16/02/2015 05:51 GMT | Updated 15/04/2015 06:59 BST

Is Everyone an Artist?

Opening an article with a titillating question is one of those writer tricks they teach you at college courses, however - I do have a genuine question. Why do we feel the need to have 'celebrities' in this day and age, and why do we have 'celebrity artists'? It seems to me that this excludes the fact and truth that EVERYONE is an artist. Everyone should make a point of expressing whatever lurks inside, our potential, in some artistic way. Why? I'll explain shortly: bear with me.

The definition of artist:

A person who creates paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.

creator, originator, designer, producer, fine artist;

old master;

literary begetter

The clue is in 'creator'. The mere act of creating, designing and putting something on paper is incredibly complex. You touch emotions, you practice fine motor skills, planning, imagination. Some amatuer artists produce incredibly accomplished pieces, but that's not the point really. Scribbles can and do have the same dignity and importance.

Art is deeply healing and helps with the person's emotional and spiritual development. A couple of examples, which refer to emotions: I have always like drawing and visual media (cinema, photography, all sort of artistic expression) but for many reasons I never seriously wanted to develop my artistic inclinations. This has all changed now and I make a point of putting the hours in - however, when I first started drawing on a regular basis this layer of sadness would come up, in contrast with bright and happy oil pastels images. I asked a friend who is too trying to develop her artistic abilities if emotions come up for her and she reported that what comes up for her is frustration. She can see the final picture in her head but she doesn't have the technique.

Artistic expression, I suspect, brings up subconscious emotional states, and this is a blessing. As a therapist, personally I find that the biggest obstacle to healing is when an emotional/mental state stays lurking in the subconscious, working from the shadow: it's when the person indeed becomes aware of how s/he feels that the disturbing truth can be recognised and healed. I am not saying it's an easy process: I am saying that the first step to solving a problem, is recognising that there IS a problem.

It often scary and unpleasant to delve into past memories and feelings of powerlessness, or to recognise that there is a 'dark' side, a shadow. A blank page is a place where anything can happen and where is total freedom, within its confines: actually this is not even true, as you could go well beyond the perimeter of the page but then you'll have to clean the wall - or not, if you like what you see and if you don't have a landlord.

Going back to my original point, I strongly believe EVERYONE should be encouraged to express one's feelings through artistic expression since childhood: rather than being a marginal subject art should actually constitute a very important part of the curriculum, used to create a space for freedom of expression and healing. I think a couple of hours a week of art therapy, with no pressure of marks and homework, would help students achieve a better balance. There is too much pressure to achieve, to be number one, to get grades: a space for healing would ease that pressure.

There, I've said it: now, back to my colours. I am feeling a bit indecisive this morning and I've been drawing cats of several colours. I know they are not real but they are absolutely beautiful and they put a smile on my face and in my heart, and I think that's exactly what I need at the w/end.

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