Friday, October 5, 2007

Elizabeth Layton


I love this self-portrait by Elizabeth Layton, drawing herself drawing herself. She took up drawing, specifically contour drawing, at the age of 68 to find relief from years of severe depression. It worked for her and her drawings were widely exhibited, bringing help to many others. I came across one of her self-portraits in Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which is the text for my drawing class.

For more drawings by Elizabeth Layton, who died in 1993 at the age of 83, see the Elizabeth Layton website. Many of her drawings depicted the sorrows and challenges of old age, but still there is joyfulness and celebration in them.

I'm into art therapy too. And music therapy.