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When you grip a paintbrush and focus on rendering an image on a page, you remind yourself that your fingers are capable and strong, just as they were when you lifted a fallen child off the ground. When you mix together blues and greens in your paint tray, you visualize the color of a loved one’s eyes or recall the exact shade of the ocean you grew up by. When you take your easel outside and devote a few solitary hours to your art, you give your heart a break to enjoy nature and grow in a way it never has before. Now, more than ever, is the time to tap into that joy that’s found in painting, and there are scientific studies to back that claim up. When working on your art, you engage your cognitive and motor processing centers, which can lead to greater psychological resilience (according to a study conducted by researchers in 2014). Think of painting as a method of exercising your brain, just like you would stretch your legs and go for a run. Each

time you grip a paintbrush and begin to create, you train your mind to withstand the stress and negativity of the outside world. A study in the 2010 version of the American Journal of Public Health indicated that art can help you foster a positive attitude, explore areas of emotional growth, and even tackle that ball of anxiety that’s been nestled in your chest for the past few years. The roots of creativity run deep, and the more you let them expand, the more psychological benefits you will begin to reap. The positive effects extend past your cognitive health and reach into the very core of your personality. So, no matter how amateur or expert your artistic skills may be, do your soul a favor and give it the chance to breathe life into a canvas packed with bright colors and memories. As Joseph Campbell once said, “The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Art is the transforming experience.”

“Most importantly, get yourself out of the way, and have a go!” Editor In Chief Jacqueline Coates

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Living Art Magazine is the authoritative resource on all things Art related for curious people seeking the joy of creating something themse...

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Living Art Magazine is the authoritative resource on all things Art related for curious people seeking the joy of creating something themse...