Creating art is a very effective way to stimulate the mind and anyone can do it. Learn the many benefits of art and how it can help you.
There’s a huge misconception about being an artist. Most people believe that you are born with talent, and creating art is limited to the lucky few. While we can’t all be Van Goghs, the desire to create can have long term benefits. If you’ve ever had the urge to embrace your artistic side, why not try?
Enjoy the process and create art as a way to reignite your imagination, stimulate your mind and improve your overall well-being.
The Benefits of Art
Here are some of the best ways that picking up your paint brush can benefit your brain and mental health.
Art stimulates the imagination
Art opens the heart and mind to possibilities and fuels the imagination. Art is a process of learning to create ourselves and experience the world in new ways. It supports the bigger view of life: beauty, symbols, spirituality, storytelling, and allows us to be present in the moment. Art keeps the magic alive.
Art makes you more observant
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”
Creating art helps you learn to “see” by concentrating on detail and paying more attention to your environment.
Art enhances problem-solving skills
Making art teaches that there is more than one solution to the same problem. Art challenges our beliefs and encourages open-ended thinking that creates an environment of creative thinking in problem solving.
Art boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of accomplishment
We stick our kids’ artwork on the fridge to boost their self-esteem. Hanging your latest work of art on the wall can instill the same feelings within you.
Art reduces stress
Painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress levels and lead to an overall improvement in well-being. Creating art can take your mind off life’s many stresses, at least momentarily. It clears some head space and allows one to focus on the good in life.
Creating art isn’t just for artists, art is for everyone! Within each of us lies a spark of creativity.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to try drawing, painting, sculpting, or fine art photography, but never had the time or opportunity to do so. With the knowledge of all the benefits artistic pursuits can provide, I hope you won’t put off exploring your artistic side any longer!