From the time we are young, we are encouraged to play with shapes and colors, a process that helps us grow cognitively and physically. So why don’t we continue this creative process as adults?
Art is not a thing; it
is a way. (Elbert Hubbard)
A powerful Zen symbol of balance and energy is the Enso (Zen circle), represented by a single brushstroke. This philosophy mirrors the need for creativity in our own lives, where even the simplest forms of expression can strike a balance against hectic daily routines.
Everything you can
imagine is real. (Pablo Picasso)
All art is about creative expansion. By challenging yourself on paper or canvas, you can grow in observation and understanding of your surroundings, enabling you to begin seeing creative solutions in other aspects of life.
Art is not what you
see, but what you make others see. (Edgar Degas)
Art also helps us connect with others – can you remember showing off your earliest masterpieces to friends and siblings? This human connection never fades; especially as adults, artistic exploration helps us communicate in ways that surpass mere words and languages.
The painter has the
Universe in his mind and hands. (Leonardo da Vinci)
Playing with color and shape is a process that draws us away from the outer world and helps us rediscover inner direction and intention. Unlike passive activities we could choose (internet, television, social media), making art gives us a small piece of the universe to shape into what we want it to be.
It is never too late (or early) to get creative. Now go grab a brush and get started.