Hello fellow bloggers. My name is Michael Patterson and I am a visual artist. You might also call me a creative artist. I like to write, sing, and play the piano as well. My friend Greg and I write poetry and music together.
All of this is a recent creative blooming. A night and day change in terms of my confidence and feeling of happiness. The arts have literally healed me. Imagine feeling earthbound, as if you are stuck in a mud-pit. For years and years. Then one morning you wake up and all of a sudden you find yourself flying in mid-air. Completely free. Liberated. Empowered. That is the feeling I have now that I am connected to the arts.
This change has many layers to it. Sort of like the various pitches and colors of a speaking voice. Actually when I was younger I had a speech impediment. It was so confining to me, as a young person. But now I am finding that I have a clear and strong voice, through communication in the arts. I am coming out of my shell. No fear. Just freedom to express my emotions.
In terms of art, my favorite thing to do is this: to paint: through a method that I actually co-created and co-invented. It is called ArtDance. It involves painting with the fingers. When I am immersed in ArtDance I can actually feel an emotional shift inside of me.
I would encourage any person of any age to try out ArtDance. And to get involved in the arts! It is my hope that my artwork, which I will post this week, will be noticed by more and more people; especially young people; so that they can understand that there is healing and positive energy that comes from doing painting–especially while using your fingers!