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Can Art Change Our Brain?

February 01, 2019


We can travel farther than ever in to space, easily cure many diseases that we were victims of for centuries, we have learnt more about our bodies than it was even imaginable decades ago. However with all this mind blowing discoveries and technologies, there are still lots left to know and study about the most sophisticated system of all times – Our Brains. One thing I recently came across to was that we can have significant impact on our brain functions and as a result on our psychological resilience level by doing what I like to do the most: splashing paint, doodling, sketching and drawing. 

In an study published a while back in US National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health website, 28 male and female retired participants between the ages of 62 and 70 were divided randomly into two groups and were faced with art intervention for two hours long, once a week for 10 weeks. Keeping the age and other environmental factors flat, the difference between the two groups was only the type of art intervention they received. One group was involved in creating art such as drawing still lives, fast or blind drawing, painting and coloring, while the other group used thinking to analyze, interpret and evaluate art pieces such as paintings and sculptures.

The amazing result after analyzing post-intervention MRI scanning of their brain revealed that those involved in merely evaluating the art had no sign of improvement or change while the visual art group who were in the hands-on intervention group had significant improvement in a function of their brain that translated into higher psychological resilience  or the ability to successfully cope with a crisis and to return to pre-crisis status quickly.

Now, I’m thinking with anti-depressants as common as candies, mental disorders and Alzheimer’s spiking to the roof, maybe it’s time we start spending more time with our brushes and papers (oh, that sounds familiar?!). Let’s hope that we all can squeeze a few creative moments in our crazy busy days.

Cheers as always,

15 New Year's Resolution for Artists and Art Lovers

January 01, 2019

Happy New Year every one. 

Do you like to start your new year with a plan a vision of can be accomplished in the year ahead? a self-development plan that you can revisit during the year and measure your progress? yes, yes am talking about new year's resolution. Well, if you do and want to add a few artistic twist to your 2019's list maybe this 15 goals can help: 

10 Important life lessons to learn from art

December 29, 2018


Most of us pursue art at some point in our lives. As parents, we encourage our kids to create art, we give the gift of crayons and markers to our grand children, or might surprise our siblings with prepaid music lessons and the list goes on. But art is not only a fun past-time or hobby rather it can also be such a gentle guru that opens our eyes to many crucial life lessons. and here is 10 most important ones that I have learnt from it:

  1. Rome wasn't built in a day. You need to put the time and effort; some more, some less but there is no way around it. Don't wait for it to happen - make it happen.
  2. You have to take risks in life: step outside your comfort zone once in a while and life might amazes you.
  3. There is no such a thing as "perfect". Nothing is perfect. There is no one definition for perfection. Make your best effort and enjoy it.  
  4. Not everything comes easy; Challenge yourself to become better. Make today slightly better than yesterday. There could be a time in life that you have to shorten your horizon to the achievements you make in one day and the benefits will compound. 

Christmas - Santa Wish List Printable

November 14, 2018
It's mid November and that magical time of the year is just around the corner. Time for our kids to start thinking about their Christmas wish list and here is a printable to make it easier for Santa to read:

Pumpkin Watercolor and Ink Illustration

September 26, 2018
Fall has officially started here in Canada and I think it's the best timing for a pumpkin painting/illustration tutorial that will be extremely cute as a print or a card....or even on a mug!

Pumpkin Watercolor & Ink Illustration

Let's just jump right into it, shall we? 

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