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The Therapeutic Nature of Art

Art is an expression of one’s ideas and imaginations in the visual form some of which include sculpture and painting. Art has oftentimes been used to convey a wide range of messages varying from Joy to despair, to sorrow and shame and some others.

Art has also proven to be an effective tool when it comes to stirring up deep conversations evolving around societal issues, the artist’s personal experiences or certain ideologies.

Art is a person’s way of bringing to life his imaginations and communicating his worst fears. Art is a personality, it brings the personality of the artist to expression. 

Have you ever really taken out time to observe the beauty of nature, the colors of the rainbow, the green grass and the deep blue sky?

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Yes? Isn’t it so lovely how a particular color looks really good when combined with another? Remember that perfect blend of Yellow and Blue? Art redirects your attention to the beauty of the things you see every day and pay no attention to. This is the therapy of art. Why you need art in your home.

Even a monochromatic piece of art has the ability to make you appreciate the beauty of colors. Historical artworks are a way to remind people of specific cultural practices and in the long run make viewers appreciate the richness of our culture.

Art encourages appreciation.

There was a time when as children, we could run around and play in the rain or sleep all day. I was reminded of this time in my life when I could sleep the whole day and have my bills paid when I came across a painting of a child sleeping peacefully on his mother’s back while the mother worked tirelessly to ensure he had all he needed.

This is what art therapy does. It is quite capable of taking you down memory lane and making you appreciate the happy moments, reminisce on the mistakes you’ve made in the past. Art is a way of carrying memories with you.

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A good way to do this is to get an artwork symbolic to every country you take a trip to, you never can tell, this might just be the beginning of your own personal museum.

Owing to the ability of art to pass numerous messages across, it has been found that art not only amplifies our joy, it also screams about our sorrows and the things that make our heartache.

There are certain works of art that carry an air of sorrow. Many times, sorrow doesn’t have to be about the loss of a loved one or heartbreak. It could also be about societal ills that pose a constant problem and cause any member of that community or the world at large to be fearful or sorrowful.

A great instance is recurring incidents of violence in several parts of the world. This, when captured in a work of art, can be a great source of sorrow to anyone who looks deeper.

As earlier stated, art is a personality. It is very possible to relate completely to a particular work of art simply because it resonates and blends with your personality.

Art gives you an opportunity to see yourself from the artist’s perspective, it allows you to see yourself in things that are not you. Some artworks relate certain behaviors together while trying to pass a message across. If you happen to come across one of such, you might be able to explain why you act the way you do in response to a particular condition.

It perfectly explains without words, some feelings, emotions, thoughts, ideas, and fears that we have had, yet have been unable to express.

Art as a way of life has the special ability to remind you that whatever comes, you should never stop hoping. Art at its best can bring tears of joy to the eyes of any viewer, momentarily, you cease to remember whatever it is that is troubling you or as served as a source of worry, you begin to look on the brighter side.

Some artworks pass across a message of hope, joy, strength and your ability to keep moving and making progress. Coming across such artworks is always a subtle reminder of the saying that says, “when there is life, there is hope”.

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Growth is an important aspect of any individual’s life just has it is an important function of art.

Art therapy allows you to see clearly, the areas in which you are lacking and consciously encourages you to make corrections, improve and be the better for it.

For instance, I once came across an artwork centered on how we often see things from our own perspective, never thinking of the other people’s feelings. It struck a chord in my heart as I thought of how that applies to almost everyone and how I as an individual have been a victim of this behavior, that work of art made me consciously start to improve on that area of myself, and I gradually began to put others first in whatever I do. Art is a window into the areas you’re unable to see normally.

Balance is an important aspect of growth for any person. Art allows you re-strategize and strikes a balance as you seek to grow and improve in certain areas of your life.

Many times, we refuse to do things because we often think more about what people will think and rather choose to go with a public opinion instead of doing what makes us happy.

I once came across a picture that addressed this shortcoming and it made me understand the place of balance when it comes to seeking advice and taking to suggestions or criticism, I understood better the concept of constructive and destructive criticism after coming across that picture.

Art therapy is a perfect way to access your emotions and externalize your feelings in ways, words cannot explain.

Every hurt, anger, joy or excitement you feel and find yourself incapable of expressing through words, can find perfect expression in art.

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When you get to interact with art on a daily basis, you begin to appreciate and understand a whole lot of things you probably have been unable to all this while. Take a step to purchase an artwork today and explore the world of art therapy and be glad you did. Thank me later!

 

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