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Remember how proud you felt when you presented your mother with the lopsided ashtray you made in kindergarten? It’s time to recapture that feeling, and Hawaii Fluid Art is here to help.

Rediscover the Joy of Creating Art

Pablo Picasso said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

The only difference between artists and everyone else is that artists never lost their innate desire to create. Or, if they lost it, they were able to find it again. The good news is that regardless of when you lost your desire to create, you can reclaim it at any time, at any age. It’s yours for the taking. All you have to do is reach out and grab it.

Why Art is So Important to Our Lives

We see art everywhere we go, so it’s sometimes easy to forget how important it is to our world and why we should never stop being creative. Art matters because it is:

  • Natural human behavior. Humans have been creating since the beginning of time, whether it was using berries for paint or wood for carving. If you don’t believe creativity is a natural human behavior, just watch how a child’s face lights up when you hand them a crayon and paper. Engaging in art as a hobby is a great way to keep that passion burning as you grow up.
  • A language. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and it’s true that art can often express feelings that words cannot. It is an international language that can inspire anyone from anywhere in the world.
  • A way to tell stories. In a previous blog, I wrote about how the graffiti-covered cars at the Cadillac Ranch tell the stories of historic events dating back to the mid-1970’s. Historic art such as this gives us insight and different perspectives about our society and cultures.
  • Therapeutic. Creative activities are a great way to calm yourself and decrease your stress levels. Art is even used by certified professionals to help people deal with mental illness, traumatic brain injuries and emotional challenges.
  • Emotionally powerful. Do you remember the 1971 Coke commercial featuring people of all nationalities on a hilltop singing “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”? Art, including viral movies and songs such as that one, have the ability to create awareness and inspire people to do great things.
  • Happiness inducing. Creating art makes people happy. Artists never lose touch with the feeling they had in childhood when their mother gave them a set of arts and crafts supplies and they spent the entire day doing what they love most.
  • Vital to human development. Creativity helps children develop motor skills, eye-hand coordination and has a major impact on their social and emotional growth. By enhancing cognitive development, art can also have a positive effect on math skills and other related subjects.
  • A way to make drab places look amazing. When a city or property owner commissions an artist to put their artwork on an area seen by millions, they can transform the most unpleasant-looking places into awe-inspiring tourist attractions.
  • Good for the economy. Artists are an integral part of a local economy. They use the money they make from their hard work to invest in art supplies, visit surrounding restaurants and events, and otherwise support small businesses in their communities. At Hawaii Fluid Art, we know the importance of encouraging local artists, and we feature their works for sale in our studios.

Why Fluid Art is for Everyone

Everyone is an artist in their own way, whether they are a writer, painter, sculptor or musician. Even if your job seems mundane to you, I bet you use your creativity to solve problems every day without even realizing it.

The best thing about fluid art is that, with a little supervision, even a two-year old can create a masterpiece. All you have to do is layer your favorite paint colors into a cup, pour them onto a canvas covered with our “secret sauce” base, then tilt the canvas until you achieve the look you want. Every piece is as unique as the artist who created it.

Empowering Your Inner Artist

Don’t worry about anyone else’s idea of “good” art. At Hawaii Fluid Art, we think all of our students’ creations are more than good– they’re great! From the moment you walk into one of our studios, you will feel loved, supported, important, empowered, and capable--just like you did when you created that ashtray in kindergarten.

Hawaii Fluid Art’s mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one painting at a time.