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Brushing Stress Away

Color Therapy to Calm Your Mind

What about painting and me? Well, I am not a very good painter, but I do love to paint! =)
I love every aspect of it: the smell of paint, the mixing of colors to create new ones, and all those brushes of different dimensions.
But most of all, I enjoy getting lost in creating something out of just instinct and inspiration. Painting is my little secret to escape from reality and the stress of daily life.

I don’t paint often nor regularly. In fact, I’d say it’s a rather special occasion when I do, yet it strikes me how it channels my energy and the energy around me.
Painting for me is never planned out. I simply happen to stumble upon color and paper and play with them, without any specific objective in mind. I just pick the colors that speak to me at that very moment and create something. Most of the time the result of my art is an abstract and very minimalistic composition where the most important part is expressed through my current state of mind done by the use of colors and shapes.

You see, colors especially play an important role in my ‘art’ activity, each one having its own personality trait, just like people. Yellow is for energy and creativity, green is for growth and freshness, pink is for tenderness and harmony, blue is for imagination and freedom, red is for love and willpower… I could continue for hours as I really like all of them for different reasons and moments of the day.

As you might remember, black has been my favorite color for quite some time but lately, I have noticed that I tend to use a much wider spectrum of shades. The funny part is that I haven’t always liked colors that much, not until well after my teenage years, during which I specifically remember that I hated pink and orange (what!?)
BTW, there is an entire science behind the meaning of colors, and it’s called chromo-therapy. It’s the art of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Color is simply light of varying wavelengths, which means that each color has its own particular wavelength and energy and therefore it has an influence on us

Playing with colors and different textures is a great tool for calming the mind. It works very well when I am in the middle of intensely stressful periods or after a never-ending day at work. My ‘art attack’ moments can happen any time of the day, in any place that feels tranquil. My preferred outfit? Anything that I can get chunky gunk’s of paint on, so anything not in the—too fancy category, works.

Brushing Stress Away
Paulina Vega – Color Therapy to Calm Your Mind. Photo credits: Andres Espinosa.

I find the whole process of painting to be liberating, relaxing, empowering and a lot of fun. Each hue invites more experimentation, discovery and play time.

I am the most talentless person when it comes to painting, but the point here is not to create a masterpiece, but rather to let go.

If you haven’t ever tried it, I highly suggest that you do. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to start, all you just need a piece of paper, or even some cardboard, a brush and some acrylic or tempera paint. Find a place that feels serene, maybe put some music on to accompany you and then just let your creativity go wild!

Now, are you ready to share some of your masterpieces? =)

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