Op-ed: Art is a relaxing hobby


Marina Gonzalez

Here is a painting of a purple flower that only took two days to make because the flower had to be sketched first and then painted. Pinterest provided inspiration because it was where the picture of the flower was found.

Marina Gonzalez, News Editor

Art comes in many different forms and has been a great way for people to be creative and express themselves.
I was introduced to art by my grandmother, who used to be an art teacher and taught me how to do a painting when I was 14 years old, and it has been a hobby I enjoy ever since.
Whenever I draw or paint at home, I feel a sense of relaxation, creativity, and drive to try to do more drawings and paintings of different objects. Art has been a great hobby for me because it has given me something to do in my free time, besides watching TV.
Art can be a form of therapy because it can act as a form of self-care, it helps you tap into a state of flow, and helps you take your mind off of things, according to the Very Well Mind website.
Whether sculpting, drawing, or painting, art can be a great thing to do, especially when being quarantined at home during COVID-19.
People, who like to do art as a hobby may have trouble trying to find time to do art because they could be living busy lives. If you are doing work and feel like you need to take a break, you can grab a sketchbook and do some quick drawing to relax your mind before getting back to work.
Not only is art relaxing and occupying, but it can also be helpful to people dealing with mental health problems.
According to the Road to Recovery website, art can improve the mental health of people who have depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and more. It also mentions how art can help with self-discovery, self-esteem, emotional relief, and stress relief.
Whenever people are dealing with these kinds of problems, they can use art as a way to express their feelings or emotions if they cannot explain it in words. That’s why it can be a good kind of therapy for people.
When I make art, I like to be creative and try new things. Watching drawing tutorials on YouTube is helpful. With painting, I like to use different colors and mix the paint together to create a new color, so I can see what it looks like when it goes on the canvas.
Art can be a fun thing to learn and try if someone is interested in it. Whether you take art classes or learn from watching online demonstrations or tutorials, it can be a fun hobby to incorporate into your daily lives.