Art is Healing Challenge by @NaturalMedicine

in NaturalMedicine •  4 months ago 

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When I first saw this Art is Healing Challenge I knew I would be participating because I am involved with some type of art form everyday. For details on this challenge please visit the link.

So first let’s talk about what ART is. Here are two definitions provided from the Oxford dictionary:

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

2. the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

I am one that appreciates art for it’s beauty and emotional power.

Now let’s look at the definition of HEALING, again there are two provided by the Oxford dictionary:

1. the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.

2. tending to heal; therapeutic.

I think many can attest to art being like therapy.

There are two main art forms that I love and I do each of them for several reasons. I will first talk about Crocheting...

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my first amigurumi project


I learned how to crochet back in 2011/2012. Originally I wanted to learn how to make my own scarves and hats to save money but it ended up turning into so much more.

Our firstborn was one at the time and I can remember having some first time mommy anxieties. While my husband was at work my daughter and I were figuring out how this mother/daughter thing worked. She was trying to communicate with me at the same time see how much she could get away with while I was learning all about baby moods and emotions. We were both an emotional roller coaster and I had to find ways to deal with them.

Crocheting helped ease some of those anxieties and I began using it as a stress reliever. It was physically, emotionally and mentally satisfying me.

When I manipulate the yarn fibers, maneuvering them in specific directions...

something special happens. I achieve a beautiful end result that was made by my hands...

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which gives me a sense of relief and achievement!

This therapeutic craft allows me to take time away from my busy world and gather my thoughts. Most of my ideas for Steemit posts comes to mind while I’m crocheting.

I believe it has helped me the most during pregnancy when I was dealing with emotional stress and coping through pains. I am so glad I fell in love with this form of art that helps relieve my tensions as well as making me feel productive and capable.

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Next up Photography...

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Back in 2016 my husband and I made plans to purchase a professional camera in order to take our own family photos. The last time we had a family session the photos turned out beautifully but left our pockets unpretty. We knew we could save money by investing in a camera and taking our own photos. In 2017 he received an entry level camera for his birthday and the magic began.

You may have noticed at the end of my posts I conclude with,

All photos are my own and were taken with our Cannon EOS Rebel T6.

The key word there is our. Even though I feel the camera is really mine because I use it wayyyyyyy more than my husband, he did get it as a gift so I gotta give him a shoutout :D

We took ourselves through YouTube academy watching several videos on how to use our camera along with tips and tricks on getting the best photo. I had no idea how much I would love doing photography. Once I got the hang of it my his camera and I became inseparable.

When I take a photograph and it’s raw form looks like this...

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and I give it more life by adding color, brightness and sharpness to get this...

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it’s emotionally gratifying!

If I’m editing photos and my kids bust into the room, my husband tells them,

Your mother is in her happy place please don’t disturb her.

Sometimes when I’m in a bad mood I literally start snapping photos and editing them. It’s an uplifting experience and again it makes me feel accomplished and capable.

Taking a photo is just the beginning of the art process. I am always looking for unique artistic ways to make my photos stand out. The editing process just adds on to the beauty of it, giving you a crisp finish of what you captured.

Photography excites me and gets me in a creative mood. If I find myself in the slump zone, taking a few good shots would most likely bring me out of it. Knowing I’m able to take my own professional photos for my blog boosts my confidence and really makes me feel competent.

The therapeutic magic begins when I take a photo...

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and it excels after reaching an end result I am happy with...

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ART IS HEALING! Crocheting and photography have both been useful healing tools. These art forms have helped with my anxieties, stress, tension, restless mind and bad moods. I have fun when I’m doing both of these things and don’t consider either one as work but as a healthy hobby.

Thank you so much for this challenge @naturalmedicine and thank you everyone for reading!

All photos are my own and were taken with our Cannon EOS Rebel T6.

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You are a true creator! 'Your Mum is in her happy place' - that's so sweet. Art DOES bring us to our happy places, doesn't it? Can I ask what editing program you use? I just got a new 24 - 105 lens for my Sony, I love it. I'm not that great a photos yet, but I try!

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Thank you! 😄 Yes it truly does!

I currently edit from my iPhone using the apps: Lightroom and Photofix. I have been a little intimidated by the desktop applications but plan to give them a try soon. I believe you can get even better results that way!

I still have quite a bit to learn too but the more you practice the more tricks you gain! 😉

You have been featured in our weekly curation, thank you for a soft melodic read.
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Thank you so much! I feel honored to have been featured!! ☺️

Art is relaxing for me when I am working at my own pace. I used to take a digital photography class at The senior center, but it was taking too much of my time. I enjoyed the class however, because of the interaction with other photographers. We were able to share tips and tricks with each other using our different cameras. You take great photos in addition to being a wonderful crafter.

I totally agree about when it’s at your own pace. It’s not as relaxing when I have demands to meet or have to have an item done for a client. I’m very particular and a perfectionist so I tend to get stressed over trying to get everything just right.

I bet that was nice being able to share different tips and tricks with others. Learning from others is always fun and beneficial.

Thank you so much! I’m glad I found two outlets to help me cope with everyday stresses :)

I love photography too! Just recently I've started crocheting too! It's so relaxing! Art makes wonder for the soul

That’s awesome! Yes it is very relaxing and soothing! Whenever you feel the urge to share what you’re working on you can do so with the @needleworkmonday community!

Every Monday we get together to share our work, ideas, patterns and tips supporting one another as we aim to inspire the Steemit blockchain.

On Monday’s we use the #needleworkmonday tag and on all other days we use the #needlework tag without the word Monday attached. You don’t have to wait until your work is finished to share, we love seeing needle art come to life. We encourage our members to share the process of their work through photos. When you get the chance you can check out those tags ;)

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I hope to see your work sometime. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting :)

Crocheting ... I have seen some of your work on other posts... and it always makes me want to revisit that needle....
And your photography... that too I have seen some gorgeous pics <33

Awww thanks so much sweet friend! You know where to find us when you’re ready to pick up that needle! 😄

Than you so much for the positive feedback on my work ~ 💛

Art therapy! Your happy place :-). What I love is that I’ve never done crochet and I don’t own a camera but I can relate through music and storytelling.

Ah that’s great! I have definitely experienced some soothing and relaxation listening to music. Do you play an instrument?

I do the same with photos. I use them for a different reason: memory. Lyme disease ate mine and having photos allows me to "remember". But I do love editing them, and ending up with much nicer ones, like your tomato one.

I got a new camera recently and am still learning how to use it. Just a midline Kodak point and shoot...

Oh wow! That’s amazing that you are able to use photography in that way. It’s nice that you found a way to hold on to your memories.

I hope you have lots of fun shooting and editing with your new camera and making more memories :)

Thanks for stopping by ~

yes art is so relaxing and empowering, I totally understand what you mean. It is my writing and poetry that have really helped me deal with the stress in my life xxx