My thoughts often focus on art, most days it’s what I think about all the time. I find myself wondering if there is something more important I should be doing. Have you ever asked yourself what the meaning of art is? What purpose does it serve? As an artist I definitely have struggled with this.
So Why Focus on Art?
1 – Art enriches life
I am an avid reader, I love movies, and music gives me great joy. All in all, art makes my life richer for being a part of it. Can you imagine a world without the Mona Lisa? What about Star Wars, or the Beatles? We would definitely be poorer without all of these in our society. Art helps us create our environment and the stories we tell, and what’s better than that?
2 – Art is good for your brain
Any creative activity engages both sides of your brain, causing them to communicate with each other. Every art project requires lots of decisions to be made. It’s good practice for creative problem solving and you learn to think outside the box. Skills you learn while working on arts or crafts enable you to plan ahead and resist impulses so you can achieve your goals.
3 – Making art makes you happy
For reals. Spending time doing arts and crafts releases dopamine which actually boosts drive, focus, and concentration. So it’s a scientific fact that creating art makes you feel good.
I wrote this blog piece for myself, for the motivation I need when I get down. The following video is a big encouragement to me, and helps me understand the benefit that living a life focused on art provides to others.
Go forth and make art dear friends! You will be glad you did, it’s a proven scientific fact.