"I remember better when I paint"
Art workshops, Los Angeles and the jogging of memory
I recently was watching a documentary about an Alzheimer’s patient who regained her connection to life through painting. The move is called: “I Remember Better When I Paint”, directed by Erica Ellena and Berna Huebner. In this groundbreaking documentary it shows how the creative arts can enhance the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s. Creative activities such as drawing and painting can reawaken a sense of reengagement among those with severe memory impairment.
Of course this doesn’t surprise me. I continue to believe that our imagination remains intact forever and no matter what challenges we face, art has the ability to bypass our limitations and allow us to access our emotional experience in a way that language sometimes cannot.
In all of my mixed media art workshops in Los Angeles, I encourage participants to get out of left brain thinking by doing certain exercises such as meditating before painting; blind contour drawing; intuitive painting; soul collage and various mixed media techniques that allow us to sink into a different subconscious state.
I am inspired daily by the people who attend my mixed media classes and workshops in Los Angeles without ever having tried to create or paint before, or who have had a long break from painting. (Please READ my previous blog: “Creativity, mid life and getting back to your art after a long break”)