As I’ve thrown myself deeply into the art world, I’ve learned that it’s not only me, ALL artists are hounded by an inner critic that stops them in their tracks with the nasty little muse-killer questions: “Why make art? What’s the point?” One evening when I was doing my first “Journal Spilling” inspired page, that critic stopped me cold. For a moment. Then I decided to journal on THAT. And as I did, the answers came.
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I have since seen so many artists struggle with this over and over, and of course, that wasn’t the critic’s last visit to my head, either, so I decided to list all the reasons here, and I am also thinking of doing a piece or page or some kind of work featuring each one.
Here are the reasons I have come up with so far:
It’s fun. Which releases seratonin. And that positively impacts all of life, including immune system, relationships, and of course, mental health, particularly depression and other mood disorders.
Building creativity is good in ALL situations. In fact, only creativity ever solved any problem.
Builds self-love and self-esteem through giving you a chance to create something, accomplish something, explore things, and know yourself better.
Gives you a way to find community with brave, creative people plugged into Creator Source, and those are the best kind of people. (Hey! That’s you!)
Gives you a chance to process the crap in your life. To move the negative energy OUT onto the page/canvas/substrate so you can make room for positive energy to come IN.
Gives you a way to record and celebrate the GOOD that happens in your life.
You learn to have an appreciation and curiosity about the visual world which has you looking for things to LIKE and helps you appreciate ordinary and even ‘ugly’ things, which starts what Abraham-Hicks calls a Rampage of Appreciation, and that appreciation energy is the most powerful way to bring more and more and more GOOD into your life.
Has you engage the right side of the brain, the intuitive side, which taps you into a whole new stream of information and way of knowing.
Visual journaling, or art journaling, in particular, engages BOTH sides of the brain in the journaling/self-exploration process, the left brain which communicates in words and the right brain which communicates in images.
It plugs you into Creator Source. What is the Creator but creative energy? And what are we but Creator’s physical hands here to create things in the physical world so Creator can experience itself physically? Whenever we create even the smallest thing, we are directing that God-force through us and bringing Heaven to Earth.
I’ll be posting new reasons as I figure them out/learn them along the way. Please add your own in the comments! We can get an amazing, co-creative list going and pass it around. And yes, please link to this, share it, print it out, write it, draw it, dance it, sing it, sculp it, cook it, and create it all over the planet!
- Artistic Characteristics of the Right Brain and Left Brain (segmation.wordpress.com)
- Right Brain Left Brain (optimizedindividuals.wordpress.com)