Unexpected choices on my canvas start conversations about art. “Who is walking across that bridge?” Where is he going?” “Why is he going there?” I am mindful of how these questions make space for conversations about art.
What do you think of this door that leads to magical places? Tell me what you think. Ask me why the fish swim among sunflowers. Ask me why a water spigot is under the water. This piece of art is made to ignite and then continue a conversation.
Jesus reached out and placed His hands on my head, and I was hopeful that He would make me better. He touched my head, my neck, my stomach: every place that was broken. I knew I would go right back to my old ways if He didn’t fix me. I ached to be healed.
I am mindful of the challenge: combining 25 surrealistic art techniques including cut outs, cubomania, collage, bulletism, automatism, graphomania, and excavation. Bright red splotches, black drips, white splatters, and a faceless cutout cover the surface of this canvas. In the present moment, I can see this exercise stretching me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.