Relaxing Art should be Mandatory in All Institutions!

Graceful By Graceful, 15th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/16df8xfh/
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Have you ever noticed what's on the wall in your doctor's waiting room? Does it make you relax, or is it disturbing?

Art in Waiting Rooms

When you visit someone at the hospital or go to your dentist’s or doctor’s appointment do you ever notice what’s on their walls? Is it beautiful art that you can escape into or is it a collection of human body charts? Are the walls adorned by the doctor’s list of hourly fees?

Most of the waiting rooms I have visited have ugly abstracts, often brown or grey ink splatters that are disturbing rather than decorative. If they actually have something pretty on the walls it’s usually from IKEA, and you soon get bored as you have seen it many places before.

Art with Positive Energy is Therapy

I believe art in hospitals and institutions as well as in waiting rooms should be relaxing or cheerful and energizing. Something with positive energy! Most of us are a little nervous in such settings and would appreciate a chance to escape for a moment. Art lets us do just that.

Art as therapy is a great way of getting information from a patient about his or her personality and experiences, but I’m not so sure that mental institutions should hang art made by the patients on the walls. Although the act of painting has a positive effect on the patient himself, the result may not always work that way as art on the wall for other admitted patients to see. It can actually be perceived as very disturbing, especially if the colors and other elements in the image are of a stressful character. One patient’s hallucinations painted on canvas might not be good medicine for other psychiatric patients.

The Effect of Relaxing Art

Blue and green tones are proved to be calming, and images of water are most likely to be appreciated. Someone told me that patients in a mental institution destroyed all the images on the walls except those of water. In a nursing home the sound of running water kept the residents from trying to escape. Imagine how a combination of the sound of water along with images of water would work!

Buy Art from the Living Artists!

In my opinion calming and relaxing art should be mandatory in all hospitals, institutions and waiting rooms as well as in prisons. And I’m sure the employees would appreciate and benefit from some energizing art in their own areas. Beautiful art should be available to everyone, and it doesn’t have to cost millions. Buy from the living artists! The dead ones don’t need the money!

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Art, Art Photography, Artist, Artistic Needs, Artists, Arts, Artwork, Hospital, Hospital Care, Hospitals, Institutions, Mental, Mental Disorder, Mental Health, Mental Healthy, Mental Illness, Mental Peace, Mental Therapy, Mental Wellness, Mentally, Mentally Ill, Prison, Prisoner, Prisoners, Prisons

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author avatar Graceful
I am a photographer hoping my art will give the viewer a moment of escape. I will write about art and also add some photo challenges as well as everyday stories and travels.

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
15th Jan 2014 (#)

Your Grace...
The evolution of the art in your mind, heart & soul is coming out and combining in your new medium "words" with benefits for everyone!
Carry on....
Thank you!
And I agree on all points.
Only the best,
Dan

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author avatar Graceful
15th Jan 2014 (#)

I'm not a writer, so your generous words are truly appreciated! Thank you, Dan!

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
15th Jan 2014 (#)

Ahhh Your Grace, Your Grace, Your Grace,
Correction: "You weren't a writer!!!"
I am only communicating with you through the written word. You are now published on a global publication hub.
You may not have done this in the past, but today you do!
Your knowledge and craft has expanded incredibly since that first picture! There was eventually one frame, one picture..that struck a chord deep in your heart, where you knew it was your passion and you became a photographer!
Little did you know....it actually started with the first picture you ever took!
And so is your heart as an artist!
You will find pleasure in various mediums over your life!
Know....You are already an artist...and so will you be in ALL you explore!
Let go, enjoy and be you!
Only the best,
Dan

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
15th Jan 2014 (#)

Your Grace,
Cut the crap!
Its writers like you that create that special spark, at the right time, for the right people, when they need and/or appreciate it!!
Stop thinking you feel like you are things and BE what you are!!! One more is now a writer!
Enjoy it, be
filled by it and please...pass it on!
(The cut the crap part was in no way meant to be disrespectful!)
Only the best,
Dan

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author avatar Graceful
15th Jan 2014 (#)

Ok, ok, Dan! :-)

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author avatar Bave Brando
15th Jun 2015 (#)

I think that you're blessed, and gifted. I too enjoy art...in fact, I use to draw...I do have some art on my posts.. Thank you kindly for sharing your wonderful art...God bless you my friend...

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