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Paint your stresses away

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

Do you ever feel that life is just getting busier and busier, trust us we get it! And we have both been there! November 2nd is Stress Awareness Day. Millions around the UK experience stress and it can be damaging to our health and well-being.

Whilst a small amount of stress can be useful, it can motivate you to take action and get tasks completed but too much stress can cause a negative effect. There are things you can do to manage stress and you may need to try a number of different things until you find what works for you. Painting works for us and here are some benefits of how painting can help manage your stress:

  • Painting helps take your mind off things – when you paint, you engage a different part of the brain, and you can get caught up in what you are creating forgetting what’s worrying you.

  • Painting is calming – did you know that painting is equivalent to meditation, so why not try an alternative way to meditation and get in the zone and stay zen.

  • Colours boost - we tend to start our paintings with the colour blue which is very calming. Colours like yellow, blue, green, purple and orange can be uplifting and change your mood in a positive way.

  • Unleash your creativity - immersing yourself in painting and engaging me in such a process makes you feel good, happy, and in control, boosting your mental health in the process.

We set up Thirsty Painter to encourage you to take some time out for yourself creatively and relax your mind, whilst also having fun.

So if you are looking for a creative way to destress and an alternative to afterword drinks why not join us next week Tuesday 8th November, 7 pm - 9 pm at ‘The Last Talisman - London Bridge’ where we will be providing step-by-step instructions to create the famous ‘Houses of Parliament Sunset’ painting by Claude Monet.

Who is Claude Monet

Claude Monet created works that reflected the magical nuances and subtleties he observed. Born in 1840 in the town of Le Havre in France’s Normandy region, Monet moved to Paris in 1859 where he enrolled at the Academie Suisse in 1860. His art played a key role in the development of the Impressionist movement in the 19th century, going against the grain of the French Academy his art continues to fascinate audiences around the world today. He created hundreds of water lily paintings in the final 30 years of his life, exploring the dreamy effects of flowers’ reflections in the water. You can lay your eyes on his artworks at Parisian institutions like Musée d’Orsay and the Musée Marmottan.

More about the House of Parliament painting

In February 1900, Monet painted a series of oil paintings of the Houses of Parliament, from the terrace of the Saint Thomas Hospital in London near the Westminister Bridge. The purpose of the paintings was to accurately depict the change in the look of a static object in relation to the drastic weather conditions and the Houses of Parliament served as a perfect backdrop, where you’ll find the darkened structure that changes in appearance, in fog or in sunlight.

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