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I guess it's about time I wrote something.  My heart is broken, my grandson died and my son is in despair.  We cannot even have a funeral until after the post mortem, which apprently takes 6 weeks.  We are now into the 4th week.  I'm grieving and watching my son suffer like I never imagined was possible.  I cannot express my grief whilst he is around as he is worried about me too.  I wish I could channel all of this pain into my creativity but I feel empty.  I was keeping constantly busy with mundane tasks and continue to do so.  I have an Open Studio exhibition next month which I'm continuing to prepare for as mush as I possibly can but now everything seems to be crashing around me.  I am suddenly facing financial difficulties and feel insecure regarding my home although I am reassured I will not lose my house.  I feel so alone but often angry and difficult to be with.  Depression has hit me hard again but this time it feels different, I didn't realise how bereavement can be so confusing.  I haven't written on Facebook about my feelings, only what has happened, or anywhere else.  Perhaps, here feels a safe place, I don't know why, it's as public as anywhere else.  I'm hoping that being able to write is a move in the right direction.  Sometimes I just sit and do nothing.  I can't focus on anything, TV irritates me and when I read I forget what I'm reading about before I even get to the bottom of the page.  I hate to rant about how sorry I feel for myself but I need to somewhere, somehow.  I don't need a response from this and ask you to forgive me for being so self indulgent if you do read my entry, I just needed to do this.  

Maybe soon I will upload some of my new work but I'm feeling very negative about it at the moment anyway.   I'm hoping to focus on marketing my work online over the winter months.  Hibernating as much as possible.  


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Larain Briggs
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United Kingdom

I'm very interested in investigating the unconscious through my art. I like to study Carl Jung and love his writings, thoughts and philosophies on the psyche, particularly 'Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious'. Very often archetypal images appear in my work and fantasy is a style I enjoy. I love to experiment in many other ways with mediums, genre and styles. My work intends to tap into the psyche and resonate with the unconscious mind of the viewer.

I started studying psychology a long time ago and when I was a Special Needs teacher I studied Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at the Institute for Art in Therapy in Education. It was quite an experience especially as a great deal of it was studying my own psyche intently, I learnt so much about myself which led to a greater understanding of others and how our minds and emotions work.

At present I have retired from working as a teacher due to ill health. I have been painting since a child, I think my first oil paint set was a birthday present at age 10. At the age of 26 after the clubbing, partying years, I finally reached art college and took my foundation at Maidstone college of art. In 1987 I started a fine art degree at Camberwell Art college and after getting married and having a child started a Post Graduate Course in Education teaching Art and Design in Secondary School which I completed in 1994 at Goldsmiths College in London. I more recently studied on a BSc degree in Computer Aided Visualisation using various media and programs including, 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator etc etc. Due to my health I am mostly at home and now have a chance to spend my time painting and creating art work. I also enjoy collecting antiques. Many of my canvasses are off their stretchers and are at the back of the loft behind the antiques, 'I'm a hopeless hoarder'! I've been doing more traditional work recently. However, I want to also experiment and exhibit all my work on here. This site is very inspiring, the amount of hugely talented people is breathtaking. It will take a while to get my work up but no hurry. I hope that some will enjoy my work and be inspired by it as I am from others. I would appreciate any comments or positive criticism.

Current Residence: Dovercourt
Favourite genre of music: 60's Joni Mitchell, + Classical
Favourite photographer: Diana Thorneycroft
Favourite style of art: Surreal/Conceptual
Operating System: Windows 8
MP3 player of choice: Samsung Galaxy S3

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Meltin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for all the fav's Larain. 
A pleasant surprise when you visit
my page,let alone fav' my art. :hug:
Meltin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav' Larain :hug:
thewolfcreek Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fav my friend...
Meltin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Larain :hug:
Meltin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav's,Larain. :hug:
Larainjp Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You work is always amazing :hug:
Meltin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Parker-Weston Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   General Artist
I'm glad you see that Un Repas Andalou is made from the Anatomy Of A Hobbyhorse
Larainjp Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure I do but both pieces are intriguing. I must admit I'm looking at both to see how one derives from the other.  I shall keep looking. 
leothefox Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014   Artist
Heart Love Thank you so much for all the faves! Love in the Air 
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