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.
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.
Better Place, 2021
We’re all tired of COVID and tired of waiting for our lives to get back to normal. We don’t know what’s next, and it can be excruciating. It's disquieting not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Creative process can provide a healthy redirection for the feelings and challenges that come with the realities of our “Right Now.” Tomorrow will remain uncertain. Do your best to accept “Right Now” as it is. That doesn’t mean that you pretend that you don’t have angst about the future. Be mindful of how you feel. Notice your unease and don’t try to push it down. However, consider how creative process can help you in this time and place. This blog will help you get started.
Open the Barrel, Turn the Lock, 2020
Do you have a place where everything is yours? How can you create a space where you can make choices that are all for you? The creative process can offer you this kind of freedom and opportunity. This blog explores how we can become more mindful and aware of the joy and peace the creative process yields, and why we can thank the millions of choices that are all yours and all mine.
A Million Choices, 2020
Together, we can start a new art movement that that is driven by honesty, not validation. Imagine a community or art makers embracing the present moment, mindful of their own creative practice, and driven by the desire to be true to their work. To be perfectly honest, I ache for that. Do you? If you do, read this blog and respond in some way: through your work, through your actions, through your thought process, or through celebrating the sincere and forthright creations of others. If we do it, I think the world will be a little more honest.
Right Side Up or Upside Down?, 2020
I’m feeling lost. I’ve got to make some good choices to settle myself down. I’m working on my mind right now: the tape that’s playing in my head. I’m telling it to slow down, and I’m telling it I’m going to be OK. There’s a lot going on, so my head is swimming with voices. Not audible ones. Just those quiet whispers that we tend to give too little attention. They are insidious. I must find a way to silence them.
Paradise Lost, 2020
While I wait for an uncertain future, I find hope in creative expression. Consider exploring the power of your creative side: its power to help you navigate these uncertain times with a little more peace and hope.
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.
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