The Mindfulness Paintings Blog will explore creative meditation exercises, mindfulness artwork and mindfulness art activities. Please share your thoughts, ideas and experiences as we journey towards being more mindful as we create. This is a safe place for the inner artist to share, notice and grow in mindfulness.
The simple shapes, colors and designs made with a gelli plate allow me to express myself without fear of failing. I can relax and be in a peaceful flow. I can be mindful of my choices and enjoy the present moment. The gelli plate is liberating for me because there is truly no right or wrong when I use this simple printmaking tool. It’s my mindfulness painting tool that lets me pay attention to the beauty in my own choices and the beauty in how I express myself.
I think we all need something different to think about right now? This doesn’t need to mean that reality changes or that we pretend that we’re not concerned about the future. It can mean that we let our thoughts be what they are while engaging in a mindfulness activity. We can re-focus and let our thoughts go to someplace new- someplace that might bring us some peace and a little hope.
Even if you believe you lack all talent and skill, it does not matter. Find a creative channel that can quiet the disquieting “In-Betweens”: a channel that will offer you clarity in both the fleeting and unyielding moments anchored in time. Creative expression offers you calming, quieting, and soothing in the otherwise unsettling liminal spaces where we all find ourselves in waiting. Take a place that would be otherwise destabilized, rattled, and agitated, and create a place where you can be present and mindful. You can do it all with a paintbrush and a canvas.
Painting helps me make sense of the most confusing and challenging things. When I paint I have a lot of things that float in and out of my mind. None of the thoughts cause me sadness or anxiety, though. I’m in this type of flow where I can think about just anything and I remain centered. I can go back and forth between thoughts, and moments in time, with ease.
Back and Forth, 2019
As I moved colors, shapes and textures across this canvas, I pondered the “different” in how we look, how we think and how we choose to live our lives. I am mindful of our uniqueness as I look at what I have made. I painted with my best effort to represent this uniqueness well. My “flaws” surprise me and I begin to see that they are gifts. I am in awe that I am part of God's diverse universe and that He is our Christ.
Part of His Universe, 2019
I took this art techniques class on using a Gelli Plate. I love making collages with this simple printmaking plate. I also love putting the collages I create inside my paintings. I can create my own papers, with my own patterns, so that everything I use to create my work is original. The exciting think about a Gelli Plate is that anyone can make satisfying art with it. You don’t need to have advanced drawing or painting skills. A simple sense of color and design can bring you a long way.
You may be an artist, you may be afraid to draw a stick figure, or you may be somewhere in between? Regardless, you can experience the freedom of Mindfulness Painting. If you have encouragement for others, or insights into mindfulness that will help others get into the “Mindfulness Painting Zone,” please share here at the Mindfulness Paintings Blog. Together we can discover and release the power of Mindfulness Painting.
Purple Pickle Painting, 2018
Who gets to decide if green can go with pink or orange can go with purple? Judgements about color combinations are erroneous. A canvas and some paints is a perfect opportunity to mix and choose color without any restraints. You can’t make a mistake. Mindfulness Painting is that simple. It’s not about talent or skill or training. It’s about the process of choosing and exploring with color, a paint brush and a canvas.
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