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Art For Therapy

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May 30th, 2013 - 04:16 PM

Good morning art world. Today I am writing about art for therapy. Are you feeling depressed, having money troubles, marital problems, sick children loved ones etc? You get the picture, daily life just seems to get in the way and we feel like there is no way out of it. I am no different to anyone else but since I found out how to paint, I can escape for a little while, or a long while, turn off the world and lose myself in creating a "masterpiece" . The aim is to create a "masterpiece" but I haven't as yet, this drives me on and convinces me to keep at it and strive to be a more accomplished artist. I finish painting for the day, clean up and then look at the clock, goodness the day has past and I haven't thought about my problems even once. Somehow they don't seem so significant now, hence my "art for therapy" has commenced and I am hooked. Next time you are shopping, go the to the art shop, buy a small canvas, some brushes and a couple of tubes of paint and begin to play, it won't solve your problems, but it will send you to a better place and your problems will melt away, if only for a little while.
Until next time, Lyn

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06:48 PM


Lyn, I wouldn't really strive to create your ultimate masterpiece. After a few paintings, if it hasn't happened, you may find yourself getting discouraged. Enjoy painting. Do it for you. I speak from experience because sometimes my quick sketches turn out much better than a drawing I worked for a few hours on. I aim to create great pencil drawings (in varying styles) - I don't aim to create my "graphite masterpiece". I find it therapeutic, and I can draw for hours on end.


06:49 PM


So yea, paint for you - use it as your escape, (and practice) and before you know it you'll have created multiple masterpieces without even aiming to do so.