Monthly Archives: July 2011

My New Website and More Mural Goodness

My new counseling and art therapy website is up at

I hope you like it. If you have not had time to “like” to my business FB page, under Laura Johnson Counseling and Art Therapy I would love to have more friends and colleagues join me on that page.

My practice is growing and if you know of anyone who you think I can help please let them know about my services.

I have been working again this week on the Deep Eddy Mural Project.

It’s been hot but cooler in the evening that one would think. Our wonderful leader Wanda Montemayor is keeping us cool with drinks and bribing us with food. I have had the opportunity to meet some folks from the Austin Mosaic Guild who are helping the on project. They are great group of artisans.

One member, Jim, the owner of Blue Moon Glassworks, a retail and instructional glass shop in Hyde Park, has donated time, talent and supplies to the mural. Jim is a fabulous glass cutter. There has been no better for sure and the mural has really needed him to sparkle. Well thats all for now friends. Stay cool, and
Be Well,


Deep Eddy Mural, Family and Final Push

Hi Friends,
As many of you know I have been working on the Deep Eddy Mural, funded in part by Austin’s Art in Public Places. When my fellow art therapist, Wanda Montemayor, asked me to help out on this project I did not realize my ancestor would be part of the mural and the history of Deep Eddy that the wall tells.

Here is a photo of the original home of Charles Johnson, my great great Grandfather, who owned the land where Deep Eddy now stands.

Here is a picture, although not great of the Charles Johnson house on the tile mural. It serves as the American Legion overlooking the banks of Lady Bird Lake near the hike and bike trail.

And here is one of the Charles Johnson Family

My great grandfather, Henry Johnson, is the oldest son on the front row to the far right with his arms folded. He and his sister opened the original bathing beach and camp ground before selling the place to Mr. Eilers.

Tonight we start the final week of buttering up tiles and filling in blank spaces between tiles or “nugging” as it is affectionately called. If you have a spare moment, come on down to the pool this week starting at 5:30pm to help clean, or “nug” or just cheer us on. Hopefully grouting will begin soon. She is a lovely mural indeed and she glitters at night. Great work Wanda and her other leader, Lisa Orr. Stay cool, and
Be well,

365 Grateful

This week I found a post by fellow Art Therapist, Gretchen Miller, about 365 Grateful. This is was a project by photographer and filmmaker, Hailey Bartholomew, who used photography to find something she was grateful every day for a year. I found this short video to be inspiring about taking a moment to find those things for which I can be grateful.

I will soon be blogging on a new WordPress site that will be integrated into my new counseling and art therapy website, designed by the fabulous, Corinne Loperfido. I hope to launch this week if all goes as planned. For now, stay cool and
Be Well,

Deep Eddy Mural and Video

My friend and fellow art therapist Wanda Montemayor sent me this video about the tiles we made on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day with teen mother’s this past May at Travis High School. I think you will like it.

This past week I was also able to help with the Deep Eddy Mural Project by installing tiles down at the pool. Here I am with gloves and sponge in hand. More work to do this week.

My great great grandfather, Charles Johnson, who immigrated from Sweden, once owned the land where Deep Eddy now stands. There is historical information about him on the mural which for me was another surprise. I love Austin even in this unbearable heat.