Art Therapy: Finding Peace in the World

Van Gogh said: ‘I dream my painting and I paint my dream.’ Pablo Picasso argued: ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’ and Claude Monet told us: ‘Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.’

Art Therapy has become a job: One can gain a diploma in it, earn a salary and follow a career path. As if that were necessary to those of us who already know: That art, whether it is writing, painting or music, is one of the only pure pursuits in this life. Not dependent on education, capital, or cicrumstance it as free as sunshine. Not only does it have the power to redeem the chaos of our own emotions, and help others in their pursuit of happiness.

Over the Summer I have been returning to my childhood passion for drawing and painting. In a world that is much too busy and productive to look at the beauty around them. This is my way of creating calmness and pursuing my own happiness.

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