Daily Painting: Visual Haiku

Daily Painting: Visual Haiku

Nicholas Wilton  –a painter who I admire–, describes his artwork as ‘visual poems.’ I like that description, and if my artworks would be visual poems, then these daily business-card collages would be visual haiku’s.

 

Bye! have a beautiful day,

Simone

Practicing the Power of Now

Practicing the Power of Now

Practicing the Power of Now

 

You might have read ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. This book is about the importance of quitting the excessive thinking about the past and the future, and realizing that there is only one moment: ‘Now.’ Everything else is a mental construction. Even if you think about the past, you are still doing it Now. And when you worry about the future, you also are doing it Now.

Painting is a beautiful way of drawing you into the Now. There is little thinking required. Yes, thinking can come in handy for practical matters. You can ask yourself for instance: ‘How can I prevent the water-soluble crayon from smearing?’ Or: ‘What colors do I need to mix a beautiful green?’ But thinking about your next brush stroke usually does not make your painting much better. And worrying about the mess you just made even less.

 

Negative thinking and worrying

Still, we tend to think and worry a lot about painting. Regret, comparison, judgment, jealousy, shame, and self-criticism are often not far away:

  • I can’t paint!
  • Am I a real artist? No, I’m fake.
  • I will never be able to paint like the other ones.
  • I should have gone to art school; it’s too late now.
  • I should have pushed myself further years ago; now I haven’t learned as much as I could have.
  • My friends have expositions, and I don’t.
  • Everybody is going to laugh about me when they see this rubbish.
  • I’m going to look like a fool when I have my exposition.

And so on. I have had a lot of thoughts like these, and sometimes they still put a spell on me. But I know one thing for sure: those thoughts and worries don’t make my painting more enjoyable, and they don’t make my painting any better. On the contrary, I postponed painting for years and years until I finally dared to pick up the brushes and just start.

 

Practice being in the Now

Good news: painting is a beautiful way to practice being in the Now, in the same way that running or singing or being in nature helps you to become present and feel connected.

Since painting is such a sensory thing to do, you can use your senses to the max, which draws you away from your thinking head. You can watch the colors, see how they mix, feel the paint with your fingers, smell the typical scent of the paint, hear your ink pen scratching over the paper. You can feel your inner body, as Eckhart Tolle calls it: the inner energy-field, the aliveness in your body. And when you notice that you are thinking again about the future or the past, or when you hear your inner voice whisper judgments, you can purposely go back to your inner body and use your senses while painting.

So, if you feel trapped in negative thinking, in worry, in stress or general unhappiness, grab a piece of paper, a bit of paint, and some crayons, and start making marks, color fields, shapes, and textures. Without any plan. Get amazed by the colors, like you would do if you would see them for the first time. Feel the excitement when making marks, just like you would do if you were a toddler, having a crayon in its hands for the first time.

 

Let your thinking come to rest, and simply enjoy being alive.

Simone Nijboer, Dutch abstract artist, online art teacher, daily painter, creativity accelerator

Daily Painting: Dental Floss

Daily Painting: Dental Floss

Dear reader,

 

Today I saw a piece of dental floss lying around, and it inspired me immediately to make a collage. More and more I trust my impulses and start something, even if I don’t know if it will work out or not.

So, today the dental floss got its final destination!

 

Bye,

Simone

Daily Painting: Being Present

Daily Painting: Being Present

Dear reader,

 

First of all: thank you for following along with my daily painting adventure! Of course, I write those blog posts to keep track of my ‘development’, but it is so nice that there are other people on the other end of the line who read this stuff. Thank you!

 

Second: I painted another business card. I’m grateful for this opportunity to be creative every morning. It is difficult not to be present while painting, and in these busy days with a lot of thinking about how I’m going to launch my online course in the near future, it is easy to start stressing and thinking about ‘so-called-problems’ (as Eckhart Tolle calls them). Painting keeps me sane 😉

 

Bye,

Simone

Daily Painting: Empty space

Daily Painting: Empty space

Dear reader,

 

I’m back again after the Pentecost weekend, in which I made a two-day hiking trip with my 13 year old daughter! Today back in my painting and working mode: another small collage, in which I used more empty space then I usually do. I like empty space!

 

Bye,

Simone

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