Art: What Is It Good For?

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
— Henry Ward Beecher

Since we left the primordial place of our ancestors, mankind has been focused on capturing life in the act of life around us. From cave paintings and the Sistine Chapel to The Hands of The Peasant, The Old Guitarist and more commercial endeavors like Painting With A Twist, we as people are captivated by the natural world and our attempts to share our interpretation of it infused with our own soul and being.

But why do we do it?

As artists, admirers, laymen and everyday people, our draw to art rests in its ability to communicate more depth and feeling than we might naturally be able to share. In a world mired in constant contact, communication, social media, on-demand entertainment, it’s all too easy for us to get lost in the buzz and confusion of modernity that bombards our senses. That’s where art enters.

From our minds, soul, physical health and spiritual connection, the benefits of art creep into every facet of our life and offer more than one might imagine. Art offers us an outlet and serene release from the perpetual buzz that constantly invades our minds and homes through our phones.

Aside from the disconnect, how does art help us?

Research has shown that art can help decrease negative emotions, improve positive self-thoughts and image, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve spontaneity while allowing for expression of grief and improved self-identity, amongst a myriad of other health, mental and spiritual benefits.

Now I don’t know about you, but all of those benefits sound like they would be incredible for everyone, whether they’re in a hospital, suffering any illness or just wanting to improve themselves!

Does it seem too good to be true? It’s not!

The Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine actually found that writing for HIV patients genuinely impacted patients’ cells and and improved their immune system’s lymphocyte count.

So what are you saying Sandra?

I’m saying—Produce!

Create something, express yourself and share yourself with the world!

Contribute and create more than you consume, and you’ll feel the benefits of artistic creation flow through you. Start right now! Open a blank document, start typing, put pen on paper, turn your phone to airplane mode and take pictures, turn up the music and dance.

Whatever your preferred medium, however you feel comfortable, spend your time making and let loose the creative juices inside of you!

What’s your favorite way to create? Share in the comments, let’s start a discussion and make our own creator’s circle!

ArtSandra Kay SmithComment