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Moving Through Stuck Emotions With Art & Creative Expression Practices

Ariel Grace Snapp has always been a multi-passionate creative balancing service and the expressions of her soul. She’s a coach for creatives, a tech creative director, intuitive and MacroFloral photographer and host of the Creatively Free podcast.

Executive Contributor Ariel Grace Snapp

Emotions are an integral part of the human experience, often shaping our thoughts, actions, and perceptions of the world around us. However, there are times when our emotions can feel overwhelming, leaving us feeling stuck or trapped in a cycle of negativity. In such moments, finding healthy outlets to express and process these emotions becomes crucial for our well-being. Creating in an expressive way with artistic practices of any medium can be healing and transformative.

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Whether it's painting, drawing, sculpting, or any other form of creative expression, art offers a powerful avenue for channeling emotions and facilitating personal growth. In many ways, the

sensory connection with our hands and mind directly allows us to access our intuition and help us discover what we didn’t realize we weren’t processing or listening to from our soul.


Before delving into the transformative power of art, it's essential to grasp the concept of emotional stagnation. When emotions become stagnant, they tend to accumulate within us, manifesting as feelings of frustration, anxiety, or even depression. This stagnation often occurs when we suppress our emotions or fail to find constructive ways to address them. These unresolved emotions can weigh heavily on our mental and emotional well-being, hindering our ability to experience joy and fulfillment in life.


Art provides a unique platform for breaking free from emotional stagnation and fostering positive change. Unlike verbal expression, which may feel limiting or inadequate at times, art transcends language barriers, allowing for a deeper, more visceral exploration of emotions. It is essential when practice art for the sake of feeling better that we do not place judgment on our work, but rather allow the work to be about the expression itself, not its outcome. Through brush strokes, colors, and shapes, artists can externalize their emotions in a tangible form, without fear of criticism or scrutiny.

This act of self-expression not only validates one's emotions but also fosters a sense of empowerment and agency over one's inner world. Art journaling in this way can be a very effective tool for self-reflection and transformation. This is the foundation of the idea that many artists align with around becoming art in their way of being.


Creating art requires vulnerability, as it often involves exposing one's innermost self to the world. By embracing vulnerability through art, individuals can confront their emotions head-on, acknowledging their complexities and nuances without reservation.

This willingness to confront vulnerability is a crucial step towards emotional healing and growth.


Art encourages mindfulness by drawing one's attention to the present moment. Whether it's focusing on the texture of clay or the interplay of light and shadow in a painting, the process of creating art demands a heightened sense of awareness and concentration.

This mindfulness practice not only allows individuals to detach from rumination and worry but also cultivates a deeper connection with their emotions and surroundings.


Art enables individuals to represent their emotions symbolically, using imagery, metaphors, and symbols to convey complex emotional experiences. Through symbolism, artists can communicate nuances of their inner world that may be difficult to articulate verbally. This symbolic representation not only facilitates introspection and self-awareness but also invites viewers to interpret and empathize with the artist's emotional journey.


Perhaps most importantly, art offers a cathartic release for pent-up emotions, allowing individuals to purge themselves of negativity and make room for healing and renewal. Whether it's through the act of painting over a canvas with bold, expressive strokes or sculpting clay into a new form, the process of creating art can be profoundly cathartic, providing a sense of liberation and relief from emotional burdens.


In a world where emotions often feel overwhelming and insurmountable, art stands as a beacon of hope and transformation. Through its ability to facilitate self-expression, embrace vulnerability, cultivate mindfulness, employ symbolic representation, and provide cathartic release, art offers a pathway towards emotional healing and personal growth. By harnessing the power of art, individuals can transcend their emotional stagnation, moving from a state of feeling stuck to experiencing greater peace, joy, and resilience in their lives. So, pick up a brush, mold some clay, or grab a pencil—let your emotions flow and watch as art transforms your inner landscape.

If you’d like to receive support from Ariel Grace check out her Be as Art Business Immersion for creatives ready to jumpstart their next iteration of their career or creative business.


Ariel Grace Snapp, Creativity Coach

Ariel Grace Snapp has always been a multi-passionate creative balancing service and the expressions of her soul. She’s a coach for creatives, a tech creative director, intuitive and MacroFloral photographer and host of the Creatively Free podcast. She is particularly interested in co-creating new, collaborative ways to solve social challenges across different sectors. As founder of the Be as Art Business Academy, she offers a depth based journey of the mystical and practical tools for creatives and sensitive people that are ready to birth and scale their huge creative, mission driven projects.



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