What is the thing that you do that makes you forget time and place for a while? This is what happens when I draw. It’s like an escape or a zone that I go into for a couple of hours, and when I come back to reality I am mentally refreshed. I decided to write about that, so I did a little Google-searching on the subject and came up with all kinds of articles about how making art is therapeutic. Turns out art therapy is widely practiced by health care professionals to help physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged or disabled individuals using all kinds of methods.
That is not really what I am referring to though. I love the way that doing art, whether it is drawing, painting, dancing, writing music, or whatever art form, is therapeutic in general. I don’t even think I can name all of the ways, but some biggies are self-expression, relief from stress, grief, or anxiety, and the pleasurable experience of creating something. Doing art, specifically drawing, allows me to focus on the present moment, setting all of the other cluttered thoughts aside for a while. I get lost in it, because it seems to force other distracting mental activity out of the way so that I can do the art work.
Let me know your thoughts about this subject. I think it is fascinating.
Have a great week!
It’s at the frame shop!! This was a fun project. I can’t wait to get it back and get it shipped to Phoenix. Thank you Jake and Tim for putting me up to the challenge!
While working on the background of this group portrait, I suddenly realized something was wrong. I had been using dark colors for the wall with lighter shades coming from behind Trump that was supposed to look like lighting. I was satisfied until I realized it looked like Trump's hair was on fire! Just above his already yellow-orange hair there was a blaze of orange-red flames. Ha! It made me think of the "Heat Miser" on that old Christmas cartoon. I got a good laugh then I toned down the colors above his head. I wish I'd gotten a picture of that (lesson learned) but here's a shot of Trump after I put out the fire.
Based in Birmingham, AL, I love creating portraits in charcoal and pastels. Join me on my creative journey, inspired by the people, places, and pets I've met along the way!