Letter of Rec: Painting

Angela Martinez, Writer

Painting has been known as a way that people express themselves or show who they are. It’s a way of speaking without actually having to say any words. A painting can have so many messages for each individual.

Teachers always seem to ask, “What does this picture tell you?” It’s strange how one simple thing can bring meaning into your mind.

People use painting as a stress reliever. I know that I do. There are times where I catch myself feeling upset or overwhelmed, and It makes me have the urge to get my feelings out without having to speak to anyone. I find myself getting out a piece of paper to draw on or I tend to paint something that has meaning to me or is saying what I am feeling during that time.

During times that we are going through in this year of 2020, you see more art and painting than before. Many carry strong messages that people will eventually look back and see what we were going through. Being stuck inside, we tend to have so much time on our hands that we have found ways to carry messages to those we can’t see or meet. 

In a New York Times article by Charu Suri, she said “When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where the power is.” And at times like this, it’s the only thing we can do.

I recommend painting or any type of art to people. Painting has helped me mentally and emotionally. Who would’ve thought that something so simple and effortless can bring so much meaning into someone’s life and make you feel things?