The worst curse one can be bestowed with is the situation where he cannot remember anything. All the memories, the nostalgic moments and the memorable events in life are lost into a perpetual oblivion. There is no saying if these memories would come back and when they would come back again. For people who have heard of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer only from word-of-mouth, it is more horrible than it seems. There are three aspects of these illnesses: completely forgetting something, partly remembering something and lastly remembering incidents but in a twisted manner. They may inter-relate two completely different events in two different phases of life and jumble them up into a single memory. They may be able to recollect an incident partially and twist the remaining part in an attempt to get away with the pain of recollection of memories. It is because of these varied cases that the complete diagnosis of the illnesses are still unexplored and a lot of research in the process.

A common method adopted these days in order to take a step towards the understanding of dementia patients is consent-based portrait sketching. With a proper approval of the consenting patients, an artist is asked to sketch and paint portraits based on the directions dictated by the patient. The people are asked to visualize a picture and explain it to the artist. Gradually they are asked to remember their own face and have it drawn by the artist. As it keeps going on, the people are engaged in having conversations and given chances of expressing them in an informal manner. To see how the portraits affect them, the people are shown the pictures and asked to describe them.

The method has been recently adopted by an artist in Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine named Mark Gilbert. Partnering with another person, Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, they have been spearheading the effect of portrait sketches on dementia patients to learn more about the promising aspects and hopes for finding solutions. The modus operandi of the practice done here is to encourage communication among such people. In order to make participating people more comfortable with the process, the entire session is purely based on consent. Forcefully asking them to remember something has been discarded here. It is up to the people on being willing to be open-minded and expressive enough to help the artist in making a clear picture as explained.

A routine questioning session is a stringent process and most of the times it fails to make the people affected by Alzheimer speak anything. It is not an effective tool to engage them in the conversation. Painting, on the other hand, is quite interactive and can do wonders to the afflicted. The explaining of a feeling or emotion is more easily told to a painter than to a person sitting on the other side of the counseling session. The study conducted suggested that patients were capable of engaging about aspects previously difficult in regular therapy sessions. They were actively participating and more open while guiding the pencil of the artist through the white page. The interaction also leads to a foundation of mutual trust between the patient and the doctor, which is effective in the long run.

The paintings are not restricted to the person guiding it, but it is also shown to other patients and asked to judge and make comments. In a wonderful manner, patients begin to interact among themselves and discuss their hidden emotions. It gives an insight into the mental condition of these people, which is otherwise very difficult if they refuse to speak.

The research itself is based on the personal experience of Dr. Gilbert. Being someone who lost his mother owing to the same condition, he took it upon himself to find a way to interact with such people and know more about them. During the last stages of his mother’s life, her husband (Dr. Gilbert’s father) Norman Gilbert, who happened to be a renowned artist sketched a series of drawings to make her memorable. Dr. Gilbert realized that the best way to spark off a conversation would be to engage them in interactive painting sessions. Joining hands with Halifax’s medical clinic, he has been involved in painting portraits for patients for the last two decades.

The practice of paintings to interact with people would set a future where patients would be more ready to talk about themselves and become more capable of communicating emotions. To conclude, paintings can be a wonderful way to interact with people and express individual feelings and emotions in a beautiful manner. Having paintings in possession may not be something to boast about, but they are definitely worth it. Imagine having a portrait painting of yourself. You can keep it with you, hang up on your wall, send it to people close to you, have it laminated and retained as a memorable item. But do not get troubled by the vast collection of paintings and custom painting services provided everywhere.

Customization of paintings is a growing trend in these days and anybody can opt for it. This refers to paintings which are made as per customer requests. Just like the painting, the style of the painting can also be selected from an array of options. Freshly painted and delivered, the customer has the discretion of using these paintings as per his demands as the paintings dry quickly and do not pose any issues of getting dirty or smeared on contact with rough surfaces.

At, we undertake the responsibility of making customized portraits for customers. We only need to have the photo which has to be painted and the choice of painting style (watercolor, oil or charcoal). The photo can be sent to us online. Within a short span of time, these paintings will be provided to you. To give an assurance of reliability and trust in our quality of paintings, we have attached a picture to emphasize our customer satisfaction policy. Have fun going through our galleries!!

Good luck!                                                                                                           

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Your Cart

Read previous post:
Face Drawing

A portrait painting would be a wonderful gift to present. Face drawing, as it is called in these days is not...