Here are some examples of paintings that truly portray a certain emotion.
These four paintings each portray different emotions. We understand these emotions through the choice of colors, the brushstrokes, and the picture being depicted. The four emotions being represented above are calmness, fear, sadness, and happiness. Can you figure out which picture represents which emotion?
Another thing that sets art therapy apart from psychotherapy is the effectiveness. Have you ever felt genuinely happy because you figured something out all by yourself? Without the help from others? That is the satisfaction that comes along with art therapy. The only help you need when taking part in art therapy is the help from a canvas, paint, and some paintbrushes. Everything else is up to you from what you plan to create, what colors or use, and how you choose to interpret your feelings and emotions from the completed art. Nothing feels better than figure something else out on your own. This satisfaction can only be received when participating in art therapy and not psychotherapy. This is just one reason that makes art therapy more effective, because everything is up to you. No body knows your emotions better than yourself. This is key in understand how art therapy can indeed be more effective than psychotherapy.
Practice is key in understanding one’s paintings accurately. In order to improve this skill here are some examples.
This first painting shows many signs of good and healthy emotions. The first things that are noticeable are the colors. The colors within this painting display the emotions of love, happiness, freshness, naturalness, and balance. These emotions are all positive. Aside from the colors, we can also see that this is a picture of positive emotions by the brushstrokes. All the brushstrokes are in a fluid motion, allowing the colors to blend without flaw.
This next picture depicts quite the opposite than the first. The colors in this picture display the emotions of sadness, mystery, evil,anger, and mysteriousness. These are not healthy emotions. This painting shows the negative aspects of life not only through the colors, but also through the brushstrokes. We can see that there are many harsh and lines that are not blended within this painting. The harsh brushstrokes allow us to see that the emotions within this picture are strong.
Through comparing and contrasting each of these paintings, we can get a better idea of how to read our own artwork. Although it takes practice, it is definitely worth it. This skill allows us to better understand our emotions.
In addition to interpreting colors in order to analyze art, interpreting brushstrokes is also an affective tool. Brushstrokes can tell a lot about a painting. There are many different types of brushstrokes that tell so much about the artist creating them. Some examples of these brushstrokes are fluid, jagged, harsh.
Fluid: Below is an example of a fluid brushstroke. A fluid brushstroke is a smooth movement that is unconstrained. These brushstrokes together make for a blended painting that exhibits the feeling of calmness.
Jagged: Below is an example of a jagged brushstroke. These strokes generally (however, not always) mean that there is something in ones life that is afflicting.
Harsh: Below is an example of a harsh brush stroke. These strokes tend to represent something prominent in your life (whether good or bad.)