“the world that the artists are really awesome!”
Artists are awesome! Artists create beautiful works of art = Artists share their art with others = People feel better after viewing art = Artists are Awesome! We can look at the facts though, and by the end of this blog post we're confident we can convince even more of the world that the artists are really awesome!
1. Artists are smart
If you don’t have billions in cash sitting around right now and you still want a stronger brain, We have an alternate solution for you. Plus, it’s worth pointing out that our solution won’t cause you to grow an extra ear on your forehead (probably not a real side effect, but you never know).
Ready for the secret? Really. It’s that simple.
Paint, dance, sing, sculpt, or do whatever catches your attention, because doing creative things is proven to strengthen the “brain’s attention system, which in turn can improve cognition more generally.” (1) Recent studies have also shown that creating art encourages new connections to form between brain cells. That’s great news for artists because brain connections are responsible for higher levels of intelligence. (2) To put it simply, being an artist makes you a smarter person.
2. Artists are happy
This one might be a little surprising at first considering the image many people conjure up of the brooding artist. But it turns out not all artists wear black, sit by themselves, and hiss when people walk by; and only a select few end up cutting off an ear. In fact, generally artists tend to be a pretty happy bunch of people!
So, are artists actually happier?
According to the experts they are! They have found that “engagement with artistic activities… can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states…” (4) Yep, it turns out artists really do tend to be happier people.
3. Artists are less stressed
Did you know that over 100 million people die of stress every single year? That means that every 2 seconds 7 more people die as a direct result of stress, and that number hasn’t been declining in recent years. (5)
It may seem less surprising after looking at the common effects of stress according to the Mayo Clinic: Headache, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, stomach upset, sleep problems, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation to focus, feeling overwhelmed, irritability or anger, sadness or depression, overeating or undereating, angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use, social withdrawal, and exercising less often. (6)
Whew… Are you feeling stressed about stress now?
Well you can relax, because the act of making art actually lowers stress levels. A 2016 study showed that simply creating art lowered stress. In the study “participants provided saliva samples to assess cortisol levels before and after 45 minutes of art making… Results indicate that art making resulted in statistically significant lowering of cortisol levels (the stress hormone).” (7)
You know what that means right?
If you don’t want headaches, an upset stomach, or death (ya, that’s intense) you should be an artist, or at least spend a minimum of 45 minutes each day being creative.
4. Artists are confident
Remember back to that self-esteem boost you got when you came home from kindergarten and saw your drawing hanging on the fridge. It turns out art was, and continues to be, a critical component in a child’s development. It’s been shown to instill pride, develop real-life skills, raise test scores, and increase their feeling of belonging and attachment to a community. (8)
No matter what age you are or what stage of development you’re in creating art encourages the release of serotonin (one of the most importatnt feel-good chemicals in your body), and sharing your art with others amplifies the effect even more. High levels of serotonin are also linked with increased feelings of worthiness and a sense of belonging. And to increase serotonin levels in your body all you need to do is “challenge yourself regularly and pursue things that reinforce a sense of purpose, meaning and accomplishment.” (9) So, if you want to be a more confident person it’s worth trying to paint more, and then make sure you share your work with others.
5. Artists are needed
Any form of creation can be considered art we also wouldn’t have the iPod from Steve Jobs, the light bulb from Thomas Edison, alternating current from Nikola Tesla, or cinema from the Lumiere brothers. Remember that for when some random guy at the grocery store tells you art isn’t ‘a real job’.
Study after study have shown that artists see the world differently. And we don’t just mean that they see the world through a different perspective, thought that’s also true, but artists actually see and experience life differently. Creating art can alter your brain chemistry and change how you process information. (10)
Which is why artists are needed more now than ever. We need people to see problems from different angles and to create solutions never before thought of, we need artists to spread beauty by creating art that only they can create. Sure, the world has seen a rose painted thousands of times already, but has it seen YOU paint the rose yet?
But what if you’ve already painted a rose? Chances are you’ve learned and grown since yesterday’s rose, which makes today’s even more important for you to paint! The world needs more beauty in it, which means the world needs you! So ask yourself, what can you create today to make the world a more beautiful place tomorrow?
12. https://www.masteroilpainting.com/blog/ 13. https://theabundantartist.com/blog/page/10/
Pamela Reis, is a born Artist and a Graphic Designer, expert free hand painter for 12years. Believes that creativity knows no limits and loves using various stuff such as pyrography, brushes, digital illustration, etc. to showcase her creativity. Her hand painted artwork won The Gnarly Magazine Tank Art Contest #2019. Along with art, she is passionate for music as well, combination of art and music together, formed - The Papeel, where her creativity expresses freedom as she works with combination of various techniques to get the best for you.