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Britney Spears takes up painting again to deal with feeling ‘overwhelmed’

Amid new developments in her conservatorship battle, the pop star gives fans a lesson on art as therapy

Last month, after delivering an emotional testimony to the Los Angeles court handling her conservatorship case, Britney Spears used the #FreeBritney hashtag for the first time, referencing the campaign that sparked public interest in her years-long legal battle.

Now, the pop star has taken to Instagram once more, to share how she’s been dealing with the pressure of the case. “As you guys know,” she writes. “There’s a lot of change going on in my life at the moment.”

“Today I was feeling overwhelmed so I went to Michael’s (sic) and got white paper and paint!!! I wanted to see colour and this is me messing around!” The caption is accompanied by a video of Spears dabbing, dripping, and smearing the paints in an abstract design on a vast piece of paper, which seems to be rolled out on her living room floor. Jackson Pollock? Never heard of him.

"Ok so I’m not a professional painter,” she adds. “But I certainly felt like I was!!! This is an expression of how I’m feeling at the moment… rebellious… colorful… bright… bold… spontaneous… magical… so obviously showing my true colors.”

Tbh, this is just one of the many life lessons that we can take away from Britney’s Instagram: when you’re feeling overwhelmed, unrolling some paper on the floor and “messing around” with paints could be just what you need (see also: Yayoi Kusama’s repetitive, therapeutic paintings).

Of course, this isn’t Britney’s first artistic outing. All the way back in 2017, she shared an idyllic video of herself painting to classical music with an easel set up in the garden. Early last year, it was even rumoured that her first solo art exhibition was on the way, following the sale of her first painting for an impressive $10,000 at auction (though representatives then distanced her from the show).

Take a look at what art experts have told Dazed about Britney’s previous paintings here, and watch her create her most recent masterpiece below.