Mindfulness Paintings Blog!
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.
Let not future things disturb you, for you will come to them, if it shall be necessary, having with you the same reason which you now use for present things. – Marcus Aurelias
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Paint It As You See It
As I remember it, I paint it as I see it. The door wasn’t really red. The house wasn’t yellow. Somehow, changing the colors makes it just right. I paint it as I see it today. I am mindful of my memories, and I am aware of how they bring meaning to the present moment. This blog is an encouragement to paint it as you see it.
Paint and Release
I painted these candlesticks while my mind recalled bits and pieces of memories: memories that are getting foggier and foggier. There’s something healing about painting it. When I complete a painting, I release my hold on something I was holding too tightly. Paint and release. Paint and release. With each stroke of the brush, I am aware of how peaceful I am. There is something incredibly soothing about the entire process. I am mindful of the reality that art is an incredible gift. Read this blog to learn more about the incredible gift of creative process.
Mindful of the Beauty
Can you see the simple beauty in this painting? Are you mindful of the moments when beauty is waiting to be seen? Join me. This blog is a challenge to consider capturing the elegant allure of something right in front of you, and give it voice through creative expression. Let creative mindfulness help you SEE THE BEAUTY!
Creative Process, Contradiction, and Surprises
This blog is a challenge to make some art and compare it with the creations of other artists. The challenge is not to compare to rank and judge. We can celebrate all the possibilities and recognize that our interpretation is valid, valuable, and important. We are so quick to judge ourselves and others. You and I can make something, be mindful, and let it be what it is. We can trust it and embrace it and do the same with what we see others create. This simple step has the power to help guide this fascinating planet to greater understanding, less rigidity, and a bit more shine.
A Mindful Space to Explore Your Creative Process
What do you need front and center as you create? How can you best access what you need when you need it? What solution will allow you to be mindful of your creative process? Read this blog to discover ways you can make space to explore your creative process.
Mindful of a New Moment to Be Lived
Today, I am mindful of the present moment. While different and bittersweet, it brings good things for me to celebrate. I paint what was, what is, and what will be. I try to be aware of it all. Join me in noticing what yesterday, today, and tomorrow brings. Capture it in the way that helps you in this new moment to be lived. This blog will give you an opportunity to consider your “new moment” and the ways you might lay hold of it.
I See In Color, 2021
I write about my painting process because I know that there are others like me: people who “see the world in color” and create in response. This blog is all about the power of noticing color and responding. It’s a reminder to take a deep breath, close our eyes, and re-center ourselves whenever color speaks.
Stove, Spigot, and a Flower Pot, 2021
What is your creative process? How does your present moment speak through your choice of artistic expression? How do you say, “This is my “Right Now”?” From your present moment, how do you capture the past, what still brings you joy, and what holds great meaning for you? This blog will explore ways you can share how you capture it all. It’s an invitation to share your creative process.
Upside Downs, Right Side Ups, and Creative Process
It’s important that we adjust our perspective right now. If we want to make the most of our present moment, we need to change our attitude and approach things a little bit differently. People are unhappy with the way things are. Everyone agrees that things aren’t normal. Even the luckiest have their world turned upside down by COVID. How do we face each day with a sense of hope and peace? This blog explores creativity’s power to turn our “Upside Downs” to “Right Side Ups.”
Go to a Better Place
In 2020, we were all anxious for the day when we would find ourselves in a better place. In 2021, we have the same anxieties. Yes, it’s true. There is a vaccine on its way. Hope is on the horizon. Yet, we still need to get through the coming months. It’s cold, the days are darker, and many of our favorite places are shut down. We can’t go anywhere with our loved ones: not even into their homes. How can we go to a better place in 2021? This blog aims to help you find that “better place” without even needing to step foot outside the door.