As we are spending more and more time indoors, we're sharing a series of articles about creativity in isolation to demonstrate how important the arts are to maintaining good mental wellbeing. We spoke to Beth Louella who is a Fine Artist and has recently taking part in an exciting creative project bringing together Health and the Arts.
I am Beth Louella, a local artist and illustrator. I am offering free colouring downloads from some of my Honest Joy ink drawings. I am taking part in Art Heals 30 in 30 (#artheals30in30) which involves posting a painting of mine every day of April on my social media creating a digital exhibition. I have just got involved with Portraits for NHS Heroes (#portraitsfornhsheroes) which involves creating a portrait of a NHS hero for free, they are gifted the painting. I’ve taken on four NHS heroes, two in the Isle of Man, one in England and one in Wales. I will be posting progress pictures and final outcomes to my social media creating an ongoing digital exhibition.
Viewing and participating in art has many benefits. Through the Honest Joy colouring sheets people of all ages can relax as they colour and focus on imagery with positive messages. The Art Heals 30 in 30 digital exhibition is full of inspiring, vibrant paintings which are uplifting.
Each post tells the story behind the painting which can help viewers to engage more and explore ideas if they wish. The Portraits for NHS Heroes is important because it is bringing joy to and showing great appreciation for NHS heroes who are sacrificing so much at this time.
The art created will benefit many through digital exhibition and possible physical exhibitions in the future.
The arts are important for well-being and good mental health, they are a tool for expression which is often a great benefit for viewers, participants and creators. The current situation means a lot more recreational time for many and more time at home, the arts are becoming increasingly accessible in a home environment. The challenges to well-being and mental health currently and opportunities to access the arts means they play a very important role at the moment.
Focusing on the positives that can be found and being creative in different ways. Alongside my usual painting and drawing I have been experimenting with different materials, upcycling furniture projects and getting creative in nature.
Enjoy creative activities – they can take many forms and there is no ‘wrong’! For creating and participating, enjoy the process and don’t worry about the final outcome. For viewing and engaging, the arts are for everyone - enjoy the resources available and see how you respond.
Colouring downloads available through Beth's website shop: