All my life I’ve wanted to paint, but it wasn’t until the other week that I had a good think about how painting’s benefitted me throughout my life so far. I’ve always been determined to become a professional artist yet I never truly appreciated what good painting was doing for me on the way to becoming professional. There were times when I thought I would never make it, yet painting was still doing me some good – I just never realised it at the time.
The main way painting’s been good for me is because it’s given me something to concentrate on and something to aim towards. I think that’s the way it’s benefitted me the most, to be honest. Without painting, I don’t know what I’d be doing. In an ideal world, I would have always been a painter; this isn’t an ideal world, but at least I’ve always had my painting to keep me driven and motivated.
I think painting’s also helped me develop as a person. Through painting I’ve learned to take a step back and look at the world in a different way – I don’t think I would have gained that perspective from anything else. I can zone out from the hustle and bustle of daily life and devote my full attention to my work. Because painting helps me relax, I’ve learned to take a calmer approach to a lot of things in life. Again, I wouldn’t have learned to take that calmer approach had it not been for painting.
Finally, I think painting’s allowed for me to get to know myself better. The more I learned about painting, the more I learned about myself, because painting is something creative that requires you to think about what you want and how you want your work to be. Whenever you work on a painting, you pour a lot of emotion and feeling into it; for me landscapes evoke memories from my childhood of travels through Europe. Painting landscapes is a personal experience because it involves me taking inspiration from memories and thinking about how they’ve influenced me.
How do you think painting’s good for you? How has it benefitted you?
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