Painting as Therapy — Art with a Disability

Painting as Therapy — Art with a Disability


– Welcome back to Toe Talks. Today’s conversation is
going to be about art and the expression of art and how people with disabilities
use art for therapy or expression of themselves. – I’ve always wanted to ask you, when I first met you, I noticed that your prosthetic leg… – Oh god. (laughs) – I mean, it looks artistic. Just, like the sight of it. Did you specifically customize that? – What you can do with a prosthetic is you can buy a fabric
and then the fabric is used in the resin to
make a harder plastic over the leg. – Uh-huh. – So I really wanted
something really artsy and something that stands out because with me not having arms, I stand out anyways. Uh-huh.
So – I might as well make it fashionable and cool and– – Embrace it. – Embrace it. I’m very artsy and I love
art and I love painting so why not go with a
paint splatter type of leg that expresses who I am. And that opens up the conversation for “Oh, I like your leg.” And I was like, “Yeah,
I’m a painter. I paint.” – Well, I also remember hearing
about how you are a painter and you do that for fun
and also as an occupation. – Yes. I work for the Mouth
and Foot Painting Association, which makes cards and calendars from artists who paint with either
their mouth or their foot. And all the money goes
back to the artists. – I actually know about the
Mouth and Foot Association. It actually gave me hope
and inspiration as a kid because when I was about
six or seven years old, my mom showed me this calendar and it was every month had a painting
by either a mouth artist or a foot artist. And that’s why I actually
have these cards up here on the table because
they’re also greeting cards. And just knowing that other people did things with their feet, that was my first time hearing about that and it inspired me, it gave me hope that there are people out there
excelling at what they do. – So have you ever tried painting before? – I did in junior high and… Actually, I didn’t even
do it in high school. It’s not my forte. – Okay. – I don’t know. I mean, I’ve always been
slow at it, for one, and I don’t know. I really, I’m excited to see… Can you teach me something about it? – Yeah. I think that it would be
a really cool experience if we went to Brush and
Bottle where it’s a class. They teach you how to paint with acrylics, step by step, like what
to do and how to do it. Let’s go to Brush and Bottle
and pick out a painting and see if I can do a one
on one class with you. – That’d be great. Thank you. I’m excited, but I
mean, I’m gonna be slow. And I’ll probably ask a lot of questions. – I’m super excited about this because I’ve never actually taught someone how to paint before, and
I’ve never taught someone without arms, like how
to paint with their feet. So I know we’ve got a lot of similarities, but it’ll be interesting
to see my teaching style and how, if we’re able
to recreate a painting that they’ve got on the wall. – I do have one question about art. Do you ever feel like it’s a way for you to express yourself? – Definitely. I definitely think that
art is a way for me to express myself, but
it’s also therapeutic and it helps with not only my dexterity with my feet and toes, but it helps mentally. You just, you sit down and you paint. I can pick for like six to eight hours and just not stop and Jerry comes home and he goes, “What have
you been doing all day?” and I’m like, “I’ve been painting.” I’ve got paint all over my hair and all over my face,
but I’m having a blast and it’s so fun. I think you should try it. I think you should… – So it is therapeutic? – Yes. – It kind of helps relieve stress? – Yes. – Then I’m definitely up for it. (laughter) Let’s do it. Okay.
Okay. – Let’s go to Brush and Bottle. I wanna know, if you’re an artist, I would like to see some of your work. So if you have anything that
you’d like to share with us, please put it in a comment below so that we can see your great art as well. (driving rock music) – I had so much fun at Brush and Bottle. We were here with one of
their hardest paintings that they have and I had
fun teaching Jessica. We had a really good
learning curve going on. But I think that, with a
little bit of practice, we can get you to a professional level. – Yes. Thank you. It’s fun. – I wanna thank everybody
at Brush and Bottle for inviting us here and
to paint and have a blast. – Thank you for watching
and thank you to our patrons on Patreon for making this possible. And if you want to support
more of these episodes, please visit www.patreon.com/toetalks. – And don’t forget to subscribe. (quieter driving music)

13 thoughts on “Painting as Therapy — Art with a Disability”

  1. Omg tisha looks so much different now!! I just found her old YouTube channel and she's changed so much lol
    Also the chemistry and vibe between you two comes across sort of awkward , forced, and scripted. 🤔
    Brush and bottle looks so nice ! I'm definitely going to check out a place like that.

  2. You both are so lovely! You both have such a drive and will to do so many things that really is inspirational and makes me want to do more with my life, also to be grateful for what I do have and can do. ♥️

  3. I loved this video this is great news because I used excessive and writing as stress management tools. I never thought of painting although I was drawing told myself I was going to learn was doing good until bla bla anyway my art form was writing I would love for y'all to read my book. I got to know where to send copies. I interested massage me. I love you you are perfect.

  4. I love how Jessica uses her feet and toes to add expression to her conversation – much like people with arms use their hands.

  5. i am a mouth painter for the MFPA too!! im glad i found your videos! good stuff. xo

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