Olga is my name, and I’m 35 years old and an artist. Nature is my main source of inspiration. My homelessness is due to this. As a result of my inability to make a decision, I chose the entire globe. But when I’m on the road, I meet fantastic new people and appreciate every sunrise. And so I just keep moving forward with my life. Changing emotions and impressions inspire me to create new works of art. This magnificent world in which we are so lucky is reflected in all of them. After I’ve shown you my heart and my soul, it’s time for me to go. Prepare yourself for my next trip, where you’ll see my new paintings on display!
Relaxation and stress reduction through nature-inspired art – When you think about Earth Day, you think of ways to celebrate the planet’s biodiversity, from planting a tree to volunteering to take a pleasant walk. There is nothing better than waking up to the warmth of the sun on your face and seeing others carrying reused or repurposed gifts.
For as long as we can trace our history as a species, artists have turned to the natural world as a source of inspiration.
You can draw in caves for thousands of years, paint en Plein air (aka, outdoors), and use nature as a subject. The natural world has been used as subject matter by artists for as long as we can remember, from cavemen to Parisians. It’s no secret that many of our most cherished and well-known artists were enamored with the natural world. “Vincent van Gogh considered nature and art as inseparably intertwined,” says the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. There are even institutions, such as the Nature in Art Museum in the United Kingdom, devoted exclusively to nature-inspired art. Nature-inspired art is a popular design and decoration trend this year. However, why? What is it about flowers, waves, and mountains that make them such memorable subjects?
When you were a youngster, you probably spent some time sketching animals and plants that you noticed outside. Creating that art taught you the names and shapes of animals, insects, and plants. It also made you feel more connected to the natural world.
Our inner artists, as well as feelings of content, may be linked to nature-inspired art.
When you were younger, you also spent more time outside – and typically playing – which made you feel better and more alive. Your vitamin D levels were substantially higher, and your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) were lower due to being in nature.
Therefore, it makes sense that nature-inspired art is associated with our inner artists and sentiments of contentment. Isn’t it wonderful when you look at a picture of yourself with your best buddy or from a memorable family vacation? A work of art based on learning and feeling pleased as youngsters have the same effect.
Both nature and art share certain similarities in the way we think. Look for dynamic patterns, colors, characteristics of light, and textures. Just as we notice the peaks and textures found in mixed-media artwork, we also see the soft, fuzzy feeling of a leaf. Our subconscious recognizes patterns and shapes in nature when we witness nature-inspired art. We’re reminded that there’s more to life than tile floors and fluorescent lighting when we see a painting or an image of the Grand Canyon, just as we are when we’re standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon “IRL.”
A painter at work Images of Tropical Environments. A painting of palm trees might remind you that there’s more to life than your nine-to-five.
It’s not only that reminiscing about our youth can make us smile; there’s evidence that looking at nature in artwork can relieve pain. That’s right, you read it correctly. Experiencing nature through sight or sound, according to 2003 research, can help reduce discomfort in the body. Scientists have found that patients who were shown images and sounds of nature were more likely to tolerate medical procedures with minor discomfort than those who were not. As for the mind, if experiencing art can decrease physical suffering, you can bet that it will also do so.
As we celebrate Earth Day this year, let’s also think about how we might maintain that connection throughout the year. Nature’s power is apparent, whether indoors or out, and art can serve as a magnificent conduit to keep us connected to our natural world.