The Magic of Art
I firmly believe in holistic health. Holistic health is defined as caring for the whole person, providing for physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. It’s rooted in the understanding that all these aspects affect your overall health and being depleted in one aspect affects you in others. But, if all four aspects are grounded in an enriching and positive environment this will enable a person to live their life to its happiest and fullest. Art provides this environment.
In my website, on my blog page, there are five pillars that line the path that leads to holistic health, cooking, music, art, outdoor activities and exercise. I have expressed the positive reinforcement and enriching power in cooking and music.
Now, it’s time to investigate the Magic of Art.
We must first define art. Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. This, granted is a most primitive definition of art. Art is more, much more than a primitive definition. Art is a reflection or interpretation of the depths of ones inner being. Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul, and shows to people these secrets which are common to all. Think of a painting that is a rendition of pain, it evokes similar emotions and feeling in us all. Art transcends cultural, spiritual and racial lines, just about any demarkation you can conceive. In a word, art transcends.
The Magic of Art: Art has many facets, such as contemporary, abstract expressionism, art deco, impressionism, surrealism and avant-garde, this is a small part of the expansiveness of art. In order to throughly examine and explore each facet of art would be impossible, my life expectancy would not grant me the time. Therefore, I will reveal some of the more salient facts about art.
How does art impact our lives? With the art that we are surrounded by, whether it’s a painting, music or even videos can have a huge impact on our mood and emotions. All kinds of art can affect our mood in a positive way, making us feel happier, calmer, or even inspired to do something. Think of the Nike saying, “Just Do It”. Or reading a comic strip that overwhelm you with laughter.
Art is important because it encompasses all the developmental domains in child development. Art increases physical development and the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills. Children learn about themselves and others through art activities. It really helps them build self-esteem and confidence. I can still see the look on my child’s face when I hung one of his first drawing on the fridge. His confidence and self-esteem soared, he proudly showed everyone his accomplishment. This not only improved his outlook but overwhelmed me with joy for I am the little artist proud father.
Art is generally understood as any activity or product done by people with a communicative or aesthetic purpose, something that expresses an idea, an emotion, more generally, a world view. It is a component of culture, reflecting economic and social trends in its design.
Self expression is one of the purposes of art. It is a way to show our feelings and emotions. It can also make a political statement a religious statement or even a whimsical statement. Art, is very personal and evokes different feelings in different people. That’s why good art is art that allows you to enter from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.
More evidence of the Magic of Art: There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world. Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have a soul.
Researchers have explored the benefits of art therapy for treating a variety of physical health difficulties. Some of their findings show art therapy helped reduced pain, decrease symptoms of stress and improve quality of life in adult cancer patients. Studies have also shown that expressing themselves through art can help people with depression and anxiety. And, doing so has been linked to improved memory, reasoning and resilience in healthy older people. The beneficial effects of creating aren’t dependent on a person skill or talent.
Furthermore, the benefits of art aren’t merely in your head. The impact of art, music and writing can be seen in your physical body as well. A study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine used writing as a treatment for HIV patients, found that writing resulted in improvements of CD4+lymphocyte counts. That’s the fancy way of saying the act of writing actually impacted the cells inside the patient’s body and improved their immune system. In other words, the process of creating art doesn’t just make you feel better, it also creates real, physical changes inside your body. In our always-on, always-connected world of television, social media, and on-demand everything, it can be stupidly easy to spend your entire day consuming information and simply responding to all the inputs that bombard your life. Art offers an outlet and a release from all of that. Take a minute to ignore all of the incoming signals and create an outgoing one instead. Produce something. Express yourself in some way. As long as you contribute rather than consume anything you do, can be a work of art.
Creating art isn’t just for artists, art is for everyone! Within each of us lies a spark of creativity. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try drawing, painting, sculpting, or fine art photography, but never had the time or opportunity to do so. With the knowledge of all the benefits artistic pursuits can provide, I hope you won’t put off exploring your artistic side any longer! You have nothing to loose and everything to gain, go for it. Be safe and enjoy life to its fullest, we only get one shot at life so give it your “best”.