While the art world is out there trying to make radical wild statements to shock the viewer, not all art is turning in that direction. Some works are not to shock or over-stimulate but to help heal a person in a very troubled world. Stress seems to erupt from all sides, national, local and personal. For a lot of people, there does not seem to be a place to retreat from it all, a resting place, a place to gather thoughts and feelings without a physical or mental outburst.
There are some people we have known who had great responsibilities in very, very troubled times. A man named Winston Churchill could break away sometimes for painting and release a lot of tension even when World War II was raging all around him. Another person during the same time period was General Dwight Eisenhower who led the Allies to victory in Europe and later became President of these United States. He also found rest and relaxation doing his paintings. These are two very notable examples of individuals finding a respite from world and family stresses behind a canvas with a paint brush in their hands.
Painting often can take you out of your present situation and can use a lot of concentrative power while your subconscious is working on other things. It may be you just need a rest from your business or a family situation. The healing power of painting landscapes is free. In fact it is one of the least costly diversions you can become involved with. The physical and psychological benefits far outweigh the effort and the rewards are very pleasurable even in years to come.
Art is often used as part of the healing process and is often used by cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers to help them divert their attention away from their present situation and into a very absorbing diversion and it helps. Many with emotional problems find art and landscape painting a great outlet for relieving their stress. Just being outside in the open air doing something relaxing helps most people to be able to reset their mood and their view on life itself. There is definitely a spiritual factor when one starts painting outdoors. It refreshes the mind, body and soul.
Right now, you can visit a small part of an artist’s world and see how he interprets it. The landscapes are from his external place and some erupt from his internal world, both types are part of a learning and healing process. His world is revealed in over 50 paintings which are on display now at the Gallery on High, 5 E. High St., in London. Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays; 5-8 p.m. on Fridays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. If a special time is requested call (740) 852-4906.
Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at (740) 852-4906 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.