Creativity: the key to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being

“It is my belief that the creative process in all its many forms is the key to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being”  The first time I drew from a life model was in 1962 when I was sixteen years old.     Once I became comfortable with figure/life drawing it quickly became one of my great joys….the place where I learned to see. Twenty minute watercolour from Boathouse Studio1397165_10152080311495396_774838983_o Throughout my career, wherever I have travelled or lived I have always tried to connect with a model or life group. When I moved to Crickhowell, Wales (The Magical Town of Crickadoon) in 1993, unable to connect with a model or life group, I started my own.    At that time the vicar of St. Edmund’s Church, which sits in the middle of Crickhowell was an artist, and backed the idea wholeheartedly.     I rented the parish hall once a week….hence the name of the series of paintings.   Nudes in the Parish Hall.  Rapid watercolours painted in Hay-on-Wye, Brecknockshire, Wales.     Another excellent group P1160978 I find that when I am drawing or painting a life model all feelings of stress and anxiety are removed.   It is a like a long meditation.    Good for body and mind.  Often when working in large unheated studios I would start the day feeling cold and uncomfortable.    However, as I entered into the zone of creative focus, all physical discomfort would disappear.    During these long painting sessions, (especially when working on huge murals), I felt no physical discomfort.    It was only when I stopped working and returned to the real world – that I would feel utterly exhausted and yet satisfied. Twenty minute post – Boathouse Studio. – watercolour P1160924 It was Picasso who said that artist’s spend much of their working time removed from their body – which in turn removes all the stresses and anxieties that come with day to day living – something I completely agree with. Rapid watercolours – Kingston upon Thames studio.  P1070127 I would recommend that anyone with an interest, whether abject beginner or more seasoned artist join a life drawing group.      In today’s world where so many have been desensitised and are plugged in 24/7 to some form of technology, it is a wonderful way to re-focus, and at the same time release stress and anxiety.  I love red hair….and so this model in a Richmond upon Thames studio had great appeal.  Rapid watercolour/gouache P1100780 A Bientôt

31 thoughts on “Creativity: the key to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being

  1. Suzanne

    Your paintings are stunning and your account of the creative life inspiring. Your suggestion to join a life drawing class fits in with my current creative urge. I have been thinking of doing just that. Your post fires my motivation.thankyou

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much….I do hope you find a good group and am sure you will thoroughly enjoy the experience….it will open up all sorts of things for you. have a lovely day…Janet:)

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  2. olganm

    Beautiful sketches and it must be a great experience to be so absorbed in whatever you do. It can happen sometimes reading or writing, but I guess you might miss the immediacy and the physicality of painting. A truly inspiring post.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you, Olga…and yes it is one of the great joys of painting….this moving out of body into a zone where there is no time or logic….and becoming one with the subject being painted. Hope you have a creative day…janet.:)

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  3. Jet Eliot

    Your nude watercolors here are stunning, Janet. I like the story about the nudes in the parish hall, and appreciate your long devotion to art, and the necessity for releasing stress. I really enjoyed all of your paintings here, and my favorite is the third one for the unique posture, and intimacy and ease.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment….it is much appreciated. The Nudes in the Parish Hall, series equated to a very special moment in time, one I will never forget….have a lovely day…janet.

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  4. Ngobesing Romanus

    You give us a very inspiring post here. You words carry such passion for what you do that it cannot fail to touch the heart of any reader. i heartily congratulate and encourage you to shine on.

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  5. Mary

    Wonderful advice Janet – I couldn’t agree more. The creative process has taken to places I never thought possible – caught up in the moment, never realizing how tired I am until I step away (focus totally intense). Incredible paintings of the life drawing models – your loose and vibrant colors are mesmerizing.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I remember reading your posts about the very energetic painting you made of the ocean….and how you had completely been lost in the moment. Once this is experienced – never forgotten. Thank you. Janet

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  6. snowbird

    You are a total one off! Only you could pull off Nudes in the Parish Hall! And so beautifully too! I loved them all, especially the colours and mood in the last one!xxx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      You can imagine, Crickhowell being one of those places where everyone knows everyone else’s’ business. often before they do…..that Nudes in the Parish Hall must have caused quite a stir:)
      There are things in life we just have to do…and that was one of them. The life sessions went on for about three or maybe four years….and leave me with some very happy memories. Thanks Dina. xxx

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