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5 Reasons Art Is Good For You, The Soul, And The World.

Artnoun   the expression or application of human creative skill and application, typically in a visual form such as a painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Art is a privilege that we all have to express ourselves and our feelings. I have always found peace in coming home after a stressful day and doodling, or maybe coloring. It’s almost calming in a way, all you have on your mind is all the beautiful colors you are starting to see appear on your paper, and what it will turn out to be.

There are 5 big reasons I have found on why art is good for you, your soul, and the world

  1. Art Generates A Love For Learning & Creativity: Art gives you a chance to explore parts of yourself maybe you did not know existed. It teaches risk taking, and being open to how things may turn out different from what you originally wanted them to. It helps you learn to be more passionate and curious.
  2. Art Develops The Whole Brain: It is proven that art increases attention, strengthens focus, requires practice, develops hand-eye coordination, and interacting with the world using mediums and tools. I feel strongly that art is mentally a good thing for not just kids, but everyone to do.
  3. Art Supports Your Emotional Intelligence: Art really supports the expression of feelings that maybe you can’t put into words. Art helps you discover joy in one’s self, and often you’ll be surprised. I personally know that in some cases situations and feelings are very hard to express in just words. There are usually such strong feelings behind a piece of artwork you may think is just something pretty. I am hoping to go to college for Art Therapy, which is a major where you learn how to help people express themselves through the power of art.
  4. Art Teaches Problem Solving: Art challenges our beliefs and encourages us to be open-minded. It helps us think, and realize that there is more than one answer to a problem. It forces us to really get creative and to use our crazy imagination.
  5. Art Is Eternal: Self-expression and creativity has always been essential to our humanity. Going back to beginning of time, our earliest expressions were recorded in petroglyphs, cave paintings, and ancient sculptures. Imagination has always been apart of our world, and we should value it.

I hope this was some cool information that you guys can read about, and hopefully will inspire you to start getting creative, thinking outside of the box, and start making art!

 

The Power Behind Mandalas.

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Mandalas are absolutely, one of the most beautiful art figures I have ever seen. Every single one is very unique, just like a snowflake! There’s several different sizes and designs, not to mention the line work is always so free and whimsical but yet, so complex. There’s so much that makes up a Mandala, especially the meaning.

Mandala means circle. In Buddhism and Hinduism, mandalas solely represent the whole universe and our very strong relation to it. For instance, they were and are still used as meditation tools, to help man be one with the universe.

Creating mandalas can be your own form of meditation too. Mandalas are so visually appealing that they are able to absorb your mind to the point where you’re at an absolute spiritual state so no negative thoughts can pass through. That’s the mandala’s power! They’re supposed to hypnotize you to bring you to a higher consciousness. This allows your mind to feel lighter, more calm and free.

What’s another awesome fact about mandalas? Any color you want to use to create one adds several different meanings to your mandala!

  • red – strength, high energy and passion
  • orange – creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition 
  • yellow – learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness
  • green – physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring
  • blue – emotional healding, inner peace and meditation
  • purple – all things spiritual 
  • pink – love, intuition and femininity 
  • white – spiritual focus 
  • black – mystery, deep thinking and individuality 

Hopefully this can help you get started on creating your own

Meditation at its finest.

No matter where you’re from, every aspect of nature will always be intertwined with your soul. It’s what keeps us calm and at peace with our surroundings, relationships and most importantly, with ourselves. It helps us regain our internal battery, refreshes our lungs, and most importantly, reminds us of the true beauty of life and its’ deepest crevices. We can’t live without the strength of nature’s spirit and that’s why meditation is so vital to us. It helps to connect us with the earth on a far more boundless level than most would even imagine. Meditation has become tremendously more popular in the past few years, for reasons we all obviously understand. Our society loves to consume us with absolutely anything that will cause us to think we’re less than enough. We’re an anxiety ridden, antidepressant driven, stress-induced, lovely world. Although we can’t change the negativity that surrounds us, we can look beyond it all and alter our whole outlook and lifestyle if it means for a happier, healthier and better life.

Speaking of having a better life, ever heard of… vacation? Now I’m talking real vacation. Somewhere, physically, mentally and emotionally far away from the negative spectrum of your life, where relaxing actually, for once feels like second nature. Maybe somewhere like the Outer Banks of North Carolina?

Yeah, I think so.

I know this unique beach pretty well, too well. If you let it, it’ll grasp so tightly to your curiosity and invite you to wander through its’ nooks and crannies. It’ll beg you to explore, not only what the travel guides tell you to, but exactly what they don’t tell you. And please do. A vacation like this, is not just a memorable journey, but more often so, for self-discovery. We have several, very tranquil spots on this wonderful sandbar to help you with that.

And when you let yourself connect so deeply with the ocean, how I have done, you’ll be very happy you did. Simply let the breeze tickle your spirit, the salted tide kiss your feet and the pure air of the east coast cleanse your life.

 

 

Creative Family Time.

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I asked a long time customer to share with us her family vacation experience in the OBX while she was working on a glass project in the studio the other day and this is her story….

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I know from experience that a vacation can sometimes be as stressful as the real world you are so desperately trying to take a break from. You are faced with so many options of what to do and how to spend your time. Each family member has their own “bucket list” of activities they want to participate in and the pressure to schedule them into a one week vacation can be overwhelming. Throw the ever changing weather on the OBX into the mix and it can be truly maddening!  We see families like us all around the OBX just as discombobulated from choice overload as we are.

For the past 6 years we have made it a family ritual when we are in the OBX to make our first stop at OBX Art studio. Here we have a creative space that we can all be together while doing our individual art projects. We used to do a big family platter with hand prints on a beach scene background  to commemorate our annual OBX vacation but the kids are “over that” now and more  enjoy working on their own projects. The relaxing studio gives us the pause we need to discuss the options of how we want to spend our week and come up with a plan. The big reward is when we are leaving town and stop for a coffee for the road at the Front Porch and pick up our finished projects. Looking at each others pieces we all have fun admiring and sometimes laughing at our creations. This ritual always bring us closer as a family and lets us appreciate our individuality! As the year goes on our artwork serves as a touchstone of our families growth and quality time spent.

Adult Coloring Books.

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I went into my local art store last week to purchase a few colored pencils that I needed to replace worn down ones and maybe add a new color or two. I was shocked by the look on the shelves.  They looked as though they had been ransacked! Most colors were entirely sold out and the ones that were left were out of order and down to ones and twos of a color. I asked the sales person what had happened to their colored pencil section and she replied with an exasperated  tone “oh yeah, the adult coloring craze has us sold out of every  form of colored pencils, markers and pens”

I had to see what was behind it so I went over to my local book store and  spent over an hour trying to choose from among hundred of books with themes ranging from the fantastical to the mundane. Suddenly bookstores all over the country were taken over by this craze! I selected a book titled Bollywood that was filled with beautiful Indian patterns that I envisioned coloring in various hues of pink and orange. I sat down to color and immediately felt the familiar reduction in stress that accompanies the act of doing art. The repetitive action of filling in the blank spaced did indeed feel meditative and relaxing but there was something missing.

I began to realize that missing was the feeling that I was creating something.  When you create a piece of original, functional art you have the satisfaction of having something that you can use or display in your home.  My afternoon tea ritual is made that much more enjoyable by drinking my tea in a mug that I painted.  If adult coloring books introduce people to the meditative process of sitting down and tuning out the world to tune into art then they are a wonderful beginning. I encourage anyone who has enjoyed adult coloring to take the next step and try indulging on a creation of your own. Give it a try and you just might find it relaxing and satisfying  beyond your wildest dreams!

Engaging the Hands Opens the Mind.

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It would be boring and redundant to expound upon how much time people and increasingly kids spend on their electronic devices. I encounter it in my own personal life as well as my observations out in the world. I find it troubling and have struggled myself to find a way to disconnect from the constant pinging of some urgent matter streaming from my device.  I think this is especially hard for kids to manage as they don’t have the mental discipline needed to  “hit the pause button” and not be distracted.

I have found that the time kids are truly free from device interruption are while they are doing art.  The process of doing art is especially valuable because it engages the hands.  When the hands are engaged the mind is free to create, discuss and experiment. I’ve noticed when I draw or paint with kids they immediately get “in the zone” and with very little hesitation jump into the making mode. I rarely witness the typical adult hesitation about messing up or not doing it well enough. For kids just the act of doing art at all is good enough. The most difficult part of the experience is when you tell them its time to clean up and put the supplies away. It is especially rewarding and even intoxicating when kids are able to witness what they have created.  It fills them with all sorts of possibility. Possibility plants the seed of creation in a young mind. There is no app for that!

Art Unplugged