Create to Connect

Create to Connect, Day 14 – Making your Mind Up

Today’s challenge comes from the Bethlem Museum of the Mind and the Bethlem Gallery. The museum records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems and the Gallery provides a professional space to support artists.

What’s making your mind up? Take the time to find a moment of active stillness. Notice what disturbs you and brings your moment of stillness to an end. Then, draw a head in profile. Draw a shape in the middle of the head, where the brain might be. It can be any shape that you like. Break that shape up into sections, some bigger and some smaller. Fill these sections with whatever is taking up your brain space right now. Your biggest section might be used for your biggest thoughts, whilst smaller sections could be filled with passing whims or feelings.

What’s making your mind up? Netflix, food, work, weather…? 

If you have more time … 
Colour in each section with whatever colour or scene reflects the thought inside that section. You might fill nice thoughts with blooming flowers, or colour in a stressful thought in bright red!

Notice the thoughts that are inside the head in front of you. Do you think if you did this challenge tomorrow, your thoughts would be the same, or would they be completely different?

Share your work in a way that works for you – online or offline. You could join our friendly Facebook group, keep a journal, share in a WhatsApp group, with your friends and family, or on social media. The choice is yours.

Find and follow the Bethlem Museum of the Mind on:

Instagram: @bethlem_museum – @bethlemgallery

Twitter: @bethlemmuseum – @bethlemgallery

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