I would of never been able to predict the things we have all experienced in 2020. From a pandemic, to political division, riots, uproar and protests, the times seem more uncertain than ever.
Mental health has always been a passionate issue of mine for personal reasons and with all the stuff that has come with the year 2020, it is that much more important to pay attention to. Watching the news alone spikes anxiety and Isolation from the pandemic has increased depression.
Obviously with social distancing, my paint party business suffers. But as time goes on and it becomes safe enough to resume gatherings, I encourage paint parties for many reasons. Art is extremely beneficial for mental health. Not many people, unless they are artists themselves or enrolled in an art therapy program, gravitate towards doing art on their own. People are very critical of not being good enough as artists to do art, or perhaps they use the age old excuse that they don’t have time. The truth is art is for everyone, and it’s just as important for your well-being to make time for it, just like excercise. We all have access to art and we all have an inner artist, whether you are in touch with it or not. Paint parties encourage people to get together, relax and be guided to paint. Painting itself, with each brushstroke on the canvas, is a type of meditation, just in motion. I always encourage freedom of expression, meaning you don’t have to paint a blue sky because I said to. This allows for people to get in touch with their moods and express themselves freely. Art has been shown to decrease pain, raise serotonin and promote better concentration and brain function. The wonderful thing about paint parties is you paint as a group, so you get the personal benefits of painting as well as the social benefits of being around people. Being guided to paint also helps people who might otherwise be afraid of a blank canvas and say they have no idea what to paint or where to start. For all the reasons stated and many more that I’ve left out, I hope you consider a paint party when it is safe to gather again-not just because you’ll have a blast with friends, but also because after the traumatic events we’ve all endured in 2020, everyone could benefit from a little “Art Therapy”. I hope to see you all again soon.