Emotional Intelligence in Art

This Guest Post is by Vivian Lewis, owner of the My Picqasso Art Bar in Old Town Spring just north of Houston. Vivian talks of the relationship and benefits art has on our emotional intelligence and sense of well-being. Whether you’re a novice or advanced, if you paint with Vivian, you’ll see her EQ skills of coaching and mentoring in action. She’s amazing at building the bonds people need to relax into the fun and wonder of being creative with paint.

The  EQ Benefits of Art Are for Anyone!

Making art is truly an effective way to stimulate your EQ level and everyone can do it. Internalizing the many benefits of fun art, creating in a social environment, and why it’s so helpful for emotional health.

You will learn about the two important emotional & brain benefits of making  art in this article:

Self-regulation and Motivation

 “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

First, let’s look at the myths that are out there about art:

Some think you have to be creating masterpieces to be considered a “real” artist.  There are others who believe that you are either born with the creative gene, or not!  Most are afraid that since they can’t even draw a stick figure, it’s pointless and so they believe there’s no benefit in doing it.

Actually, we are all born creatives and with an innate desire to be emotionally whole.  Making art is simply an activity that is a means to that end.

Here are some of the fun ways creative expression can benefit your brain and emotional health to help develop your mature emotional intelligence skills.

Emotional Growth and Self-regulation: Making Art Opens You Up to New Ideas & Perspectives:

 Have you ever noticed how artists pour out their emotions through the process of painting?

Emotional Intelligence in ArtCheck out this famous abstract art by Norwegian Expressionist artist, Edvard Munch. Munch , described his inspiration for the image as walking along a path and he felt tired and ill.  As the sun was setting and clouds turned blood red , he sensed a scream passing through nature and he painted the picture expressing those emotions. The painting became “The Scream”

This practice of pouring out emotions, through the process of painting, encourages a look at the current emotional state and take stock of unrealized emotions. Fascinating!  Letting go of negative emotions through painting promotes healing through abstract emotional expression. Take for example, one of my best friends, Norma. Her husband passed away at a young age. She took up fun art painting to relieve her emotional pains and to help get herself back into society, instead of being isolated .

EQ and Art

Studies have shown that people who paint experience an increase in their emotional intelligence level. Your emotions will naturally come out when you’re painting, which in turn, helps you realize which factors contribute to your varying moods.  There was a novice artist who came in and painted a dream catcher with My Picqasso.  She did not like her dream catcher because she thought the catcher was oversized.  I asked if she had changes going on in her life. She explained that she had just recently married, purchased a home and was going to start a family.  Of course, it dawned on her why her catcher was oversized. She had painted the catcher to catch her fears of all the changes. Lovely!

When you try experimenting with different painting forms, it helps you understand trigger points – such as happiness, fears, love, or anger.

Motivation – Go from Grumpy to Happy: Creating Art Encourages an Optimistic Outlook

An important aspect of emotional health is creating a space where you can relax and be in a safe environment. My Picqasso offers this type of creative space to create, self-reflect and also to connect in a real way with others. A safe place to explore your own creativity.  A play space where you experience painting for the fun of it!

Taking time to explore the reward of growing and expanding painting skills creates a feeling of accomplishment.  A fun way to motivate yourself for an achievement. You walk away with a completed piece of art and a positive attitude.

Lastly, creating a visually appealing artwork, that others admire, produces a sense of pride inside oneself. A sense of happiness in their “Picqasso”

There are many more emotional and brain benefits of creating art. Given that I have outlined two important beneficial attributes to this fun and creative habit, it is clear that making art builds strong emotional intelligence in individuals of any age!


My Picqasso in Old Town Spring

My Picqasso is all about helping individuals & entrepreneurs tap into their greatness, power and beauty through art painting.   My Picqasso is a mobile art painting studio, with a brick and mortar location in Old Town Spring.  My Picqasso will travel to venues and bring creative play into individuals’ lives.  They’re in the Paint and Sip industry. 

My Picqasso website, www.mypicqasso.com, shows the fun in art painting and their calendar, www.mkt.com/calendar is where you can sign-up to book your seat or schedule an event.

They are a social bunch at My Picqasso. Find them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/Picqasso or on Instagram, www.instagram.com/MyPicqasso