Since I started talking more and being more visible online, people interested in what I do have asked me some interesting questions:
What is arting? I do not try to define it, even, anymore. I probably tend to think about it as a process of art making for (more) fun, connection (with oneself and others) and discoveries (often unexpected).
In my arting I use tools and techniques of mainly visual arts and also art therapy.
What is arting good for? Well, it may seem almost decadent (good) to art away on a busy day. The benefits I have noticed on myself and people whom I have been arting with have been the following (oftentimes hardly quantifiable):
more joy and juice in the everyday
feeling more energy
going crazy/sane (this was me, both times)
experiencing bouts of self-love
connecting with people and myself
feeling “sparked up”
making real virtual friends
sharing the difficult and the good
more smiles on
new insights (into the human condition…I am only kidding…but they say so)
willingness to mess about and experiment
having the courage to just have a go
having way more fun in the day
When I look at these, not baad for a piece of art, or 20 minutes a day of arting.
All the above are things that have to do more with ourselves rather than with the art techniques and media (though you may learn a few useful bits and bobs about your favourite ones too as a by-product).
Do feel free to join us. And bring a friend along :-).
Oh…and as to the more obvious benefits: you might end up painting that painting you have always dreamt about, write that book, start singing in the choir…or have an exhibition. I did (have one, wait, two)…and in the process of writing and illustrating a book on arting :-).