It’s clear that many people utilise art as a means of therapy, meditation, and relaxation. We ourselves here at WB have spoken previously of the impact art has on our mental health. For me personally, it’s my ultimate method of decompressing at the end of the day, and missing this outlet frequently has only ever resulted in negative impacts on my day to day functionality.
Recently however, I began to make note of something else, which is that it’s not necessarily just the art itself that’s impactful, but the colour I’m utilising. I’m currently in the middle of what I’m calling my ‘yellow period’, which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to some of Picasso’s bodies of works. Now, this wasn’t some long thought-of decision; it’s happening simply because I ended up with more yellow oil paint than I intended (long story).
All this yellow, combined with search for Turner’s technique to achieving luminosity (he doesn’t have one, is the conclusion I’m coming to! Oh his poor art restorers…), have impacted me in some pretty delightful ways. Painting yellow is fun, even beyond the feeling achieved by simply painting.
So, when you’re next feeling down, don’t just paint. Paint bright! Paint yellow.