Mindful Art is techniques in mindfulness combined with an art medium (in the case of this class watercolour painting). In mindful art, we work on on regulating, re-educating and re-wiring our brains with fun and engaging coursework.
Everything changes when I paint. It’s the ritual that keeps on giving.
I use to feel my well of ideas was dry. I knew I loved colours with all my might, and wanted to live a consistent creative life but I didn’t know how to begin or what that looked like. The world felt dull, “blah”. I found myself blasé & disconnected. But at the same time, it felt overwhelming to think about painting everyday. At the time, I had two babies to take care of, a household to clean, bills the pay. For sure this was more important than my creative endeavours, right? And why should it matter anyways?
So I began challenging myself to paint everyday for 5 days. I could go minimum 1 minute and max 5 minutes- that seemed totally doable. Then 7 more days. Then 21 days. After 21 days, painting everyday felt more like brushing my teeth and less of a chore. Now, this time is non-negotiable. Like magic, the world around me and inside me woke up again! My painting (and my life) became bolder, richer through self-expression I could bring forth what was within me in a safe, fun and accessible way.
Creativity is a Necessity
I’ve come to believe that creativity is a necessity. That the dishwasher can wait to be loaded, because our imagination can change the world. That your intuition has been waiting years for you to pause and listen to its screams. I also don’t think ‘bad’ art exists- the question of is your art ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is snobbery and silliness. I’ve come to believe that making art builds empathy, vulnerability and exercises courage. That the surest way for my kid to believe in his own gifts of expressions in the world is to assert myself to be a creator of beautiful things in the first place. I need to show up for myself with edge.
Showing up for Yourself
The Mindful Art philosophy is that if you are a breathing, living human being: YOU ARE AN ARTIST. It is about starting where you are. It’s about practice and the courage to keep showing up, it’s about reflecting on your work and painting outside the line. It’s practice. Daily watercolour painting is an opportunity to strengthens creativity and practice presence in body and mind. In witnessing and looking at our daily creations we see our life unfolds in front of our very eyes. We open up in new ways. The goal of all this years 21 days is to establish a daily art practice.
Your brain on art is your brain on yoga.
Your brain on art is your brain on yoga : receptive, in 'flow', child-like, forgiving, lit up! Painting has been shown to calm body and mind, rewire the brain and access peace, joy, _______ ( blank for inserting what YOU want more out of this life, your one life!) .