I have realized art was not my chosen path, in fact, the obvious one. When all my friends pursued or liked professions that would yield good financial returns or at least sustainable ones. I had to consciously decide on one fine day-art as a hobby or profession? As a middle impulsive child, sandwiched between 90% and 80%, I could only manage 50% with a lot of hard work and cheating. So academics was out of the question. It was beyond me at all levels.
So, Art in school, college, and life…What have I learned? Why do I continue doing it?
Simple, it was and it is therapy for me. I remember back in the day, I was completely divorced from myself, living more in my head (even now), but today am more aware of the fact that to grow upwards, you also need to work and understand your root issues. In other words, it’s a two-way process. You can’t reach up there (mind-body balance etc) without working on your foundation. Sadly, parents(only a handful) and school don’t teach that and maybe, that’s why we manifest unnecessary stuff a lot more. They don’t equip us with techniques to deal with the challenges in life(am not blaming). So, what do you do? You take a long road to learn and explore this:
What’s my soul’s purpose? What do you want to create? What am I doing to do that?
Let me tell you a short story of a curly frizzy middle child, who thought of taming her frizzy hair several times with Keratin (hair straightening) hahaha. The kid who couldn’t fit in the crowd then and for sure not even now ( there is no point). Experiences in life slipped her into the world of colors each time she thought happiness is outside of her. She learned to walk and talk with her independent self through her sketch files. Her work, reflection of her mind, her life…each stage with a different expressive pattern. Sadly, she wanted to fit into the BIG art world too, for the longest time like any other amateur artist. Of course, she couldn’t… Sometimes she thought it was her style of work or inconsistent approach or maybe she sucks at marketing skills (which is true). But art continued…creative swimming was far more important than all the knockers she met inside and outside of her.
Why? Unknowingly art became her escape first, and slowly one of the mediums for self-growth. She understood, that art is not a hobby or profession but a way of life in the true sense. So, eventually, she started loving her curly frizzy self (minus bad hair days).
In simple words, art therapy persists. It not only helps me but also gives me immense pleasure when I see a happy student.
Following therapeutic experiments were done during hibernation for the next BIG move (new venture).
Just sharing, Its very simple :
- Bring all the trash or not-so-important stuff on the table.
2. Glue them with a medium ( texture white or Gesso or gel mediums). https://amzn.to/3h5IN6i
3. Finally, paint here and there. Try using stencils and texture mediums. https://amzn.to/3I5x9nM
4. Don’t stop, or judge your artwork- Just express what is available to have fun! https://amzn.to/3s6Yq3A
Khalaas… Done in 2 hours and It’s not rocket science. Art therapy with a technical twist. Enjoy @ your pace and space.
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Art is most definitely a way of life, it’s sad that most people don’t understand the importance of it, it is what we truly live our life in, every piece of furniture, every house, everything around us there because creative artistic people brought an idea to life.
I know…well said my lovely friend!
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Very good article. I will be experiencing some of these issues as well.. Brigitta Benson Stefanie
Excellent post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?
I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little
bit more. Bless you!
Hello Moshe…Elaborate on art as therapy? or my journey as an artist?
Thank you Lorene.
Thank you so much!
great site thanks.