Who Needs Art?

Some folks believe that artists are either born with talent or they are not.  Others believe that an “artist” is someone that creates paintings or sculptures.  While both may be true, whether you are a professional artist or someone that dabbles, art is still the best way to express oneself.

Art provides a distraction for an otherwise busy brain.  A friend tells me that I have “crowded cranium” but don’t we all suffer from that malady?  In today’s world there are so many distractions that eat up our time and that is especially true with the technology that is available to us at all age levels.

What are some of the benefits of art?  Art boosts self-esteem and gives us a sense of accomplishment.   There is nothing that makes you more proud of yourself than knowing you created something that no one else in the world has done.  Even if that something is googly eyes stuck to a pipe cleaner and hung on the Christmas tree.

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
— Pablo Picasso

Art creates a much needed distraction from the crowded cranium syndrome.  Art lets you go to a “zone” level that lets you temporarily push aside the stress and worries of the everyday world.  You don’t have to create fine art to reap the benefits of creating and expression.  Science has proven that both sides of the brain are engaged while one is engaged in an art activity.  There is no more right brain/left brain thinking.  So go ahead and do something “artsy”.  You will be relieving the crowded cranium syndrome while regenerating neurons.  Who needs art?  We all do!

Art courtesy of Arline Boyce

Townsend Artisan Guild