Why are artistic experiences so important?


^ The above illustration is by NYC artist Ping Zhu. Ping made this image for Nostalgics Studio in Hong Kong. She is one of my absolute favorite painter illustrators. Check her out on instagram

I thought a great way to explain why I started Paint Lemonade would be to write a manifesto. Here are 3 beliefs that stand behind every article on this site:

Belief #1: Creative activities improve quality of life.

Exposure and involvement in the arts can help children and adults become more confident and expressive. My mom once said to me: “In life there are a lot of things we do because it’s our duty. But when “duty” is taken care of, we need to reward ourselves with “beauty.” I agree with my mom, that creative play is a type of self-care, which doesn’t just strengthen us but also anyone else we may share it with.

“The link between creativity and better mental and physical health is well established by research. Creating helps make people happier, less anxious, more resilient and better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship.”

– Amanda Enayati from CNN’s “A Creative Life is a Healthy Life”

Have you ever watched a play,  heard a song, or seen a painting that sent chills down your spine or brought tears to your eyes? These are experiences which can inspire such optimism! Those colorful moments make the world a better place to be because they open our little mental boxes and show us something new.

Please check out Martin Molin from Wintergatan (with his amazing Marble Machine) on youtube and you’ll see exactly what I mean.


GIF source: Gizmodo

Belief #2: Anyone can learn to make something beautiful that didn’t exist before.

We’re all going to be pulled in a unique direction. Not everyone is going to make a crazy marble machine. While we’re on that subject, all these little moving parts were simple noise-makers that came together into something huge and wonderful. How unbelievably beautiful Wintergatan’s instrument grew to be! I imagine it started as something simple and messy, and over time became organized and streamlined. Creativity is a laboratory with as many tiny experiments as we’re willing to try. It is true that the more time you give to practicing creative skills, the better you’ll become at your craft. Just don’t forget that even the tiny creative experiences you seek and the small, consistent efforts you make to learn new skills are not wasted time. 


Check out this article from emptyeasel.com, which talks specifically about the misconception of people “born” with drawing talent.

Belief #3: Communities thrive when each person feels that they contribute something unique and valuable.

When people recognize validity in every voice and encourage each other in creative endeavors, surprisingly awesome ideas and solutions are shared. Honesty and communication flow more freely in creative environments. People’s hearts are softened when they can actually feel something from another point of view.


Left: “Big Star” by Lance Letscher / Right: (Title Unknown) by Beatrice Alemagna

Here are 10 ideas for injecting more creativity into your day-to-day life:

  1. Play the “question game” with family or friends. Take turns making up questions like, “If you could study about any topic for an entire year, and even travel to get a better knowledge of it, with no obstacles in the way, what would it be?” This game sort of forces people to use their imaginations and I always learn awesome things about my friends and family members.
  2. Always keep a pen and small notebook close by, and write down ideas as they come.
  3. Take a class in your community.
  4. When holidays come around, give “experience gifts” to your loved ones.
  5. Keep musical instruments in your house and don’t let them get dusty.
  6. Draw by yourself or with your kids.
  7. Read, experiment boldly in the kitchen, attend plays, go to concerts, or stroll through art gallery openings.
  8. Reflect on the books you read and interesting experiences you have in a journal.
  9. Collect inspiring material on pinterest or in print form, and respond to it in your favorite “making” form.
  10. Get in touch with your inner child and play imagination games with your kids. “Creativity, imagination, and innovation usually find us during moments of play. Take time off and find ways to recharge your creative and physical energy.” -Amanda Enayati




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