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Art Therapy: Finding Your Flow
As a child, art was a form of therapy for me. I was one of six girls, and basically the middle child. Solitude was peace for me, no noise, no people, just me, and my imagination. I thrived imagining a world of my own.
“The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.”
Many beginning painters start by taking steps to learn new mediums or experiment with new techniques. But, I think it’s so much deeper than that. It’s exciting, empowering, and gives the artist the freedom of self expression. Art can be a challenge, it can be rewarding, frustrating, and lead you to a sense of accomplishment.
In order to grow as an artist it’s important to set yourself aside from emails, social media and give yourself a chance to hit your flow state. Flow state is when you are in the zone. If you ever felt completely immersed in an activity, you might be experiencing a mental state that psychologists call flow. Time flies, every action, movement and thought flows from one to the other, like playing an instrument.
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“How rich art is, if one can only remember what one has seen, one is never empty of thoughts or truly lonely, never alone.”
Vincent Van Gogh
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Getting out into the world is important to absorb ideas, stay inspired, and build a network. But all of that comes at a cost, they take away your time, attention, and energy from actually creating work. At the end of the day, all the experiences don’t amount to much until you make time to block out the outside world and create.
What’s the value of being connected if you have nothing much to share?
You are a creator, and the art you make is your figurative and literal lifeline.
So, what are you waiting for?
Go Create and find your flow!
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