In my 60 plus years on this earth I have discovered one truth, well besides the fact God is alive and well, life is a rollercoaster. One day your climbing the hill and every thing looks good from the top but once you reach the pinnacle and the car your riding in clicks and heads down the steep hill things can change quickly. It is on these days I lean on God but I also get out my drawing pad and some for on pairing medium and commence to creating. While I don’t consider my art to be anything special there are three reasons art is my therapy.
1. Creating is calming. Sitting down at a table in your hand and a drawing pad or picture to color is calming. There is something about sitting there that make you feel peaceful. Maybe it is because of my second reason.
2. Art is time filling. When you art tome seems to fly by. Some call this the left brain/right brain switch. I call it the joy of creating. From the moment you .ay down the first line of a drawing to the moment you see the finished painting it is time well spent. Which leads to the third reason I like art as a therapy.
3. The finished drawing brings joy to the heart. When you look down at what you have created it brings such a peace and joy to your heart that at times I wonder if this what God thought when He created everything then stood back and said “This is good.” Art is a process and while the start of any pieces of art is exciting to me, the end is where I get the most satisfaction.
These are the three reasons art is good therapy for me and could be for you. I am not an art therapist but if you want to email me I would be glad to talk to you about how you can get started.
I created this painting using a piece of 9×12 grey paper; 3 colors of grey and a black soft pastel. The flower is color pencil. In life there is always going to be times when there will be some rain. These are the times we can either draw closer to God or push Him away. The comfort comes in the fact no matter what when we come to God as He states in Hebrews, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” In the rainy times we need to look through the torrential downpour and see God right there before us.
The doctor’s say a little wine is good for you but too much can be very harmful to your body. Life in the same. If we listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides us we will be ok because He will not let us delve to deeply into those things which will ham the body and the spirit. If we however delve into deeply, ignoring the Holy Spirit’s prompts them we fall into sin and lose our way.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Life is all about finding the wonder. Looking for those things which cause you to say, “Wow, I’ve never seen that before.” Well besides the wonders God shows me in my daily, and the joy of watching my children grow and learn, I get a lot of my daily wonder from the pieces of art I create. I know I have a lot to learn as an artist but I also know the pieces I create each day are a wonder to me. I still can’t believe my drawings bring positive comments my way and delight to those who view them.
While on Christmas break from my job I have found myself doing something I haven’t done in a long time-reading. I have made my way through two books of fiction and several non fiction art books. One of my goals for next year is to spend more time reading books on drawing illustrations. The reason, many of my friends tell me they like a lot of my more simplistic illustrations. Let me know what you think.
Well I guess winter has finally come to Pennsylvania. The temperatures have dropped and the wind chills make me say, “baby it’s cold outside.” Sooner no maybe later the outside decorations will have to come down but for now I think I’m going to stay in and draw. Sounds like a good plan to me. Well from my family to your have a good end of 2017 and a happy beginning to 2018. Yes I know I still have two more drawing for the end of the year but I just wanted to get in an early greeting.
Well it is Christmas day and all the gifts have been unwrapped, The kids are now busily playing with their gifts…no wait they aren’t playing with their gifts they’re playing with the boxes and bows…oh my. All that money spent on gifts and the kids find the box flaps more interesting than the $60..00 toy. Now may be the time to reevaluate what you get for your kids next year. Maybe some boxes lovingly wrapped? I don’t know but there is plenty of time to think about it next year.