How to Relax and Create Art

One of the best ways to relax and take away some stress is to paint (assuming you are an artist), forgot everything else going on and just get down to business. This is especially important if you are creative as you need to exercise those juices every now and then in order to keep yourself sane. Painting outdoors could be considered a form of sport in a way as you are out in the fresh air, enjoying nature and exercising your arms and legs as you paint and move around. If you are standing while painting then that increases the amount of calories you can burn off giving you a nice workout session as well as some outdoor time.

One way I have found to further enhance this experience is to pour yourself a decent glass of wine to help you relax and enjoy your painting time. If it is served chilled and has the added benefit of providing refreshment then you know that you will end up with a better picture. Some artists I know even suggest having a “few” glasses to ensure they totally relax as well as loosen up a bit to end up with a better results. I must admit I tried this and the results were less than impressive! Either way, having one or two really does help and a relaxed painter often ends up with a better painting!

Eating a balanced diet is equally as important as the mind needs vitamins and nutrients to function optimally. Painting at any sort of professional level requires a lot of mental focus and this becomes harder the unhealthier you are. Working out can really help get the blood pumping and sitting down to paint after a good workout often produces surprising results. This really goes for most things in life when it comes to performance and success, the healthier the mind the easier it becomes! Improving your mental ability and focus should be a prime concern for all aspiring artists.

This is where my blog becomes interesting, playing a sport can do wonders for the mind and my personal favorite happens to be golf. I find I do my best work after a round of 18 holes and although I am often tired I also feel alive. For some reason the endorphin created during sports can make such a difference with my creativity and if you haven’t ever tried this then I challenge you to do so. Perhaps your sport of choice might just be running or playing tennis, it really doesn’t matter – the point is to get out there and do it! Check out this article to read more about the improvement you can achieve through exercise. Often choosing art for a living can lead to depressive behavior as you might find yourself spending a lot of time on your own while you paint. This can lead to strange behavior, mood swings and even full blown depression in some people. Exercise is a great way to combat this and ensures your body and mind stay healthy and at peak performance. If you tend to be lazy then perhaps 2014 is the time to make some serious lifestyle changes!

As with any profession it is really important to strike a balance between work, life and health and often you may find yourself working long hours to get things done. Although this often cannot be avoided it is really important that you try and make an effort to balance these things. Often, long hours lead to burn out and mistakes in work which ends up being a waste of time anyway. Work and the balance cannot be understated and you will find yourself happier, more productive and in a better place. Your family will also appreciate you spending more time on these things which may just lead to a much happier home life as well.

 

 

Golf is a Sport?

Most people I know do not consider golf to be a sport in the traditional sense as it is slow and does not really help you get your heart rate going! I guess they are correct most of the time but the one major advantage of playing golf is the mental improvement you will achieve if you make any progress. Golf is around 80% mental and is a wonderful game for growing your mental ability as those who lose focus or are easily distracted will have a much harder time playing the game. Most golf courses are around 4 miles long so you will get some exercise and fresh air in the form of a brisk walk! If you decide to play golf then try to avoid using a cart as this really defeats the object!

Building your mental focus is important for many different things you will attempt in life and as an artist it is important to keep your mind sharp. You can read up here on some mental game tips to help with your game. As mentioned in the above post a player like Tiger Woods is the greatest example of mental focus, you can see it every time he is out on the course. He calls it “being in the zone” in his own words! The best example of this is when he makes a mistake, instead of getting cross and distracted like many amateurs he forgets about it and moves on to the next challenge.

Playing a decent game of golf can be time consuming and if you struggle for time then it is recommended to get yourself a golf simulator for swing practice which allows you work on your game while you are at home. This cuts down on the time you need and often provides a welcome rest from working in your art studio! These gadgets are simply amazing these days in the practice you can get as well as the graphics realness. You can check them out through the link above.

Although Golf may not be the sport for you it is certainly worth thinking about as it not only helps keep the body healthy but helps to make the mind stronger. All artists should realize how important that it is to keep the ideas and creativity flowing otherwise you might just find yourself becoming stagnant.

One thing to note, Golf is not an easy sport to learn and if you want to play a decent game then you will have to put in a fair amount of effort – don’t be like many people who loose interest when they find it hard. Stick with it and when you break through you will find a real sense of achievement.

 

 

Sport, Health and Art Rolled into One!

This blog has an unlikely subject matter but I feel that sport and art can come together to produce some amazing things. Health fits in as it is required in both, you can’t really be any good at sport if you are not healthy and art comes from a healthy mind, body and spirit. This can be further proven by the solid fact that most sports people are healthy and artistic in the sense that unhealthy people do not normally make it as professional sportsmen.

Thoughts on Sport

These days being any good at sport is an art form, lets take Tiger Woods for example, he is the best golfer in the world and not many would argue that his golf swing represents art. It is strong, well executed and he is able to repeat it time and time again. Most good sportsman have healthy bodies and minds that allow them to excel and build a consistency in their game. Catching Tigers back-swing on camera is always an amazing site as it just screams of raw power.

Wrestling also comes to mind as the participants are all perfectly toned and super fit. Overweight and unhealthy wrestlers are to be found in China though, I am sure you have seen the pictures of those fat men with massive breasts! Different cultures look for different things but in the western world we strive for perfect bodies through diet and intense exercise. In fact, we are so addicted to viewing the perfect human body that we have lost site of anything but perfection.

The Olympics also comes to mind as a another example of perfection with participants from all over the world who strive for perfection. These competitors all look perfect in their bodies, mind and mental determination. Going for gold is what it is all about. Many of the younger entrants have spend most of the young lives training for the moment they compete, often professional athletes started when they were 4 or 5!

 

Health Should be Your Most Important Focus

Keeping your body health should be the most important factor for all of us, especially if we want to live long and healthy lives. Time is often our enemy as we eat many bad and processed foods due too time constraints. Sitting in the kitchen after a stressful workday is nobody’s idea of fun. It is much easier to slam a pizza in the oven and that’s that! It is important to try and change habits and start to worry about the foods you are eating, Food is like art in the way it needs thought into its creation. Many foods are so full of harmful chemicals it is like playing Russian roulette with your life. Often these problems will only come back to harm you later on in life. Just as you worry about your physique you should also worry about what you eat. Working out is also vitally important to avoid many problems like heart attacks and strokes and it can be quite simple if you set up a schedule. A quick workout here and there is all that is needed to keep the body and the mind healthy.

Many artist I know spend their time working on their art and ignore the simple basics of healthy mind equals better productivity. No matter how important you think your art is you must make time to look after your mind and soul. You will see the difference in your work and let me tell you – it is well worth it!

Where does Art Fit in?

So you may be wondering how all this fits together and how these topics come together. In order to be an artist you have to have a healthy mind as well and that often comes from feeling good about yourself. It is hard to feel good about yourself if you are unhealthy, overweight and live a bad lifestyle. The best art comes from the sharpest of minds and that can only be accomplished through the topics mentioned above. I often look at a healthy professional athlete and view their body and attitude as an art form. It really does take everything you have to fit into this category and ongoing hard work.

This short video talks about some simple ideas in the world of sport and art.

The ideas presented here will become clearer over the coming weeks as I blog about how all these things should be molded into one in the name of modern art. Although this is a difficult topic and many people will not be able to follow along I think those that understand the concept will enjoy this blog.