical condition caused her to make a choice. As devastated as we all were we all understood and felt no anger. Jenny is free now.
Earth - By Charlotte Farhan
Earth – By Charlotte Farhan
This symbolises the notion of “mother earth” and how nature can immolate gender association and how we anthropomorphize nature.

PTSD - By Charlotte Farhan

PTSD – By Charlotte Farhan
This is a reflective piece. It is painted in a naïve style. This represents the image my inner child would paint to explain the emotions attached to this condition. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe condition that may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events.
With Flowers in her Hair - By Charlotte Farhan
With Flowers in her Hair – By Charlotte Farhan
From the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2013 Women have been associated with the physical side of life our role has always been described as being ‘closer to nature’. Women have been affected by the devaluation throughout time and this is reflected in our images and media, this is an image to empower and readdress the positive.
X Rated - By Charlotte Farhan
X Rated – By Charlotte Farhan
A women climaxing and feeling extreme pleasure and lust. Women are still thought of differently when thought to be sexually liberated. Negative associations and expectations are placed on women.
Fabio Tedde
Fabio Tedde

During my exhibition the fabulously talented pianist Fabio Tedde played his music. Fabio’s music set the scene for a relaxed evening.  Pleasure for the ears and the eyes was our collaboration.

Here are some videos of Fabio Tedde for you to listen to 

You can also visit his website

http://www.fabiotedde.com/en/index.php

Fabio Tedde playing at Charlotte Farhan's exhibition at NSH Arts
Fabio Tedde playing at Charlotte Farhan’s exhibition at NSH Arts, London                  Photography by Charlotte & Mohammed Farhan

The Wonderful singer/songwriter Lánre also sang three amazing songs and the one she picked especially for my exhibition, was this song called “inspiration”

Lánre – Inspiration

Lánre - Singing at Charlotte Farhan's exhibition at NSH Arts, London. Photography By Charlotte and Mohammed Farhan
Lánre – Singing at Charlotte Farhan’s exhibition at NSH Arts, London.                Photography By Charlotte and Mohammed Farhan

 Lánre is a beautiful women with true soul which runs deep and pleases the ears with a delightful ease and passion. A rising star who has a long and bright future ahead, watch this space because Lánre  is coming!!

Fabio Tedde & Lánre performing together at Charlotte Farhan's Exhibition at NSH Arts, London Photography by Charlotte and Mohammed Farhan
Fabio Tedde & Lánre performing together at Charlotte Farhan’s Exhibition at NSH Arts, London
Photography by Charlotte and Mohammed Farhan
Internal Thoughts - By Charlotte Farhan Donated to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, in association with Art Saves Lives
Internal Thoughts – By Charlotte Farhan
Donated to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, in association with Art Saves Lives

GUEST SPEAKERS

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We also had inspiring guest speakers and were supported by Community Options with Ian bland, speaking about the organisation and who runs a creativity project for Art Saves Lives called Credo.

http://www.community-options.org.uk/#

“Our vision is for everyone who is experiencing mental ill-health to have access to appropriate and timely support and to lead valued lives in the community as equal citizens.”

http://www.credoceramics.org/v/index

“Through gentle encouragement  professional support and guidance we enable our members  to explore their creative potential and build self confidence and self worth. “

Also Philip Singh, who runs a council funded user led mental health support group. Part of a network of 33 groups in tower hamlets called SUN.

http://www.swlstg-tr.nhs.uk/our-services/sun-service-user-network/

The Service User Network (S.U.N) is a group peer support service which helps people cope with personality disorder and emotional/behavioural difficulties.

It aims to help service users feel more supported, less excluded and more empowered.  This is achieved through learning new coping strategies, which can help people have fewer crises, and be able to access other services more simply when needed.

S.U.N works alongside mainstream services

Inspiring and informative talks – Thank you

Dualism - By Charlotte Farhan  This painting is now in the permanent art collection of Nick Hugh the director of NSH Arts and this is a true honour.
Dualism – By Charlotte Farhan
This painting is now in the permanent art collection of Nick Hugh the director of NSH Arts and this is a true honour.

Exhibition Photos – By Mohammed Farhan & Edited By Charlotte Farhan

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I hope you have enjoyed my exhibition

Thank you for visiting – your support is gratefully received

If you are interested in my work please visit my website

http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

An artist has every right – one may even say a duty – to exhibit their productions as prominently as they can.

(Jacques Barzun)

An invitation to my first solo London exhibition

Exhibition info

 

For two nights only…..

On Thursday the 25th of July and Friday the 26th of July, this week! I am having my first ever London exhibition and you are invited to attend. It is organised by Art Saves Lives as I am a resident artist of theirs, here is what they said on the invitation “Brilliant young artist Charlotte Farhan is having her first London exhibition showcasing her wonderful talents at the sublime NSH ARTS gallery in MIle End”.

My art is inspired by my inner world. I explore different themes in my work such as Women & Femininity, Religion, Politics and Nature and it’s beauty. I have also started a new collection which I shall be showcasing in this exhibition and it is exploring my mental illness and the mind in general from an art therapy point of view. Plus there is at least one or two from all my previous collections.

Please come to view original visual art at a brilliant venue.

PLEASE SUPPORT! On for two nights only- one not to be missed.

We are supported by Community Options and have two wonderful guest speakers confirmed for the 25th- Ian bland, who runs a creativity project for Art Saves Lives called Credo and Philip Singh, who runs a council funded user led mental health support group… Part of a network of 33 groups in tower hamlets called SUN.

There will also be live music played by The Piano Man himself- Pianist-Composer Fabio Tedde and a Special guest Singer-Songwriter Lánre

http://lanreworld.wordpress.com/ 

http://www.fabiotedde.com/en/index.php

Nibbles and wine will be served.

To attend, please contact Art Saves Lives directly at info@artsaveslives.co.uk and state which evening you wish to attend either Thursday or Friday it starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 10pm

Here is the gallery website http://www.nsharts.org/index.html

Here is Art Saves Lives website http://artsaveslives.co.uk/asl-events-2/charlotte-farhan-exhibition

Here is my website: http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Alter Ego (self portrait) - By Charlotte Farhan
Alter Ego (self portrait) – By Charlotte Farhan

Thank you for reading and I hope you come along. If you miss it I shall be doing a special blog on the exhibition next week.

Have a great day! xxx

 

Insights Into My World – My Collections – Ma Belle France

Le Vieux Port De Saint Tropez - By Charlotte Farhan
Le Vieux Port De Saint Tropez – By Charlotte Farhan

MA BELLE FRANCE – A COLLECTION – BY CHARLOTTE FARHAN

I have several ongoing collections. Ma Belle France is my collection exploring my French culture and memories. I have dual nationality and have always been bilingual in French and English. I have no English family as my Father who is British was adopted and left the family home when I was under 10 years old. Even though my base was in England, I grew up with two homes one in Petersfield, Hampshire in England and one in Juvisy-sur-Orge  Île-de-France, France. I had an English bedroom and a French bedroom. I would spend half my time in England and half in France. I felt special being from both countries and often sought out other multi national children. I was secure with my identity as a young child.

Les Fleurs de Provence - By Charlotte Farhan
Les Fleurs de Provence – By Charlotte Farhan

As a small child my earliest French memories were of me sitting at our big dinning room table and me in my high chair eating escargot (snails) and watching TF1 News, the equivalent of BBC 1 news and my Grandmother (Meme) and great Grandmother (Meme Bobo) sitting at the table and doting over me. I am so happy in this memory.

I also remember sitting with Meme drawing. My Grandmother was a wonderful sketcher and taught me a lot! She was not a soft teacher, if my picture did not resemble what I set out for she would tell me it was wrong and get me to start again. She would not give me false praise and I have to say I loved her for it. When one of my drawings made it to the wall or fridge I knew I had done well and deserved this noble place.

Grasse, France - By Charlotte Farhan
Grasse, France – By Charlotte Farhan

My Grandmother took me to galleries in Paris as we lived 10 minutes outside the city. We would visit place Georges Pompidou and watch sketch artists and street performers outside the Musée National d’Art Moderne. We would also (with my Mother) visit Montmartre, which is my favourite place in Paris. Montmartre is the artist quarter of Paris and many famous artists had studios there such as Salvador Dali, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pable Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. This was an inspiration to me and has contributed to my love of art and my motivation to become and artist.

Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris - By Charlotte Farhan
Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris – By Charlotte Farhan

My Mother who moved to England in her early twenties had made lots of Franco-file friends and most spoke fluent French and often travelled with us to France or Corsica in the Summer. My Mother also worked in the travel industry and contracted villas all over western Europe and the Caribbean. So I often had Meme come to England during term time to look after me, Meme spoke no English but we didn’t need to speak English. We had created our own mini French culture in England.

Les Maison De Ville, Grasse, Provence - By Charlotte Farhan
Les Maison De Ville, Grasse, Provence – By Charlotte Farhan

My French memories and side of my personality is very strong! I am proud to be French and identify more with my French culture. I am also proud to be British but I do not feel as comfortable with this identity and have no cultural references or memories. At school I did not fit in very well with other fully English kids. I was an odd child who even at a very early age spoke of art and culture, which alienated my primary school piers and annoyed my adolescent piers. By the age of 14 I didn’t draw attention to my French nationality as I wanted to be popular and fit in. England can be very hostile to France and the jokes and stereotypes hurled at me used to affect and upset me at this age.

I would have moved to France if I had not met my husband who is also a dual national, half British and half Jordanian. We share English as our common language and although we could both reside in each others countries we choose not to for now. But we are very blessed to have three glorious countries to choose from and enjoy travelling to France and Jordan regularly.

Paris sunrise - By Charlotte Farhan
Paris sunrise – By Charlotte Farhan    

What I look for when finding inspiration for a painting for this particular collection is I firstly look at old photographs of my life in France. I then use an image as reference and explore my emotions surrounding the image and then I plan my painting. I often paint Paris, Provence and the Côte d’Azur. When I travel to France I also take new images and plan paintings whilst on location.

So when I create a painting for this collection it is to reflect my impression of France and illustrates my secure happy French self and reflects my pride for my country. I use the colours which conjure the emotions felt when thinking of these memories and feelings. I know that France as a subject has been an inspiration to many artists. But I did not want to reproduce paintings of accurate landscapes and scenes I wanted to show my France.

L'automne en Provence - By Charlotte Farhan
L’automne en Provence – By Charlotte Farhan

I also paint my country to feel a connection which I need to continue as I miss my France everyday and it eases this pain and longing in my heart. I am nostalgic and romantic about France and I hope this is all reflected in my paintings.

I waned to share this with you so that you would understand my collection and maybe give more meaning to these images. I am sure if you have been to France you too will have memories and connections to this country.

L'été À Ma Fenêtre - By Charlotte Farhan
L’été À Ma Fenêtre – By Charlotte Farhan

I hope you have enjoyed this insight into this collection. Thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to read it!

If you are interested in buying any of my art or to keep up to date with all my news, please visit my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/ and if you have any questions either leave a comment or contact me via email charlottefarhan83@sky.com

 

bonne journée xxx

Have a great day! xxx

 

 

 

 

Silver Linings – Emotions in Colour – Solo Art Exhibition – From Charlotte Farhan

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On Friday the 24th of May my first solo exhibition opened at The Art House in Southampton, Hampshire, England.

I created this exhibition to highlight my ongoing collections and to express my symbology and messages which exist in my paintings. I named the exhibition ‘Silver Linings – Emotions in Colour’ because I use my art to find and create positive energy. A lot of my art originates from my past and my negative experiences from my childhood and adolescents as well as my ongoing struggle with mental illness. I did not want to produce the cliché angst ridden art which is associated with mental illness. I wanted to inspire and create art which empowers the beauty of positivity.

For all of you who can not attend my exhibition especially those of you abroad, as promised I have created this blog post as a mini on-line exhibition so you can view my work and feel like you experienced it in the flesh! I hope you enjoy it.

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SILVER LININGS – EMOTIONS IN COLOUR

BY CHARLOTTE FARHAN

Feeling Love - By Charlotte Farhan

Feeling Love – By Charlotte Farhan

This is from the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2012                                      

A mixed media piece which symbolises the feeling of being loved unconditionally.  £50.00

A Gift From You - By Charlotte Farhan

A Gift From You – By Charlotte Farhan

From ‘The Flower Collection’ 2013                                                                                                

A gift that is given of beauty and nature has been used for centuries and its meaning is endless.  £155.00

 

Laying in Flowers - By Charlotte Farhan

Laying In Flowers – By Charlotte Farhan

This is from the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2011                              

Being at one with nature alleviates the stress of everyday life and re-energises our mind and soul.   £70.00 

Amman Cityscape - By Charlotte Farhan

Amman Cityscape – By Charlotte Farhan

From the collection ‘Jordan (the Hashemite Kingdom)’ 2012                                                

A naive abstraction of shape and use of engaging colours to represent the feelings and expressions the city gives.  £300.00

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Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris – By Charlotte Farhan

This is from the collection ‘Ma belle France’ 2013                                                                          

A naive impression of the famous cafe in Montmartre, Paris, called Le Consulat. In the background you can see the Sacre Coeur.  £400.00

Dualism - By Charlotte Farhan

Dualism – By Charlotte Farhan

An expressionist representation of physical and spiritual dualism, from a philosophical view point. I asked myself what is spirit?  £155.00

Brighten Up - By Charlotte Farhan

Brighten Up – By Charlotte Farhan

From ‘The Flower Collection’ 2013                                                                                                     

An expressionist piece to encourage the mind to “brighten up” our thoughts and embrace the positive which surrounds us. £50.00

Summer Is Coming - By Charlotte Farhan

Summer is Coming – By Charlotte Farhan

A naïve style painting of a tree blossoming just as summer starts. A rebirth, a chance to start again.  £80.00

Sitting Pretty - By Charlotte Farhan

Sitting Pretty – By Charlotte Farhan

A naïve style painting reflecting on my world and the joy animals and nature bring to our lives.  £50.00

Just To Make You Smile - By Charlotte Farhan

Just to Make you smile – By Charlotte Farhan

From ‘The Flower Collection’ 2013                                                                                                                    

The language of flowers, called floriography, was a form of communication in which flowers were used to send coded messages, allowing the expression of feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.  £155.00

Memories - By Charlotte Farhan

Memories – By Charlotte Farhan

Trees have played an important role in many of the world’s mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred meanings throughout the ages. My trees symbolise life and death and in particular the death of my friend Jenny who lives on in my art as a tree.  £80.00

Tulip - By Charlotte Farhan

Tulip – By Charlotte Farhan

From ‘The Flower Collection’ 2013                                                                                                

During the Ottoman Empire, the tulip was seen as a symbol of abundance and indulgence. In fact, the era was called the Tulip era. This is an abstract piece to show how nature symbolises this abundance.  £80.00

The Way You Make Me Feel  - By Charlotte Farhan

The Way You Make Me Feel – By Charlotte Farhan

From the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2013                                                    

This represents the healthy acceptance of my body with the love of my husband and myself which has been an on-going struggle throughout my life. Being healthy is beautiful whichever shape you are.  £155.00

With Flowers in Her Hair - By Charlotte Farhan

With Flowers In Her Hair – By Charlotte Farhan

From the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2013                                          

Women have been associated with the physical side of life our role has always been described as being ‘closer to nature’.                                                                                                                       Women have been affected by the devaluation throughout time and this is reflected in our images and media, this is an image to empower and re-address the positive.  £50.00

 

True Colours - By Charlotte Farhan

True Colours – By Charlotte Farhan

From the collection ‘The Power of Women and Femininity’ 2013                                  

Our inner feelings are often masked and not shown. This is a reflection on our inner voice and true feelings.  £50.00

END OF EXHIBITION

My exhibition is on until the 7th of July at The Art House in Southampton. Here is a link to the galleries website for more information http://www.thearthousesouthampton.co.uk/ this is also where I first exhibited two paintings in their summer show in 2011. So I am so pleased I got to have my first solo show here. It is such a wonderful place. Like a treasure trove of arty delights and festivities as well as live music and yummy organic vegetarian food from their wonderful cafe.

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Thank you for visiting my art blog and for viewing my exhibition. Your support means the world to me. If you are interested in my work to buy or to exhibit in your venue or gallery please contact me via my email charlottefarhan83@sky.com or visit my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

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Positive experiences – New Opportunities and the Art of Giving Back

My artistic journey started officially in 2010 after a break down and a realisation that the “functioning” world had rejected me and I was at a loss of what to do and needed a purpose desperately!

As I have discussed in my previous blog post “art saved my life” which you can read by following this link. http://artistcharlottefarhan.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/art-saved-my-life-my-ongoing-struggle-with-mental-illness/

I turned to my passion for art and my experiences gained from art therapy and began my new path towards obtaining a fulfilling career and purpose.

I soon learnt that the first thing I needed to do was to be patient and this was not going to be easy or a quick process. Secondly I learnt some key lessons, (which if you take on one thing as an artist, this is what I suggest you do)

I have learnt that making connections, building an art community, promoting other artists and giving back in general is so valuable and rewarding. It allows you to learn from others, make friends, channel ideas, feed your soul and gain opportunities.

So through this process I have gained these wonderful experiences and furthered my career as an artist and even though my career is still hopefully in its infancy I have come leaps and bounds since 2010.

This year I have already booked five exhibitions, three of which are solo exhibitions.

My upcoming exhibition is at The Art House on the 24th of May till the 7th of June (more details to follow)

In their words (and I whole heartedly can confirm this) “Community run – for love not profit, The Art House is an art venue, cafe and gallery in the heart of Southampton, which formed in 2008″ http://www.thearthousesouthampton.co.uk/

This is where I did my first ever exhibition back in the Summer Group Show of 2011 which I wrote a blog on. It is a wonderfully run establishment full of gorgeous people! It has a special place in my heart. http://artistcharlottefarhan.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/photos-of-my-first-exhibition-at-the-art-house/

Also yesterday an article was written in The News, Portsmouth about me and my art, focusing on my struggles with mental illness and how my new career was helping me. I was interviewed and photographed last week after the newspaper contacted me and asked me to tell my story. I was very nervous and even had to have a whole therapy session to deal with this! I did it and it went very well and I have already had a wonderful response.

Here is a link to the on-line article please read it, share and like it (if you do) http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/life/art-has-helped-me-to-express-my-emotions-1-5056184

This was an important giving back exercise for me when I discussed my mental illness. I wanted to give the many people and especially artists who I have come to know over the last few years, who suffer from this and feel trapped and unable to achieve their dreams and goals the hope they craved. I wanted them to know I am their number one cheerleader and that I myself am scared but am willing to jump in head first and wont except defeat! That together as a community we can break down these barriers and start a movement of positive energy towards positive experiences.

Another great opportunity and honour was given to me this week!

A wonderful organisation called ‘Art Saves Lives’ in London has recruited me as an artist in residence and announced this yesterday on their website, here is the announcement http://artsaveslives.co.uk/archives/4547

“Art Saves Lives is a not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to providing free inspirational and inclusive arts experiences to engage disadvantaged and marginalised artists in the UK. We offer our artists a plethora of free artistic opportunities to unlock their potential and transform their lives.”

http://artsaveslives.co.uk/

So my journey continues and I am busier than ever which is a great!

I have so many more things I wish to learn and put myself forward for and one of my biggest struggles which are symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder, are my rapid thoughts, black and white thinking and attention deficit disorder. These do mean that making a simple plan and sticking to it is very difficult, not impossible but much harder.

So through creating positive connections, giving feedback and promoting other artists the universe rewarded me by offering me opportunities which I then in turn created a positive experience out of for myself.

Dualism

Dualism – By Charlotte Farhan

“Dwell on the beauty of life.   Watch the stars, and see  yourself running with them.”

(Marcus Aurelius)

 

http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Thank you for reading my post and your time.

Brighten Up - By Charlotte Farhan

 

Brighten Up – By Charlotte Farhan

 

 

 

 

New art for 2013 continued…

Here are some more new paintings from my 2013 collection so far…..

I wanted to share these with you so that you are updated on my work and progress. A lot of these paintings will be exhibited this year at several galleries and exhibitions in my local and surrounding area.

They are also for sale through my website.

As you may be aware I am offering a promotion all this year, if you buy direct from me through my website, Facebook, Twitter or even on here you will receive a FREE GIFT and all UK P&P is FREE plus I deliver worldwide at affordable prices.

I have already had a few satisfied customers who have received a free gift of a small original painting worth £30.00

So if you see something you like or would like me to paint you a commissioned piece then please contact me on my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/ or by email charlottefarhan83@sky.com

Thanks for your time!

 

No 1

  • Summer Tree – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 20″ x 16″ x 1″
  • unframed
  • £130.00
  • This is a naïve style painting of a tree blossoming just as summer starts. I have used acrylic paint with various techniques as well as ink. This is unframed but ready to hang or be framed depending on your preference. This is bright and bold in colour.

Spring Tree 1 art galleryFront View – Full view

Spring Tree 2 art galleryClose up view

Spring Tree 3 art gallerySide view mounted on wall

Spring Tree 4 art gallery

 

Another close up view

If interested in this painting please find it on my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/art-for-sale/401806_summer-tree.html

 

No 2

  • Pink Flowers – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 10″ x 12″ x 1″
  • unframed
  • £50.00
  • A bold abstract painting of large pink flowers. Painted with acrylic paint and ink. Ready to hang, unframed.

Pink Flowers Full view

Pink Flowers Side view, mounted on wall

Pink Flowers

 

Close up view

If interested in this painting you can find it on my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/art-for-sale/401807_pink-flowers.html

 

No 3

  • Sitting Pretty – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 10″ x 12″ x 1″
  • unframed
  • £50.00
  • A naive style has been used of a tabby cat sat among flowers. This is a very brightly coloured acrylic and ink painting. This is unframed but is ready to hang or to be framed depending on your preference.

Sitting Pretty Full view

Sitting Pretty Side view mounted on wall

If you are interested in this painting please follow this link and find it on my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/art-for-sale/401808_sitting-pretty.html

 

No 4

  • She Is A Warrior – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 10″ x 12″ x 1″
  • unframed
  • £50.00
  • This is a pop art, graphic novel style painting of a women’s face painted with warrior paint. Painted with acrylic paint and ink. Ready to hang, unframed painting.

She is a warriorFull front view

She is a warriorClose up view

She is a warrior

Side view and mounted on wall

If interested in this painting please visit my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/art-for-sale/401805_she-is-a-warrior.html

 

I hope you have enjoyed my new paintings and I would love any feedback you have to offer.

Until next time….

Have a wonderful week and stay creative!

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” (Edgar Degas)

“I am an artist… I am here to live out loud.”  (Emile Zola)

 

 

 

 

New Art for 2013 the collection so far…

Here is a collection of my latest paintings for 2013 most are for sale from my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

I am offering a promotion all this year, if you buy direct from me through my website, Facebook, Twitter or even on here you will receive a FREE GIFT and all UK P&P is FREE plus I deliver worldwide at affordable prices.

So if you see something you like or would like me to paint you a commissioned piece then please contact me on my website http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/ or by email charlottefarhan83@sky.com

Thanks for your time!

Brighten Up – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas with oil pastel and ink
  • 26 x 31 x 2.5
  • unframed
  • £50.00

Brighten Up - By Charlotte Farhan

Cat Among the Flowers – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 26 x 31 x 3
  • unframed
  • £50.00

Cat Among the Flowers By Charlotte Farhan

 Different Pieces of Me – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 41 x 51 x 3
  • unframed
  • £155.00

Dualism – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic and ink on box canvas
  • Width: 20.00″ Height: 16.00″ x 1.00″ deep
  • unframed
  • £155.00

In the Motherly Way – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 8 x 11 x 4
  • unframed
  • £30.00

Paris Sunrise – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 51 x 41 x 2
  • unframed
  • £155.00

Tree of Gold – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic and ink on box canvas
  • Width: 20.00″ Height: 16.00″ x 1.00″ deep
  • unframed
  • £80.00 Sold

Le Consulat, Montmartre, Paris – By Charlotte Farhan

  • Acrylic and ink on box canvas
  • Width: 32.00″ Height: 24.00″ x 1.00″ deep
  • unframed
  • £400.00

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So what do you think? I have loads more to come as I am preparing for 4 exhibitions throughout the year, always great to be a busy artist.

Please share this with your friends and family and if you have not connected with me on all my various sites here are the links.

Website : http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Twitter: Follow me @charlottefarhan

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CFarhanArt/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Artist.Charlotte.Farhan

Art saved my life – my ongoing struggle with mental illness

“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”
(Eileen Miller)

internal thought - By Charlotte Farhan

 

I have suffered from mental illness since I was a pre-teen and have struggled to cope with very strong emotions and at times have not coped and have had to be admitted to hospital. I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality disorder and Post Traumatic Stress disorder after I had a break down and was hospitalised for my own safety after a serious traumatic event when I was 15 years old. In hospital I was introduced to art therapy and found a release and a way to express my inner turmoil which was so hard for me to voice to the doctors and nurses. My art therapist worked very closely with me and was able to see my pain and understand the language I had developed to communicate through my art.

Our Tree By Charlotte Farhan

I have struggled with these illnesses on and off for my entire life that I can remember and am now 29 years old and still suffering! Now the illness affects me in different ways. Instead of the dramatic full throttle emotions of self destruction and not wanting to help myself, now I am unable to leave my home without someone else, I have severe anxiety and have developed an anxiety disorder which affects all aspects of my day-to-day life.

Art has saved me more than once and when I had my third breakdown in 2010 I decided to find salvation in my art and creativity. I had to face the reality that my mental illness had stopped me from being able to attend a full time university and now was affecting my ability to get a conventional job. I had to make a decision for my future. I could not let myself slip even further with this realisation. My doctors, support workers and psychiatrists had no answers except for drug treatment which I have refused since I stopped all my medication in 2004. So I sat on my bed feeling hopeless and defeated. Then as if the Universe was trying to tell me something I came across an on-line gallery asking for artists to submit, as they were starting up a new website. I had to submit six original pieces and an artists CV and the decision would be made within 48 hours.

power of growth by Charlotte Farhan

The next day I decided to do it! I put everything I had into creating art which not only reflected me but also as a creative challenge to myself. I finished my six paintings and submitted them and waited for the longest 48 hours. Then finally I got an email confirming I had been accepted and that I was now an artist. I then thought about this title, this irony and how my life had led to this point. I then invested all my time in launching my career and creating a portfolio, CV and a social media presence. As well as this I took the decision to start my degree with the Open University and to do the subjects I had always wanted to do, now I am in my third year of my part time degree, a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Psychology.

Two and a half years after I submitted to the gallery I am doing well with my career and the future is certainly something which I know I can influence and I have some very positive days. I am now with 2 galleries, I have exhibited in a group show and have two exhibitions booked for this year. I have sold over 25 paintings and have over 19,000 likes on my Facebook page. Yes I still have very bad days! Yes I have lost lots of friends because they could not understand me or empathise! Yes I still have a long way to go! But I can also say I have a lot more ‘good days’! I have gained some new amazing friends because of my art and found my true friends in my immediate circle! And most of all, yes art saved my life!

“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humour and style and generosity and kindness.”

(Maya Angelou)

That day By Charlotte Farhan

 

For more info on Borderline personality disorder please visit:

http://www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/8037_understanding_borderline_personality_disorder

And for Post traumatic stress disorder:

http://www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/8026_understanding_post-traumatic_stress_disorder

For info on Art Therapy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_therapy

Thank you for reading my blog :)

My website:

http://www.charlottefarhanart.com/

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Artist.Charlotte.Farhan

My online galleries:

https://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/charlotte_farhan_2

and

http://www.artpistol.co.uk/art-gallery/artist/709

New Year – New Start!

Paris - By Charlotte Farhan

For New Year I went to my other home city, Paris. This is where my family are from and where my Mother grew up in our home in a suburb of Paris called Juvisy. As a person of dual nationality with France and England I am very fortunate as I have had the chance to be between two great cities, London and Paris. I used to spend months in Paris all year round in our family home, where I had my own room and where it felt like home and sometimes more than England where I went to school. I always felt safe and understood in France. I am typically French in many ways and my love for art, culture, politics, religion and taking certain things in life very seriously is just to name a few.

I decided to take my husband to Paris for our third wedding anniversary as a romantic break and because this is where we first went away together back in 2001 when I introduced him to my grandmother and stayed in our French home. We were only young teenagers back then and did not explore the city together. Between then and now we went back together a further 2 times once for my grandmothers funeral and secondly as part of our honey moon. So Paris is very special to us. I myself have been in Paris to many times to count but had always relied on my Mother of Grandmother to know where to go and how to get there, so it was important for this trip to be navigated solely by us with no help, except for the odd guide-book and metro map.

Paris - By Charlotte Farhan

So off we went on New years eve and arrived late that night ready for our 6 day adventure. As well as the romance and nostalgia of my country and childhood I wanted to be inspired for this next year and my creative journey as an artists. So I decided to take some photography of the city through my eyes and also as I wish to create a whole series of paintings on Paris I wanted some shots which I could paint from.

I also wanted to visit some of the most famous galleries in the world as an adult and artists as I had only visited them as a child or adolescent. Such as the Musée d’OrsayMusée du Louvre, Musée de Montmartre and Centre Pompidou. By doing this I managed to gain a real appreciation of the story and history of art and and painters in Paris. We visited Montmartre which is my favourite place in Paris, we went to Place du Tertre which is a beautiful little square where artists have been painting since the beginning of the 20th century  Famous artists such as  Salvador Dalí, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Here is is like magic, especially if you are an artists, you feel the presence of greatness and every little street is another cobbled inspiration. I recommend it to everyone.

As a naive artist I find Montmartre a real heaven and this is due to the fact so many naive artists have worked and lived here and it is truly appreciated as a serious artistic style. Whilst there I saw many symbolic signs which spoke to me and made me feel as if I was on the right creative path. I saw many cats whilst there and choose to take this as an omen for good luck and that they should be incorporated in my art somehow, which I am excited about.

So for this New Year – New Start I am choosing to go back to my roots in France and Paris and to work from the greats who have inspire me with new challenges and styles incorporated in my work. I hope you shall follow me on this journey and enjoy hearing from me on the way.

Paris - By Charlotte Farhan

Here are some links for more info on the places I have mentioned….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montmartre

http://www.museedemontmartre.fr/

http://www.louvre.fr/en

http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html

http://www.centrepompidou.fr/fr/Le-centre-pompidou

 

Happy New Year – Bonne année 2013 

 

Original Art, Philosophy and Photography By Charlotte Farhan

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