Susanne Winters

Mandala 1

In this picture, the stones are important to me because those were the first mandala rocks I felt actually proud of. I’m a hardcore perfectionist and I can be my own worst critic, but I couldn’t find any errors in these.

Mandala 2

This is a commission piece; I was inspired by the changes of seasons, especially winter to spring.

Mandala 3

In this piece, the red-yellow has passion in it, loss and love. Indescribable highs and lows. It represents an important slice of my life, a fire that used to warm me up, then almost destroyed me. As it turned out, the near destruction was necessary, because when I managed to rebuild, everything was so much better. I evolved, was reborn like a phoenix from the ashes and I painted all this in this mandala.

 

Artist Notes:

I never ever considered painting to be a valid life path for me. I’ve always wanted to paint, but even the thought was overwhelming, not to mention I didn’t think I had any talent. One day this all changed out of the blue. I just had this uncontrollable urge to paint. Living in a small village in Transylvania, I didn’t have many options to choose from at a moments notice, so I got myself some bad quality kids’ paint and paper. The paint was barely usable, but I was happy. It was like defragmenting my mind and I quickly became addicted. That’s how it all started. I never had any formal art training, I’m a video editor and singer, but I tried to learn by myself as much as I can.

Dotting is like therapy for me. The colors, textures, the rules – and the absence of rules – create an environment where my mind can get some untangled relief. Time and life itself flows without confusing obstructions and I can get a much needed rest before returning to the usual chaos of the world. 

This is how I see the world I guess. Existence is weird and confusing, it has so many small bits, that seemingly have nothing to do with the big picture, but if I keep focusing on doing my best when it comes to the small pieces, it all comes together.

More of Susanna Winters (AKA, Zsuzsanna Szász Mihálykó & Napkert):

Casey Promise

Silly String

Silly String — This piece is full of emotional energy and political chatter. For someone who’s constantly being told “to smile”, I felt the urge to create an almost sarcastic representation of that. There’s also reference to religion, politics and psychology via the cross, American flag and the bottles of pills all growing from the exposed brain. I’m from the Bible Belt and religion has been a negative influence for me due to identifying myself as Queer. The American flag along with the pill bottle represents the years I was forced to take countless pills for conditions I never had since I was in my teens. It represents all the doctors, many pushed by pharmaceutical companies, who never guessed I might be neurodivergent (Autistic) and continually forced more and more medications and many a wrong diagnosis on me.

Surrealistic Drawing

The surrealistic drawing is an actual “live” process of how my brain sees characters coming to life. What I mean is, when I draw with just pencil….I don’t think about it or plan ahead. I am literally free-flowing straight from my brain to my hands to the pencil. I just “let go”, and that style of drawing is what ends up almost “happening” to me. I use that term because it’s almost like it comes from somewhere else other than just my physical brain. I believe it is the truest visual representation of both my mind and spirituality, as well as my Autistic thinking.

The Girl In the Sunglasses

The Girl In the Sunglasses — this is my “alter-ego” self-portrait. It represents the charm, the attitude, the fun and the colorful part of me I feel is deep down, but is simply masked on a day-to-day basis. This fun and playful character is me, but can’t quite come out to play because either society, myself or both is keeping me in some sort of figurative and demanding box.

Artist Bio:

Casey Promise (Thompson) is a Mixed Media Artist who lives and works in Nashville, TN. She attended Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and studied independently in Santa Fe, NM.  She continues to explore the possibilities of visually telling stories through organic design, dimension, varying materials, and abstraction. 

Artist Notes:

Neurodivergence is what makes my art so chaotic and detailed and even political at times. I would like to think I wouldn’t have the skills I have without the colorful wiring in my brain…. shooting off these inspirational sparks that collide into these visual patterns and places and feelings. I want my art to represent parts of my emotional thinking as well as what impacts me on a daily basis. The cliche term: “a photo speaks a thousand words” is quite true if your subjects tell a story. My art is my way of telling my story. It speaks of both the trials and tribulations of growing-up feeling so different from the rest of the world. It’s also a way to release the pressure that builds up in my brain.

I don’t believe I have a defined “form” quite yet. All of my pieces via medium and subject matter all vary to some degree. Drawing with pencil is the most freeing, while using color is the most restrictive for me. I believe it’s this way because a wrong color mark can’t be undone quite like a pencil. Therefore, there’s less restrictions and more of a free-flowing technique. I don’t have to be scared to mess up a drawing. However, my pencil drawings are less popular because it seems in today’s art world….big, bold and colorful is what people desire. Although, I refuse to follow the herd just to make a few more bucks. I love using graphite with all my heart because it’s the most “me” I can be. If I’m not following that inherent instinct to create what I want to create….am I truly an Artist?

More of Casey Promise:

Website: www.CaseyPromise.com

Melissa Colleen Pinson

Watercolor of pine forest and northern lights in purple-blue night sky.

Milkyway Pines — This piece was a memory looking up at the northern lights in Alaska where I lived for a short time. A very serene moment. This painting makes me feel calm, and nostalgic.

Watercolor painting with orangey-red sky and silhouette of desert with seven cacti.

Desert Nights — this piece really was a tribute to the serene calmness that the desert invites. I love cacti, and sunsets, and they go together beautifully.

Watercolor of night sky with silhouette of cacti and profile of bobcat. The bobcat is large as a mesa and is looking at a large moon.

Spirit of the Bobcat — I ended up with a big smear on my painting somehow at the end, and needed a way to work it into my painting. Recalling nights on Route 66 with my Dad when I was younger, I thought of the bluffs rising to form the harsh peaks in the distance against the setting sun. I remember sitting in the passenger seat staring out the window, listening to the radio, calm and peaceful. The Bobcat was supposed to be a coyote but the original silhouette looked funny so I adapted. This is probably my favorite piece of those selected, and a reminder that there are no mistakes in life, only happy accidents… If that isn’t a metaphor for my condition, I am not sure what is.

Artist Notes:

Being neurodivergent factors it’s way into my artwork constantly. I am very visually aware of everything that moves, or makes noise, EVERYWHERE. This means I see things others miss a lot, and pay very close attention to detail. Also, I have a lot of empathy overload, so seeing, or hearing things triggers intense emotion, and sometimes makes me FEEL as if I am there. I see things in BRIGHT intense color all the time, and while sometimes this stimuli is hard on my system, it’s a constant source of inspiration. A lot of times I use that same mental imagery in concept, to paint. I never reference photos. Everything I paint is just theory, concept, and opportunity.

With autism comes a lot of anxiety for me. I paint as a sort of art therapy on days when the world is just too much to handle. I never really know what I am going to paint, when I sit down, but when I just let myself go, my heart paints the stars. 

Instagram: @my_heart_paints_the_stars

Mads Johan Øgaard

Man standing with numbers pouring out of his mouth and circling his body in a storm.

Dyscalculexic Pain — When numbers and time become too much to handle, but you still have to face them in everyday life, it hurts physically.

A human floating in the air with white wings made of paper forming the shape of a heart. The human is holding a glowing book.

Enlighted — This illustration is based on the feeling you have when you finally find your way of learning, and finally, have the experience to learn what you always wanted. My mom always told me to find my personal keys 🔑 to success!

Human with blue wings slumped on sidewalk with sign reading "To Smart for the Society". There is a hat next to the sign and the number 2703 on the human's shirt.

Too Smart for the Society — Some of the brightest and most talented people in the world are told that they are stupid, but they possess the key to change our world!

 

Artist Notes:

Mads Johan Øgaard is a Norwegian 25-year-old illustrator and animator, as well as Special Education teacher with dyslexia and dyscalculia.

He uses art to share his experiences dealing with learning differences to make awareness and to help others. 

Mads is known for the short animated film I AM DYSLEXIC (directed by Mads Johan Øgaard and Katie Noel Wyman at Falmouth University 2016)

More of Mads Johan Øgaard 

Website: https://www.madsjohanogaard.com/ 
Deviantart (online portfolio): https://madsjohanogaard.deviantart.com/
ArtStation: https://www.artstation.com/madsjohanogaard
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsjohanogaard/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadsJohanOgaard
Facebook (art): https://lnkd.in/dVKymRj
Youtube: https://goo.gl/5ZsSMN  

 

 

Michiko Ozu

A pilot bear flying a book with several images in a thought-cloud, including letters, animals, and vehicles. Text is "My wish ascends to the sky. Laughter dances along with the wind."

Pilot Junior

Sketch of two hands holding. Text is "Until the end of the world, I'll give you my love."

Holding Hands (Sketch)

 

Orange cat looking out blue window with pink floral curtains. Text is "Even though I don't know what is tomorrow Maybe you will smile at me in a bright new world."

Cat in Window

 

Artist Notes:

Being neurodivergent helps me with creating poetry and art because I feel very deeply, with passion and with all my heart. I think primarily in images and find patterns and connections between things that are unrelated to most people. My brain is like a camera that’s recording everything 360. I can manipulate objects in my brain very easily, turn it around and see it in different angles. It makes reading and language very difficult because words are 2D. Since I have dyslexia and a very a short attention span (ADHD), my poetry is short but I think it captures the whole picture. The negative sides of being neurodivergent are feeling lonely and disconnected from people. I started drawing and writing poetry at age 6 because I didn’t share the same interests as other children and had no friends. I did not really have any training in art school or poetry. I only spend 1 year learning art and poetry in an academic setting. Otherwise, I am self taught.

I’m always longing for a world where we accept and stop discriminating against people whose brains are wired differently. I’m yearning for a society where we are more gentle, empathetic, and sensitive with each other. We cannot deny the existence of anger, anxiety, social injustice, etc but attacking people aggressively through the use of art will not change things. It will only fuels violent behaviors/thinking toward each other. There are better and beautiful ways to get people’s attention on what’s hurting. We need to start using our imagination and stop with the simple ugly expressions such as “f*** you, *f*** this, f*** that, f*** everything” We need to protect children from losing their imagination and we need more adults to start thinking out of the box again. Logic cannot change or improve the world. New and different ideas will.

 

My Twitter: https://twitter.com/daydreaming0318
My Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhisperingWingsLLC (enter 3RDFREE to receive your third card for free!)

 

Mahibur Rahman

Three images: first is a brown and tan bird on a branch, second is a purple and blue car, and third is a black and white car. All three images are slicked with feathery features.

 

Artist Notes:

My style of work is constantly evolving by observing our Ever-Expanding-Changing-Mysterious Universe and as humans do best: ‘manipulate’ those existing elements into something alternatively new – Picturing THE UNSEEN – in a constructive, atomic matter.

Drawing for me is like writing fluently, It helps relieve my stress and unleashes the Power of Dyslexia – Not a disadvantage after all, ai?

Surely ‘Signs’ of There Being a Creator of Everything is Clear.’

S. Evans

I STIM

Light falling on leaves and flowers

Swimming Sun I

 

Light falling on leaves and flowers

Swimming Sun II

 

Sunlight sending rays over mountains and desert

Stretching Sun

 

Artist Notes:

“I Stim” is a play on words — “Eye Stim” and, quite often, “Aye, Stim!” — because I visually stim, most often with natural light. This series has many photographs that I carry with me for stimming purposes when such light is unavailable. 

“Swimming Sun I & II” are my attempts to capture the movement of light as it reflects off water and onto foliage. The leaves are densely layered and as the light swishes over them, I sense it both tactilely and musically . The little dark caverns behind the leaves are magical and mysterious.

When I look at “Stretching Sun”, I can feel the sunlight reaching for and falling over me. I can smell the dry, desert air. I can hear birds chirping, leaves rustling. The sun is warm and gentle on my skin.

It can be hard to describe the sensations of visual stimming. I hope my photographs give viewers some of that pleasurable experience.