Sakaal Times: Learning to draw and paint has helped me rediscover myself, says city-based medical practitioner Anant Dixit. Professionals like him are increasingly looking at painting as a stress buster, calling it an attempt to free themselves from “binding logics of the professional life.”
Acclaimed painter Milind Mulick, known for his landscapes says, “Around 80 per cent of the students attending the painting session come to pursue it as a hobby. Some of them even join in search of a hobby. A large chunk of these students are professionals searching for something more than just painting. A relief from their strains.”
Mulick adds, “Learning techniques of different genres of painting has given these students a tool in their hand to effectively draw on paper what is in their minds. That gives a great sense of satisfaction.”
Rajesh Bawkar, a city-based chartered accountant says, “After getting busy into the profession, I was searching for something, which takes me away from my work and relieve me from stress.”
Sanjeev Pawar of Art2Day Gallery says, “We have art lovers from all age groups coming to us. Professionals from all walks of life too.” The outdoor painting sessions organised for these students are proving to be a great opportunity for them to get a break, get energised and join back work.
Vilas Kulkarni, an artist and a trainer explains, “The group activity of learning to paint must be helping these professionals a lot. Over a period of time there is a visible change in some of their temperaments.”
Sanjeev Joshi, an architect by profession has a different way of looking at painting, “It was of course was a stress reliever. What I do for my work is nothing but drawing, but it is what my clients want and this is what I wish to do.”
Mulick says, “When one draws and paints, the right part of one’s brain gets activated as it takes care of the image analysis and pattern recognition. This effectively subdues the left side which takes care for logical analyses and comparisons, and relieves one from stress.” The right part of brain is involved in handling novel situations and left one handles well rehearsed scenarios.