I’ve always looked at art as a form of therapy for me. I don’t get to paint and sketch as much as I’d like to. But anytime I’m feeling super low, I’ve used art to life my spirits. This has been a rough time for all of us. I feel incredibly lucky overall but my heart still aches for others. I was especially down last week upon hearing a family member I love is sick. I spent part of the day crying, part of the day talking to my friends and family and part of the day vegging out in front of the TV. But I didn’t feel better until 8pm when I decided to take out my sketchbook that hasn’t seen daylight since last spring’s trip to Paris.
As I mentioned during the first days of self-isolation, I’ve decided to make each day of quarantine a theme. I’ve been sharing my Quarantine Theme of the Day daily on Insta Stories. My art theme has been my most mood-changing theme yet.
When I sat down to sketch, I wasn’t sure what I would actually sketch. I usually prefer painting over charcoal. But I only paint on my balcony and it’s been a little chilly in LA. Plus, as I mentioned, it was nighttime when I decided to get back to my art class days. Then I remembered a photo my friend Krystal posted last month. When I saw it, it reminded me of a painting hanging in a Parisian museum. So I found her photo on Instagram and used her as my muse.
Thirty minutes later, I felt so much better. I sent her the photo of my drawing and she loved it, which in turn, lifted my mood even more. I brought my sketchbook and pencils with me to San Diego and continued to sketch. I’ve included some of my favorites below.
Another way to unleash your creativity is to recreate your favorite painting. There is a challenge going around on Instagram where people are recreating their fave artwork and posting them with the hashtags #betweenartandquarantine and #tussenkunstenquarataine. To celebrate World Art Day, my mom and I decided to do our own with the dogs.
Even if you don’t feel like you have an artistic side, doing something creative can work wonders for this dark time we’re living in. Play some music. Dance. Color in a color book. The options are endless. And we could also use a little more beauty in the world right now.
Museums are also going virtual. You can spend a day with Picasso, Van Gogh or Rembrandt. Good Housekeeping published a list of museums offering online tours. Whatever you decide to do, I hope a little creativity elevates your mood!
I hope you enjoyed celebrating World Art Day with me!