Have you ever thought about starting a new hobby? Struggling to decide which one is best for you? Well, we at Stickman Painting Studio are here to tell you just why painting should be one of your top considerations.
Painting is a great way to relax while still challenging your memory and motor skills, it’s a fun way to learn new skills, learn about yourself, and learn about a community you may not know much about yet.
You may not think that painting can be relaxing––there’s so much to think about, so much to plan out, so much you don’t know! It might all sound like too much work to be enjoyable. But, it’s actually quite the opposite. There’s something serene about getting lost in something you create. The worries of the day melt away with each brush stroke, clearing your mind and calming you down enough to leave your worries for tomorrow while you enjoy your night.
Art is a great way to connect with your fellow humans in group activities. There are many ways now that we can connect and paint together, which offers emotional stimulation as well as fosters the urge to experience life in a group setting––something that humans often crave as their base-nature.
We are not meant to be alone all the time, and coming together to create something new is one of the best reasons to come together. It creates a safe space where everyone can come together and let their creative juices flow as well as get feedback on the work they’re creating. Creative environments are, and always should be, positive environments.
Talent + Growth
Where You Start
It doesn’t matter where you start. This could be something that fills a great deal of time after years of art class and discovering the passion for creativity or it could be a weekend hobby picked up to fill that free time you always find yourself with. What it boils down to is that creating should be about supporting each other and growing in skills as time passes. Everyone had to start out a beginner before they could become a professional.
No matter where you start, there’s always room to learn a new skill. Painting is a great way to bring some creativity into your life, and, before long, you may notice these new creative skills trickling into other aspects of everyday life. Before you know it, you’ll start looking at everyday problems with a new light and may even be able to solve them easier, quicker, or both.
Dedication and Determination
Painting not only gives you the ability to say you created something from scratch, but it gives you the encouragement to keep creating. Maybe you thought you weren’t good enough or that you couldn’t create something, but a finished painting gives you the drive to keep creating and keep pushing yourself in new ways. Creating is a reminder that you can create anything you desire if you have a bit of drive and courage to pursue it.
Sure, painting on a weekend may not be creating the next Mona Lisa or Sistine Chapel, but it’s something. Practicing a new skill is a great way to remind yourself that there are always new and interesting things to be discovered and learn in life.
Although the process of creating can be intimidating, time-consuming, and down-right frustrating at times, there is nothing quite like looking at the finished product. You are reminded of all hard work and determination you dedicated to your project and the amount of pride and joy you feel when admiring all that you put into it is not quite like any other feeling. It reminds us that we should be positive more often and look at the world a little bit brighter and a little bit happier.
Details and Self-Care
Sure, we’ve all made those jokes about self-care, but painting really can be a form of self-care, on more levels than just one.
Motor Skills + Memory
Painting sharpens and fine-tunes your motor skills as well as promotes health of long-lasting memory. When we create something we have to actively focus on what we’re doing, focus on the details. It’s in these details that we’re working to promote positive brain health. Sure, painting is a way to tell your worries to “Get Lost!” but it’s also a great way to keep your brain busy while relaxing.
Emotional Growth + Acceptance
Not only physically does painting help, but it can be a great aid in emotional strength and recovery as well. Painting is one of the best ways to immerse yourself creatively and explore new and familiar emotions. Trying out different styles and subjects is a great way to dig into your emotional well-being. It can be a great way to figure out what sort of things make you feel happiness and or joy or even sadness and hurt. We find out where our emotions lie and how to better deal with them.
Concentration + Positive Attitude
Painting is a great way to focus on what you want to feel as well as a way to meditate on ways to keep you feeling that way throughout everyday life. There’s a great joy that can be found in concentrating on the small details and then the new challenge begins how to refocus other aspects of life so they, as well, focus on the small details that make the overall painting a masterpiece. Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.”
Whether you believe that or not, there is always some sort of connection between life and art. There’s something lurking there like like old lovers holding hands remembering their younger days, looking for all the small details of why they still love each other, even after all this time. Find your art and find your attitude. Your life is there for the illustrating.
One great benefit of taking on painting as a new hobby is learning about painters around the world, both past and present. It not only gives you something new to do but it also gives you something new to learn about and talk about. There are so many great things to learn. Pick up a book or a do a google search of a new art style you’ve discovered and you’re instantly given the names of artists who dabbled in the genre before you. Now you can impress your friends with your new paintings scattered around the house as well as your new knowledge that they will be dying to hear about.
The last, but likely most important, reason that you should pick up a paintbrush and start painting is that it’s just a good time. You won’t find yourself with a frown when you’re spending time creating worlds all your own. Who doesn’t love a few hours spent daydreaming while getting to know yourself better?
Good for Your Health
Painting is a great way to keep our minds in shape as well as an awesome way to let our emotions flow while having fun.
Painting is good for the mind, heart, and soul. There’s no downside, so consider taking on a new hobby today. And, boy do we have just the place for you to start.