In my job I share both joy and sadness probably in equal measure. Tears came to my eyes the other day when one person told me that their artistic endeavours came to nothing as they all originated from states of mania. From the perspective of their current depressed mindset nothing could persuade them otherwise. I found this heart wrenching as their work pleases me very much.
How I want to change their view once they're better so that they can embrace the creativity that comes from mental states that are less than ideal! I'd also like them to discover that their talents don't desert them once they get better. Best get my occupational therapy thinking cap on.
Here's a painting, inspired by the Japanese artist Hiroshige by Van Gogh, a man almost as famous for his suffering as his artworks. It's beautiful regardless of the artist's state of mind when he created it.