Why Art? The Art of Therapy and Friendship

Drawn by @Jackalopejess over the excitement over root beer floats.

Drawn by @Jackalopejess over the excitement over root beer floats.

Some people don’t think highly of people that make art. All to often making art is the last thing that will make you money. Yet, for people that create, the art is often therapy or a form of friendship fully unto it’s own. Being in Hawaii it seems easy to throw out the tag of Aloha, as it is an act of love and giving. So I want to share a few of my favourites so come inside and keep reading.

Drawn by Em F. as a virtual Get Well.

Drawn by Em F. as a virtual Get Well.

Sometimes you get a cold and you feel like you are just going to die. An artist feels empathy at a deep level. It is hard not to care — and when you care you go into action. Often, because we are so very far away the act of creating is all that we have.

Drawn by @Peppermint_paw as a Thank You.

Drawn by @Peppermint_paw as a Thank You.

Sometimes you share a moment with a friend.. You are going through a moment and they are going through their own moment. When you get through it together art is the perfect celebration. You can look back at the wild ride and laugh at how hard it was.. or how easy it was, actually.

Sharing a love of ramen by @Reinderps

Sharing a love of ramen by @Reinderps

Other times you hear your friend going off about how much they love something, like ramen noodles, and you get pulled into action. Why? Why not! Art is about love and sharing.

In the end art means more than it is ever given credit for. How can you ever really thank someone for giving of their talent? Next time you get a doodle or a sketch, a poem or a haiku, a scarf or other hand made thing.. just stop and think how much it really means. It means a heck of a lot more than some mass produced greeting card. It really does.

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