I came across this article, painting became my stress reliever with 5 kids 2 foster kids and all the stuff that goes on with a family. I needed time to think, pray, process issues, and organize my thoughts and day. Many times it is time to have quite time from the chaos, time to listen to a book on cd, or opportunity to listen to "my" music. My kids like it when I paint because they can have one on one conversations with me. I"m all theirs as I paint and they process life. My mind is no longer on the painting but on the conversation at hand. The beautiful thing is that my paintings become better when allow the paint to be what it may. Most if the time I surprise myself with the results, " I can't believe I painted that" is the comment that comes from me.
How is painting or art been good for your health. Deborah Rutkowski
enjoy the article:
There's a growing body of scientific research that shows art
is great for our mental and physical health...
Firstly, it significantly reduces stress - which is being
recognised more and more as a major factor is many
Secondly, it stimulates our brains in a way that "logical"
or "analytical" activities don't. It allows us to express
creative urges - another factor that scientists believe can
increase life expectancy and well being.
On a personal note, painting helped me hugely 10 years ago
during a very stressful time at work when I was signed off
on ill health. I've seen how it can impact the health and
social lives of many other since that time.
Watercolour painting is one of the most satisfying forms of
art because you can't sit round and think too much about it.
You just have to go-with-the-flow.
And like any hobby, it's a great way to meet new people.
Last week, we sent you the 'Sunflower video' by Joanne
Thomas. Jo's style is loose and expressive - the perfect
antidote for frustrated artists. Please do give that
painting and that style a go and see how satisfyling it
can be. Here's a link to the video again: