May 12, 2023
On the weekend of 6-8 May 2023 there was a quite a bit going on in the UK! Something about a Coronation, I believe... 🤣 Did you do something celebratory with your bank holiday weekend? Or just enjoy some time to relax?
I had the amazing opportunity to sing with my choir at the Windsor Big Lunch Concert on the Long Walk (the beautiful park which leads up to Windsor Castle). Singing in the choir is always a wonderful experience being a part of a group of people who share the same love for music and singing as I do.
But that day, I have to admit that there was an extra special buzz in the air. The streets of Windsor were bustling with happy people. The sun shone brightly on the Long Walk, where many a picnic was set-up. And approximately 300 members of Rock Choir, including me, added to the vibrant atmosphere by singing a mix of contemporary and 'golden oldie' hits. The crowd was fantastic, really engaged, singing along and having fun.
I know that the experience of singing in a choir, and music in general, has a hugely positive impact on well-being. It takes me to a place of natural joy and elation, which I can share with others. That sense of community and collaboration is so enriching. And so powerful.
So I started thinking about how this also applies to art?
Similar to a choir, where each unique voice contributes to the harmony of the whole song, each stroke of the paintbrush and each mark is integral to the finished artwork. The importance of mixing and blending in just the right way. And the impact and emotion that comes when combining individual elements creates something greater than the sum of its parts.
Like music, art also has the power to enhance lives with its ability to communicate ideas and emotions in a way that is universal and timeless. Art can speak to people from all walks of life, transcending language barriers and cultural differences. It can help people to connect with one another and to feel a sense of empathy and understanding.
Art can, of course, also transform physical spaces. It can turn a bland wall into a vibrant mural. Or a sterile room into a cosy and inviting space. By adding colour, texture, and visual interest, art changes the way people experience their surroundings. Creating a sense of place, identity, and community.
Furthermore, it has been proven that art can have a profound and positive impact on individual health. Studies have shown that exposure to art can improve mental health, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase feelings of well-being. Art can provide a sense of purpose, meaning, and fulfilment, both for the artist and for those who view and appreciate their work. This then becomes a rewarding experience of sharing, engagement and connection.
The importance of art in our lives is a testament to its transformative power. Whether it's a painting hanging on your wall at home, or a large-scale installation in a public space, art has the ability to enrich our world and make it a better place.
Through my own landscape paintings and abstract art, I strive to create pieces that evoke emotions, take you on a visual journey, tell you a story, and inspire you. My desire is that my art will bring you joy and a sense of connection.
How do art and music improve your life? Please do reply with a comment, and let me know...
Jayne Leighton Herd
Artist & Designer
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Jayne Leighton Herd is a fine artist & designer based in Berkshire in the UK. She produces beautifully colourful contemporary statement abstract, landscape and seascape art.
A professional artist for over 17 years, she undertakes commissions for bespoke art for both individual and commercial clients.
Jayne also blogs for Claude & Leighton, which she owns and runs with her husband Laurent, selling her open and limited edition fine art prints.
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