If you find yourself asking this question with all the busyness in our lives, the answer is simple painting helps me slow down and relax. Most of my friends ask me how I have time to paint. Well, to be honest I make time. I have a full time job and am a single father of two kids and sometimes it is very hard to carve out time to paint.
But what I have found is that if you don’t find time to create, as an artist you will be doing yourself a disservice. We as humans need outlets and means to express ourselves creatively; painting is therapeutic, relaxing and a means that so many of us need to relax in this busy world.
Life is so full of “To-Do lists” and Facebook posts to read, we find it hard to pull ourselves away and get back to living. We are living in an age where we are so connected to our mobile devices, computers and TVs that we forget to just unplug and live.
There is so much information and connectivity to shuffle around, getting involved in creating things like a painting brings us back and helps us to center ourselves, ultimately reminding us to look for joy.
I’m not going to get into the science of how, but just like journaling, praying and meditating, doing things such as painting centers you and brings you back to the present here and now. I think the challenge is actually taking the time to do it; committing yourself to setting a time to paint and getting out your brush or palette knife and actually painting. I have to admit this is a struggle for me as well.
What I’ve found is that when I push through and make myself paint, I feel a whole lot better and in that moment I am happy because I took action and allowed myself the time to just paint.
So I would like to encourage you for the next year to make it a priority to paint. The best way to accomplish this is to block out some time and set a place in your home just for your painting projects. Even if it’s just for twenty minutes, start there. You may be familiar with artist who believe in creating a painting a day.
There are many artists who practice this habit. It does not have to be a big painting project it can be as small as a 6×6 on a canvas board.
It doesn’t have to be perfection either.
It’s just the simple act of taking the time to paint. Also, enjoy the experience of painting. Don’t add pressure by trying to make this a big mission or expect to have a masterpiece every time your brush touches the canvas.
If you commit to this, I truly believe it will bring a sense of fulfillment and happiness to your life. If painting didn’t entice you by some means you wouldn’t be thinking about painting in the first place and you wouldn’t be reading this blog post.
I truly believe that if you paint and begin doing it on a regular basis it will allow for many opportunities to relax, regroup, and provide true enjoyment.