We all have reasons for painting, but why do we paint?
We paint what we see around us. We express what we feel. If something amazes us, we want to paint it! We paint what we like or maybe it's something that bothers us. We may paint what we dream about or see in visions.
Most of all, we paint what we love and want to share with others. We are in complete control of our painting subjects.
Our paintings are something that are totally ours because we created them. Just like our mom is proud of the beautiful cake she baked and decorated, we can take pride in our paintings.
Painting is our opportunity to create something that didn't exist before. We get to create an entirely new thing. It's our chance to make a contribution to the world.
Paintings express what think, feel and dream about. If we can't say it with words, we can say it in a painting.
Other people probably don't see things the way we do. But we get to share ourselves with our paintings. Paintings are our way of communicating with the world. That's the joy of painting.
Why do we paint? The famous artist Edgar Degas said,
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
When we are inspired by a beautiful scene on our vacation, we can paint it. When we feel our love for our children, our pets, our favorite flowers or whatever, we can express it with a painting. If we have frustrations, we can take them out on a painting.
Why do we paint? Painting takes us away from the stress and cares of the world. We concentrate so much on the painting process that it gives us a relief from reality.
Painting requires total concentration. It can be quite a challenge at times, so we have to totally concentrate on what we are doing.
We get engrossed in it and we enter into another world. We enter into the euphoric, Alpha state of our brain. It is like mental therapy for us.
Pablo Picasso said,
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
That's why we paint!
Painting exercises our memory, increases concentration and uses our problem solving skills.
When we run into a problem painting, we have to use our problem solving skills. That takes concentration. These mental exercises are a good hedge against memory loss.
Painting is also noted for increasing hand and finger dexterity, particularly in senior citizens.
The challenge of painting displays our courage and provides a sense of accomplishment. The American artist Georgia O'Keeffe said,
"To create one's own world takes courage."
Painting is a challenge, it's relaxation and so much fun! It's a joy to share all the things we see around us.
Painting is good for us. It relieves stress and is healthy for both our mind and body.
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