(Tiger Lily, by Paula Kuitenbrouwer)
How to cultivate mindfulness through mindful drawing? This is what I do.
I select the right materials and choose an object for drawing that inspires me but not overly. Too much passion easily leads to frustration. Art-making as a vehicle for spirituality or mindfulness works best with a calm mind. Think about the Medieval monks, copying illustrated manuscripts day after day, week after week, year after year. Calmly processing, finding meditation in the working itself, instead of focussing on the end product. Paying attention to light is important. Although I like to sit in the garden on a sunny day, I don’t like to glare annoyed at an approaching overcast because that certainly isn’t meditative. I keep my concentration high, but my expectations low. Practice makes perfect and it takes time. After I have done some drawing, I put it away. I postpone judging my work. Later I see if my work falls in the category ‘exercise’ or ‘exhibition’.
How do you cultivate mindfulness, calm or happiness through drawing or painting?
Paula Kuitenbrouwer at Etsy