I’ve had this mantra rolling around in my mind for a while now but couldn’t quite determine what it meant to me, or possibly others. Paint Positive. How can I (we) transform negative thinking into something meaningful through art?
It doesn’t mean you have to paint something beautiful or positive, but it suggests having an outlet where you work until you no longer feel all that bubbling negativity (which sometimes feels out of control). How can we maneuver the uncontrollable? Sometimes those negative feelings are hard to steer and manipulate into something productive. That being said, the simple act of dipping a brush in paint and pushing it around on a canvas or piece of paper, layering colours and textures, is so calming that it feels surreal. It transports me momentarily from a place of anxiety and grief to a euphoric destination, and I didn’t even have to leave my room (that's the best part!). I know that working out has the same effect, but sometimes we are just incapable of moving (literally or figuratively), so what then?
It sounds crazy, but then when others inform me that they’ve been inspired to take up painting and feel their own version of euphoria, then my nonsensical painting explorations are infused with more meaning and the paint positive mantra expands. And suddenly I feel less crazy for isolating myself in a room full of paint tubes.
Painting to help more than just yourself, that’s what it’s all about.