Daily Painting: Making Art from Stillness

Daily painting

Dear readers,


Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of Eckhart Tolle video’s. Some of you might now that he’s an important teacher for me. Often I come back to his teachings and always find inspiration and wisdom.

Also, I’ve been a lot in my small garden lately. The weather is beautiful right now, and the garden is in full bloom. I’ve been watching the flowers from stillness, and I’m amazed about all the tiny details that I see.

Today, I wanted to make art from the same stillness that I watched the flowers. It’s what I always do, by the way, but today, I wanted to give this way of painting extra focus.

After my ‘flower-meditation’ I went inside, stayed in the stillness, and took my paints and brushes.

Today, I used an old friend of mine: Golden Green Gold. A wonderful transparant moss green that I used a lot a few years ago.

I combined it with Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Turquoise Phtalo – all from Golden – and black and white of course.


I really enjoyed the process. In the end it wasn’t that different from how I  paint normally. That always feels like a kind of spiritual practice, a meditation, being Here & Now, no thinking or planning involved, letting the painting paint itself.

But I liked that I gave it some extra attention today.


I photographed a bit of the progress, see below (two photo’s):



And here the next stage:

And here the final painting:

Here you’ll find some details:

I really enjoyed the process, and I liked the result.


Have a wonderful day!




  1. Dotty Seiter

    I am pulled to the softnesses in the final painting, and the places where the green has become paler and cooler. I am coming into stillness in response.

    • Simone Nijboer

      Dear Dotty, I had the same experience of ‘stillness’ in the pale greens and blues. Thanks!


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