Art as Therapy

As selling artists we are always painting for a market.  What are our customers looking for?  What is currently trending?  What is popular?  This doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy our art, of course we do.  This simply means that we paint to sell.

Well, November and December were incredibly busy and fulfilling months that were filled with music making, painting, shipping, filling orders, preparing for the holidays, musicals, concerts, meetings…you know the drill.

I enjoyed the frenetic pace but really needed a break so I turned to my art for some therapy.  For me, the act of applying a paint brush to a surface is therapeutic, especially if I am not doing it to fulfill some sort of deadline and on Christmas Eve I had a few unscheduled hours, and  I decided to create a painting that was simply for me with no intentions of selling it.  I wasn’t concerned with a certain color scheme, or theme but just wanted to paint and really didn’t care if the painting sat in the closet.  I grabbed a surface, actually a large wood plaque that has been floating around my stash forever and went to town.  I spent the next several hours lost in my painting with no planned outcome.  I started with some flowers, then a bird, then I balanced the painting and created more interest in the background.  It ended up being a very nice painting that I really like.  I thought I would share my therapy with you.  Art is the thing that can stimulate, frustrate, calm and fulfill us….and we end up with something beautiful.

Thanks for the visit.  Until next time…

Paul

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