So, my tip to stop procrastinating? Reflect (journal even) on why, what are you avoiding? Are you giving yourself valuable thinking space before making your next move?
I have long had an interest in mindfulness and drawing but today was a first when I took part in an online Zoom meditation drawing session guided by artist Katie Solohub. Whilst I have a daily meditation practice, I have not ever tied my art and my meditation together before. However, it makes sense thatContinue reading “Listen to the silence…..”
This week I have been thinking about drawing – specifically the need to recreate a visual scene accurately or at least semi accurately. For the past few weeks I have been going to the same spot most days and drawing. But nothing I have drawn would be recognisable as the physical place. However for meContinue reading “Does a drawing have to look like somewhere?”
I am working on extending my new series based on Forton Lake and developing some more work based on the area. I have been spending a lot of time, mindfully recording what I see, what I hear and what I feel when I walk around the shores of the lake. An interesting exercise to doContinue reading “A Mindful moment – sound drawings”
Standing by the edge of the lake,Breathing in the serenity and calm,The sun rose in the distance,And the frost touched my cheeks.A stranger asked if I was ok,I smiled and said I was fine.I must have looked melancholy,Soaking in the beauty of the lake.
On a break in Dorset, I am enjoying digging my camera out again. It’s been a while since I did some mindful photography and I am pleased with the results from yesterday. A glorious day on the cliffs, I just tuned into what attracted my attention the most – turns out it was old, ruggedContinue reading “Dorset beauty”
A great many artists will tell you that it is essential to have a cull of your work regularly, in order to keep things fresh, but it is a very difficult thing to do. Earlier this year I met artist Mark Anstee who strongly feels that his work is temporary, and consequently, he cullsContinue reading “Time for a cull”
One of my favourite pieces at the show is Being Present – an interactive digital piece that aims to show people the benefits of mindfulness – of being present, even if only for 2 minutes.I have loved watching everyone try it out – not everyone sees it to the end but those that do (andContinue reading “Raspberry Pi powered interactive digital art? Absolutely!”
As I come close to the end of my MA Fine Art course, I am preparing to exhibit the pieces I have made in response to the proposal I wrote at the end of 2015.Over the course of 2016 I have read widely about mindfulness and mental illness and it began to influence the workContinue reading “Can mindfulness be communicated through art?”
Self-Observation Without Judgement Release the harsh and pointed innervoice. It’s just a throwback to the past,and holds no truth about this moment.Let go of self-judgment, the old,learned ways of beating yourself upfor each imagined inadequacy.Allow the dialogue within the mindto grow friendlier, and quiet. Shiftout of inner criticism and lifesuddenly looks very different.I canContinue reading “Release the voice that refuses to acknowledge the real me…”