"Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness" ~ Anni Albers
The hardship that the Corona Virus has on you, your family, friends and our community is not like anything we have seen before. We all have to process these uncertain times in our own way. We each have the responsibility to be conscious in our decision-making and our responses. We also have to understand we each process things differently and have compassion for one another.
Since most of us are on self-quarantine, I am challenging you to be creative. After you are tired of binge-watching television shows and movies and playing computer games, you can do something creative. Doing something creative takes you to place where you can lose track of time and gives your mind a rest from your worries.
If you already like to do something creative, then do it. I started painting in my 30’s with a cheap set of Crayola watercolors - search your home for any art supplies you may have, all you need is a pencil. You can draw or doodle, quilt, knit, play music, dance, sing or whatever brings you happiness.
If you say “I’m not an artist” or “I can’t draw a stick figure” then be creative with photography. Most of you have a cell phone that has a great camera. If the weather is nice, go outside and take pictures. The sun can give you healing energy and change your mindset too.
If you can’t go outside, then scroll through the thousands of pictures you already have on your camera roll and use the photo editing on your cell phone to enhance them and make them artistic. If you don’t know how to use the editing features on your phone then perform a Google search and you will find lots of free tutorials and YouTube videos on how to use the tools.
My favorite editing app for both iPhone and Android is Snapseed and it is FREE. The app itself has tutorials – simply click on the three dots and there is a link to tutorials to teach you how to use many of the tools to enhance your photography. And there are lots of great tutorials and YouTube videos on the Internet if you perform another Google search. I have posted some of the images I created in Snapseed on this blog post.
I challenge you to engage the right side of your brain and share your creativity with the rest of us, so we can see and hear something fun from you during these challenging times.
Stay safe and healthy and be creative and share your creativity with the rest of us!
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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