Art making is always great, of course. But in times like these we can take advantage of its special powers.
Many of you might have heard or read about the relaxing and meditative power of mandalas, coloring or Zentangle during their trend peaking. Their advocates talk about their positive characteristics, explaining why each on of these activities is good for you.
The great secret is… ALL art making is good for you, no matter which kind. But why?
There are many studies and investigations that try to learn what is happiness and what makes us achieve it. There are, for the most part, two or three things that makes us truly happy. One of them is Flow.
Named by Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, flow is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of focus, involvement and enjoyment. This state is characterized by total absorption in what one does, and the resulting loss in one's sense of space and time: Action and awareness become merged.
There are many activities that can lead to a state of flow, art making being one of them. For those who are more physical in nature, there are many physical activities that let you achieve this state. But since we’re about art and not sports, I’m referring to what we are about. Also, since most of us are physically confined now, it wouldn’t help much talking about kite surfing or whatever.
Art making, being it digital, traditional or a combination of the two, no matter the technique or trendy name, will help us be in a flow state. This is great in any circumstance and will help our lives tremendously. But specially now, that we have to be self-confined, socially distanced and anxious about the development of the Covid-29 crisis, I’d say it becomes almost a necessity.
It will not only make you enjoy your time inside more; it will also help you stay away from the state of fear and concern that paying attention to the media 24/7 will bring.
Many of you can´t usually make art as much as you’d like because of your jobs or other things in life that stand in the way. This is your chance. It doesn’t matter the outcome, if you’re a newbie or seasoned. Don’t postpone it. Give yourself this gift, it’ll make you happier and healthier.
Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links:
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