Updated: Jun 16
take a closer look the benefits of being creative and the way I use painting as a way of art therapy.
When I was growing up, 'mental health' didn't mean much, or perhaps, wasn't as commonly talked about. Of course I was aware of what it meant, but i didn't know what it truly felt like. But in more recent years, mental health has been edging towards the forefront of society and it's important to know that there are natural ways of providing treatment aside from medication and seeing a specialist.
There was a time in my life a few years ago when I faced a mental health issue which left me feeling depressed and anxious. I was so overwhelmed with thoughts and with so many feelings bottled up, I began to paint my feelings, quite literally.
The first colourful abstract painting (above) I did pretty much summarised my feelings; mixed emotions, thoughts all over the place, happy, sad, confused, lost!
I'm a strong believer in art therapy, whether it's painting, illustration, drawing, or any other form of art. You don't have to be a talented artist to try art therapy, just have an open mind. It certainly improved my self-esteem, self-discipline, and provided both an emotional release and stress relief from everyday life,
My abstract art is built on the core principles of expression, and finding the balance between emotion and pleasure. There is so much more to producing a piece of art work than just putting pen to paper, or paint to canvas.
Painting is a way of inviting viewers to take a journey with me, through the light and darkness, the rough and the smooth. So next time you're feeling a little low, try abstract painting or another form of art and see how you feel.
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