Why Painting Soothes The Soul – Max Lang-Orsini

Art And The Soul

You have probably heard that watching paint dry can be oddly therapeutic. However, did you know that art itself can help ease and soothe the human soul? There are many mental benefits associated with art. Max Lang-Orsini, an aspiring artist has testified to turning to art as a relief and escape from the mental turmoil that life has put him through.

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to self-isolation of many individuals who live alone. People working abroad or in new environments suffered depression and loneliness during the lockdown since they had no one to socialize or talk to. As humans, such isolation may have taken a toll on the minds of most people.

How Painting Art Can Benefit The Mind:

Helps Treat Or Prevent Depression

Many of the greatest artists in history such as Van Gogh, O’Keeffe, Munch and many more struggled with mental illnesses like depression at some point. This leads to the belief that artists are more likely to suffer with mental health issues.

However, a study carried out at (RCAC), Research Center for Arts and Culture, found that artists such as painters experience fewer feelings of anxiety, loneliness and depression than the average person. The research also revealed that artists are more likely to have a high morale about themselves and life.

In another study, scientists found that people with moderate to severe forms of depression experienced an improvement in their mental health after taking up the creative side and started using painting and visual arts as part of their treatment.

Neuroscientists are still trying to figure out how visual art impacts the mental health of individuals. One thing for certain is that artists and painters have used their craft over the centuries to work through their emotions and express themselves during difficult and dark times in life, and sometimes to cope, it’s where the term ‘art therapy’ comes from.

Helps You Cope With Stress

Many painters claim that there is nothing else in this world as relaxing and soothing as painting. Getting into the flow of a good paint can be a relief to the mind. Painting helps to take your mind off the problems you are facing. In some cases, painting has been compared to meditation.

Therapy based on art is continuously proving to be so effective in helping people cope with stress. The special kind of paint therapy is now used as a tool for treating individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Thanks to technology, there is advance in neuroscience and imaging of the brain. Scientists are now beginning to understand what happens to the brain when you find ways to express yourself artistically through painting and other forms of art.

In Germany, researchers found that people who spent time coming up with visual arts through painting and other forms of art, showed increased levels of connectivity to their brains, during MRI scans.

The people also demonstrated great improvement in their psychological resilience. The research demonstrated that painting could help individuals cope with negative emotions during hard times, and manage to find reasons to be happy when life becomes tough.

If you have been suffering from poor mental health, maybe all you need to do is take up a painting class. As proved by research, oil on a canvas is a cheap and easy way to relieve the mind from stress and anxiety. You can also watch painting videos on YouTube, such as Bob Ross, in case you do not know how to paint and cannot enroll into a painting class.

Life In Amsterdam: A Modern Look At An Ancient City – Max Lang-Orsini

The city of Amsterdam has been grossly affected by the lockdown. The ancient city relies on tourism to keep going. With the onset of the lockdown, the famous cannabis cafes were closed down, social areas were sealed off, the famous Red Light District closed and hefty fines charged on anyone that is found breaking these rules. This has made life very hard for people like me.

My name is Max Lang-Orsini and this is how life has hit foreigners like me since the onset of Covid19.

COVID-19 – Amsterdam

Unfortunately, there have been three Covid19 waves in the city. Every time we thought the city was opening up, we were forced back to quarantine. Artists and curio sellers like myself found ourselves in a catch 22 situation where there were no tourists to sell our artwork to and no locals willing to take some. While the government came up with a few measures to help us cope with the pandemic, much of the assistance was too little, too late.

For the better part of the year 2020, I have been struggling to make ends meet, while one wave after the other led us to sink even deeper into the financial crisis. At the start of the Covid19 pandemic, there was fear that spread across the city. All of a sudden, we all felt dirty and vulnerable.

As the numbers rose around the world, the few friends I knew also took a hit. Two weeks after the first case of coronavirus in the country, I lost a friend and two more were hospitalised.

Our jovial city was engulfed into tears and horror as new numbers of the dead were read each day. I once had the flu and tonsillitis and was shell shocked when I went for a test. Luckily, I did not have the virus. On the other hand, the new regulations from the ministry of health created a shift in how things run around the city.

People were suddenly afraid of each other. The social gatherings where we would joke, hug and play with friends went suddenly quiet.

I remember visiting the local supermarket and it was crazy how no two people could shop next to each other. You even felt hard to pick a product on the shelf where you had seen someone return the product. At some point, I also stopped visiting the supermarkets unless it was absolutely necessary.

However, something happened. After the end of the first wave, people became less afraid of the pandemic. They had to be reminded each day that the virus was still around and taking more lives.

It is only after the second wave hit the people came back to their senses that the virus was around. Besides, the police had very high fines that made anyone think of breaking the rules to think twice.

The dark cloud had a silver lining too. The huge number of tourists that visited the country each day halted to a stop. We could, at last, breathe some fresh air and walk along quiet streets. It seemed we were having our city back.

People are now lobbying the government to put restrictions to cut the number of visitors. We are still struggling to make ends meet but are positive that things will get better. Some restrictions are still in place but much of daily life has come back to the norm.

How Ethnically Diverse Is Amsterdam? – Max Lang-Orsini

If you are thinking of travelling to Amsterdam, you will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering.

Amsterdam is known as one of the most ethnically diverse places in the entirety of Europe. But, putting this at competition with the rest of the world, how exactly is ethnically diverse within Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

The Diverse Ethnicity Within Amsterdam

To put this in perspective, Amsterdam has one of the largest numbers of ethnic minorities not just in the EU, but across the globe. The past 5 or so decades has been the most crucial for Amsterdam’s diversity within ethnic groups and has seen many ethnicities from different countries travel here. It is said that half of Amsterdam is expected to have grandparents from another country.

The Legal Measures

Typically, diversity within a country usually means there will be legal measures put in place to avoid discriminatory beliefs. There are many put in place, regardless if it’s race or sexuality or even gender, Amsterdam speaks loudly on their stance against discrimination.


Since amsterdam speaks loud and clearly about their diverse society, the time and effort it devotes to protecting the fundamentals of Amsterdam is incredible. It is known that Amsterdam even funds the small formation of ethnic minority groups.

You’d be surprised to hear that in 1996, the ‘Municipality of Amsterdam’ added a code of conduct for their local authority and employees to help prevent complaints and scenarios where anti-discrimination takes place.

This Municipality has implemented five points to help the shaping policies of the incoming migrants to Amsterdam. The services in Amsterdam need to reflect its ever changing population, and these policies are in place to help reflect that.

Emancipation Of Women

Many experience discrimination, even based on their sexuality and Amsterdam stands strongly against this. Amsterdam created a service to deal with complaints regarding the legal and social aspect of women in society since 1995.

Furthermore, the addresses of hundreds of organisations that have helped provide aid for the emancipation of women have been included in the yellow pages for women. This was published by the Multicultural Emancipation Bureau.

Amsterdam & It’s Support Of The LGBT Rights

The dutch capital that is Amsterdam, is listed by the ‘International Gay Travel Association’ as the best destination to travel to for those that are of another sexuality than heterosexual. The city of Amsterdam and it’s actions are clear that they focus on fighting discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

There is a memorial (the homomonument) to remember the dark times that occurred, this is located near the Westerkerk church. The memorial includes three pink triangles dedicated to the victims of discrimination and mental & physical harm of those within the LGBT community.

The former mayor of Amsterdam saw the entire countries first same-sex marriage back in 2001. A historic event was made after four same-sex couples took a moment to sign the register, allowing them to enjoy the legal status the heterosexuals experience.

The Netherlands introduced the registration of same-sex partners back in 1998, and the legislation was approved by the Dutch government in December of the year 2000.

From reading this article, it is safe to say that Amsterdam is a well diverse city, and with it’s ever-so-fast population growth rate, the diversity will only further increase. Amsterdam has a great culture, especially in art, and I would encourage you to get a glimpse at this incredible city.

Written By: Max Lang-Orsini