Creating art is a therapy for me…when I pick up a paintbrush or open my sketchbook I immediately feel a wave of calmness enter me. The stress of the world melts away. I become the center of the balance beam.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton
It frees me. It allows stubborn emotions to flow out of me, whether it is trauma or joy, the feelings can pour freely from my soul, leaving my heart and my mind clear.
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
It opens a space for me to heal.
“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars & attics. It brings healing.” ~ Julia Cameron
I used to rush my paintings, feeling the need to bring them to completion in one sitting. I found that through my patience they became so much more. I have learned to allow them to be works in progress. I allow them to grow as I grow through them. Letting them layer upon layer as life does, creating a story to be told. And in that they give back to me as what I put into them.
Art is beautiful to the eyes, but it is compelling to the soul.