Gaze at a piece of artwork or photo and feel what comes up with body, emotion and thought. This is telling you about yourself, beliefs you have. For instance, a painting of a forest may bring up feelings of claustrophobia. This tells you that you may have a fear of wilderness, forests, you may feel trapped. But only you can determine what it is. If you feel euphoric, then it is showing you something you love and it’s not necessarily the picture you’re looking at. It’s some concept you are perceiving that has been triggered by the painting. This is a fun exercise to do with absolutely anything in life, including other people.
The beautiful artwork used in this example is from Alison Jardine.
This was a lesson in how colors enhanced each other when placed strategically, like the yellow just over the building. The painting was done in watercolor. I like to study paintings to understand what I like about them. For me, it is the harmony of the color and contrast. These are colors I picked as some of my favorites for blending together for a peaceful tone.
I’m learning to paint as part of my artful meditation.
I played with color while listening to some inspiring music. No thoughts at all.
This was painted by a guy on the streets of Rome using spray cans. He painted it in 5 minutes. It was a great example of going with what he loved doing, and I had a great time watching his creativity express as entertainment.
Ordinarily when I want to paint or draw a picture, I would begin with a photo or completed sketch to guide me toward my goal. In this case, I’m focused on painting what has already been designed and no matter how I feel about how it is turning out, I will strive toward that goal. Recently I received inspiration from someone about a new way to draw out my creativity, to follow my own inspiration. A more mindful way to paint would be to begin with an idea of where I want to go with the painting and allow myself to deviate based on how inspired I am in that moment. I may feel more inclined to use a different color, remove some elements, add in some new ones or go in a completely different direction. It’s important to let myself detach from the initial idea which was the inspiration and continue to follow any other inspirations that come after. Then creativity flows out without editing, naturally.