Written By: Maxwell Fayans
Estimated Read Time: 2-4 minutes
Let what you do in the moment be the most important thing in your life. -Thich Nhat Hanh
Ever since I started meditating I found that mindfulness could be practiced throughout your day. Last summer, I decided to throw some paint on a canvas (also known as drip art or splatter art). This is similar to the pieces created by Jackson Pollock. I was fortunate enough to see his exhibit at MOMA in NYC and it was stunning. Here are the steps I took to create this piece.
The 5 Steps:
- Place tarp in your backyard and use flower pots to hold it down.
- Place canvas on the tarp (I got mine at Michaels).
- Get a few buckets of water to clean your paint brushes.
- Use different size brushes and of course paint.
- Grab a glob of paint using your brush and start throwing it on the canvas. Do not think of the result.
Having not painted in a long time, I was astonished by the result.
So How Does This Tie to Mindfulness?
I recently listened to the Tao Te Ching and The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation. After listening to these books, a few quotes stood out to me and it reminded me of this great day when I created the above piece of art.
Splatter art requires no thinking. You simply take some paint and throw it. I did not follow any techniques. I did what ever I felt like at the present moment. I was not caught up in the details or looking to impress anyone with this piece of art. What ever happened, happened. I let it be just the way it is. What I learned was that I was painting to paint, not thinking about if it would look good hanging in my room. I was happy no matter the outcome which made the whole day amazing.
Here are the quotes that sparked me to write this piece and I try to live my life by them:
“He who rushes, does not go far.”
“He who tries to shine, dims his own light.”
“Don’t do stuff just to get it over with. Relax, slow down and enjoy it.”
“The most important time is now. The most important person is whom you are with right in front of you.”
Even if art is not your thing, sometimes all it takes is one piece to create a breakthrough. I look forward to hearing about the impact art has had on you.
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