Painting As Mindfulness Practice
The act of painting is often referred to as a “practice.” Parallels are drawn between meditation and painting, yet it is not often that the act of painting is treated as a form of meditation in itself. This course integrates aspects of meditation practice with material exploration in paint.
Each session begins with a period of meditation prior to painting and concludes with a period of reflection. Additional exercises may include blind drawing to free the mind and loosen the hand, spontaneous visualization for generating subject matter, and developing a dialogue through the generative qualities of gesture and mark-making.
Repetition will be a key component to both painting and meditation practices. A guest instructor will join certain sessions to provide the fundamentals of meditation.
Meditation on Anahata, 2012
Acrylic on vinyl
68 x 95 inches
Courtesy of the artist