Painting is always one of the best art therapies. Anyone can paint, once you pick up the brush, and start putting the colours on the canvas, not only it is a hand-brain ordination exercise, it is also the beginning of unifying your inner self and outer self. Your painting shows your honesty and sincerity and it somehow releases the oppressions and restraints inside you. It was funny how I first walked into an art jam studio with a nostalgia of the long-lost relationship with the paintbrush. While I had zero confidence in painting, the thrill of coming up with anything I wanted still got to me. To all the noob painters like me, the more afraid you are, the more fun you will have.
This is not my first art jam but it is also definitely not be my last. After having done art jamming at several places for quite a few times, I have decided that I love Acrylic painting. I realise how fast Acrylic dries (as compared to oil) and how it was easier to work with it undiluted. I have a habit of using my oil paints mixed with a mixing medium before application. This does not really work in the same way for Acrylics. When I mixed Acrylic paints with water as a medium, I get transparent colours. What I like with acrylic is that it is fairly easy to cover up mistakes as the colours (straight from the tube) cover over opaque and it dries fast enough for u to fix it in one sitting, unlike oil which takes fairly long to dry.
How thrilling it is when I finally finished a work-in-progress. It has taken several weeks. I have completed this colourful and cheery dotty tree, just in time for the celebration of the Christmas festive season!
Why get involved with Art? These are the reasons i have discovered:
1) It can improves one's self-confidence as it is challenging yet not to the extent of mentally exhausting.
2) It is helpful in the treatment of depression and reducing stress as it can create "feel-good" chemicals in the human brain.
3) It can improve mental agility as one learns the ability to create and transform materials into something useful.
I would really recommend everyone to give art jamming a try. Even those without prior painting experience can try it out. I would say that the only obstacle is yourself. It’s easy to pick up a brush, slap on some paint, mix it all up and paint with your heart (leave that critical and judgemental mind at home). All you need to do is to just go with the flow and heart. I hope this gives you some inspiration for the weekday activities! Enjoy and have fun :)
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