Get In Touch With Your Creativity Through Painting
“I can't think of anything more rewarding than being able to express yourself to others through painting. Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.”
So said the late painting instructor Bob Ross, famous for his 11 year run as host of “The Joy of Painting.” Ross clearly understood that at its core, pursuing paint activities is more about freeing the mind more than controlling the hand. Current studies in the field of art therapy agree that creative modalities like painting can enhance our quality of life as we age, nurturing overall wellbeing and promoting healing. Who knew a paintbrush could be that powerful?
Often older adults shy away from paint classes fearing they bring nothing to the easel. A savvy instructor will create a welcoming, judgement free zone in which even those with two left hands are free to joyously explore the creative process. It’s not about the art. It’s about the artistry and the multitude of potential benefits tapping into your inner Picasso can yield.
Paint the Stress Away
Activities like painting, sculpting, and drawing are automatic stress relievers that will relax you and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. Once you become immersed in your creative endeavor, you will find focus and flow and be amazed at how the cares of the day just fall away. You can achieve a state of meditation that is refreshing and renewing. Painting activities will also reduce anxiety and depression.
You’re Not Getting Older, You’re Getting More Creative
While it’s true our brains age, research shows that creativity and imagination can actually flourish later in life. It’s the gift that keep on giving. The more we exercise our creative options, the more we produce new neural pathways that improve cognitive function. Keeping the creative juices flowing for a lifetime will help keep you both interested and interesting.
Beyond the Canvas
Your art may not wind up hanging at the Met, but participating in paint classes will provide a great outlet for socializing with fellow art enthusiasts. As your peers find their own inner voices, you will have the opportunity to learn more about them and really get to know them. You will feel an increased sense of identity and purpose.
It’s Okay to Drink and Draw
For an extra boost to the spirit, try combining art and spirits in a paint and wine class. How do you think Michelangelo survived that ceiling? According to Bob Ross, “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” And don’t forget to have fun.
Live Overture offers an array of creative services as part of our Soul Services, including drama clubs and jewelry making. Contact us today to explore how Live Overture can enhance your everyday living.