This is the third Buddha painting in my series. I really am pleased with this one. I painted the initial layer in the same way as the others, using many colors and freeing up my movement and mark making. But, when I started to add layers, I began to decrease the number of colors and develop a consistent palette.
Striving to keep myself from getting too tense as I paint, I begin each session with Tai Chi. This has helped me to center myself and give in to the process. Then, when I feel myself tensing up, I back away, take a deep breath, and relax. Needless to say, I am enjoying this method much more than my anxious and impatient former style of painting!
Using this process, there is a point at which I am able to enter the stillness within myself to draw out the painting. Instead of using my head to paint, I am using that stillness within my heart. The more I can quiet my mind (especially my critic) the more I can settle into that stillness and be present.
I am finding that every moment in life can be a meditation, if only I let it.