A few things art has taught me:
- Art has value. Even though society shuns artists and ridicules them. In times of need, art offers solace. The arts is the first thing to get cut from curriculum, but the first thing everyone turns to when in emotional need.
- Art gives you relief from anxiety and alleviates depression symptoms. When you get into the "zone" all else fades into the background. It's just you and your work. It's a moment of zen.
- Art helps you heal. Through art, you are able to slowly express feelings.
- Art, even photographic art, comes from within the artist. When you see social media and you see that only the hot girls get the likes, you start to think poorly of yourself. As it turns out, no one needs the attractive Instagram influencers. You can create art without them. I could go on a rant here about this subject, but suffice it to say, if I'm telling them how to do everything, they don't bring much to the creative process but more work for me.
- Art improves self-management. It gives you the skills to improve your focus. It helps you build discipline.
- Art fosters positivity.
- Art is a form of self-expression. Those with difficulties expressing themselves find art a good way to communicate and reach out to others.
- Art reduces stress. Art is a way to convert negative energy into positive and productive habits.
- Art builds self-awareness and self-esteem.
- Art can help reduce pain, stress, and irritability.
- Art provides a positive distraction. During this time in our lives, a positive distraction is most welcome. Watching 24-hour news cycles filled with the same depressing information throughout the day is overwhelming and causes depression and anxiety. Twenty minutes a day is all you need of news. You'll be caught up with the latest. I promise you. Turn to your art and focus on something that is a positive distraction from the current horrors.
With that said, what is your favorite form of art media? I should probably rephrase that to "what is your current favorite form of art media?" because for me for many years it was photography, before that it was oil painting and pastels. At this very moment, it's charcoal, graphite, and watercolor paints.
Leave a comment to answer this question or to just reach out to another human while we are restricted from social activities. I'd love to hear what everyone is creating.