Art as a source of pleasure
Man is a social being. The history of mankind shows that people have always wanted to share their thoughts and feelings with other beings. Painting is one of the most ancient forms of art known to man. The forms of art have changed over many millennia, but it still remains the most popular means of communication.
There are various forms of art in every corner of the globe: on documents, dishes (glass, china), clothes, etc. Even wall art – graffiti, is considered as such, since it is also intended to convey thoughts and feelings. However, the picture – the most popular of the known forms of art. It is believed that it was invented in Afghanistan, and later, in the Renaissance, spread among artists. During this period, artists depicted on the canvas struggle, emotional distress and secret desires.
Over the centuries, the “picture” changed its form, at this period it is the well-known “modern picture” —the work of art that we see hanging on the wall of a house, in an office, in a favorite restaurant, and by itself in an art gallery.
Studies have shown that painting gives the same pleasure as falling in love. The project was led by Professor Samir Zeki, who works at the Department of Neuroaesthetics at University College London. He claims that they were guided by the desire to find out what feelings a person feels when looking at a beautiful picture.
“There is a connection between the artist and the viewer, thanks to which the latter can sense part of the pleasure derived from painting and the joy of the creative process. Only color can become such a bond. But there is something that only another person can see and feel. Something very important. It `s Magic.
The experiment involved several dozen people selected at random, with basic knowledge in the field of art. Thus, the participants were able to take an unbiased view of the paintings, without experiencing personal sympathy for the artists.
“We found out that regardless of whether you look at a landscape, a still life, an abstraction, or a portrait, there is a strong activity in that part of the brain that is responsible for the enjoyment,” says Professor Samir Zeki.
During the experiment, people were in the scanner (MRI), every 10 seconds they were shown a series of pictures. After that, pressure was measured in one of the parts of the brain.
The reaction was instantaneous. It turns out that the pressure rises, in accordance with how much the person likes the picture.
According to the study, admiring the beautiful picture, the pressure rises just as when you look at your beloved / loved one.
Thus, art stimulates the part of the brain that is responsible for pleasure.
Previous studies have shown that painting can reduce pain and speed recovery.
Thus, scientists have obtained scientific evidence that, thanks to art, people feel better.
Fortunately, painting is able to give pleasure not only to the audience.
Only an artist can understand what a pleasure it is to draw. No need to interact with the outside world, there is only you and nature. The feeling of happiness comes already, when you just sit down at the easel. As soon as you take a pencil or a brush in your hand, a shiver runs over your body from the anticipation of the forthcoming communication with nature. Any experiences do not violate the creative process: it is not necessary to refute the absurd arguments, to fight with the enemies, to strain. No pretense, igtrig, attempts to make black from white or vice versa. With the naivety of a child and the devotion of a true enthusiast, you give yourself up to more significant strength – Nature … with joy exploring her condition and delightedly acquainting yourself with its uniqueness. The mind is calm and at the same time full of energy. Hands and eyes are absorbed in work. Making a general outline of the future picture, you, every moment, learn something new, experiment, learn, develop. In an inconspicuous plant or stump, you find true beauty, and with genuine pleasure you lash out at work. Captured with enthusiasm, as if by accident, make small mistakes, so that later with a light stroke or quick touch to correct them. Time passes unnoticed, without a drop of fatigue or regret, and you would not want to spend it otherwise.