Art can be a relaxing past time, a hobby, or your way of making a living. No matter what role art plays in your life, creating art teaches us to problem solve. Looking at a piece of art and seeing that it doesn't quite work or quite speak to you means stepping back and looking at what is working well, what is ok and what isn't working.
When I was in a corporate role, we often as a management team would sit down and analyse the business based on what's working, what's not, what can we do to improve it. As artists we do the same. We look at our artwork in the same way as a businessperson would look at their operations.
Art teaches us to observe, analyse and work through a specific problem to overcome what is not working. Do we add some texture, shape, tone, or colour? Do we make this come forward, back, paint over it, leave it. What will make this piece speak to the viewer?
This process carries over into every area of our lives. These skills are transferable and valuable to our growth, increasing our capacity for thinking in new and diverse ways. We determine what we need to do to ensure a better and different outcome for a specific problem.
The benefits of taking time out for creativity are endless. Keep creating!
Lee Cummins is a mixed media artist, workshop and art class facilitator.