Pencils and Peace: Building a Drawing Habit for Mental Wellness with Samantha Barnes

by Volta
Pencils and Peace: Building a Drawing Habit for Mental Wellness with Samantha Barnes

Join the “Calm and Creative Podcast” with host Volta and artist Samantha Barnes for an inspiring conversation on nurturing your creativity. Discover the power of a morning drawing practice, overcoming self-doubt, and embracing the joy of creating. Get ready to unlock your creative potential and find resilience on your artistic journey.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Morning Drawing Practice:
    • Samantha shares her morning drawing practice as a way to start the day.
  2. Materials and Accessibility:
    • Samantha emphasizes that you can start drawing with basic materials like a pen, pencil, or any available tools.
    • You don’t need expensive supplies; even the back of an envelope and a Biro can work.
  3. Overcoming Negative Self-Talk:
    • Many people believe they can’t draw, but Samantha encourages everyone to give it a try.
  4. Constraints and Creativity:
    • Setting constraints or time limits on your drawings can help overcome perfectionism and self-criticism.
  5. Embrace Failure and Resilience:
    • Samantha compares artists to weebles, toys that wobble but don’t fall down.
    • Failure is part of the artistic journey, and artists must keep sowing seeds of ideas and projects to find success.
  6. Be Kind to Yourself:
    • Treat yourself as you would a dear friend when assessing your work.
    • Negative self-talk is counterproductive and often stems from fear.
  7. The Joy of Creating:
    • The act of creating art is where the real joy lies.
    • Losing yourself in the process, accompanied by music or spoken word, is a form of mindfulness and meditation.
  8. Digital Detox:
    • Turning off notifications on your phone can help reduce distractions and enhance your focus on creative activities.
    • Don’t let constant digital interruptions disrupt your creative flow.
  9. Stay Consistent:
    • Samantha shares her advice on building a creative habit.

Connect with Samantha Barnes:

Instagram @samanthabarnespaints

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