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How Does Art Inspire You?

Posted: 27th Apr 2018

By Lottie Foskett - 

“I paint and sculpt to get a grip on reality... to protect myself.” 
 - Alberto Giacometti

Alberto Giacometti has been my inspiration since I can remember. I discovered drawing back in school and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Now, I’m not an artist of any sort, but Giacometti has helped me find my style of painting and sculpting helping me believe in myself, creating paintings that I am proud of.

Some think you have to be creating paintings or sculptures to be considered a real artist. Others believe that you are either born with talent — or not.

Many are afraid that since they aren’t very good at something, there is no point and they won’t get any benefit from doing it. Another myth is that you have to work with an art therapist to get any therapeutic benefit from doing art. From my experience; I believed both of these statements before I found what I enjoyed doing. I wasn’t very good at drawing and I wasn’t getting any benefit from it but I kept on drawing. As I kept on drawing I started to realise that art was my therapeutic benefit. I have come a long way thanks to painting and sculpting.

Art has helped me express myself; art encompasses a wider range of activities than you may have ever imagined.

Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress levels and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. Creating art provides a distraction, giving your brain a break from your usual thoughts.

Unlike mathematics, there is no one correct answer in art. Art encourages creative thinking and lets you come up with your own unique solutions.

Leonardo da Vinci once said; “Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and colour, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”

Creating art trains you to concentrate on details and pay more attention to your environment. In this way, it acts like meditation. It certainly has helped me focus on major projects; inside and outside of work.

I am by no means an "accomplished "artist but I do enjoy creating a picture full of colour and passion. When I finally finish a painting to the best of my ability in whatever media, I am exhausted, but then whoever said painting was easy? But, I will admit to pleasure when I can stand back to consider my efforts, and with some satisfaction think to myself wow - I did that!

You don’t have to produce fine art. Crafting hobbies of all kinds — knitting, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, woodworking, gardening, and do-it-yourself home repair increases your dopamine, wards off depression, and protects the brain from ageing.

The artistic pursuit of painting is certainly the one which helps me counter the stress caused by my hectic modern lifestyle. My creative product isn't of any commercial value, but does give me satisfaction and I gain so much from the dedication and hard work I put into it.

The list of hobbies and pastimes is never ending so I do hope you can find one that works for you!