“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” -Lewis Grizzard
The solution to dark or nasty thoughts seems pretty simple when you put it like that.
I have a very talented artist friend, named Helen, who has generously opened her studio and allowed me to explore acrylic abstracts and collage. Working under her guidance has been fantastic because she is a wealth of knowledge of materials, technique, and design, AND she lets me play with all her cool stuff without my having to make a huge investment in a new medium.
I started on a large sheet of paper and just played.