I’ve put much thought into my mission and value for the reasons I paint. I paint not only for myself but ultimately for you, the collector and viewer. What is in it for you?
Finding myself attracted again and again to creating relaxing paintings because it feels so good, I choose to create art that gives others those feelings as well. Finding calm and tranquility in this busy, stressful world is a rare and sacred space to be in.
Themes on tranquility
Have you ever encountered a little space, a courtyard for example, that was quiet and beautiful with plants and a fountain? How did that make you feel? For me, little spaces like that instantly transport me to a feeling of relaxation and openness. Happiness.
The need to be in nature is a huge part of it. Incorporating plants and water with our homes gives us a sense of calm. I remember going to different resorts, restaurants and spas in Thailand and the arrangement of plants and smooth river rocks, orchids and ferns in the trees made me feel great!
Today, I live in a building with a courtyard garden. Having that beautiful garden to look out from the window is incredibly important to me.
When I was a little girl, one of my favorite pastimes was laying on the grass or moss and getting up close and observing the tiny world in there. It is amazing what you can see! And when I was fully in the moment and quiet, it filled me with peace.
From up close to grandiose
Taking the perspective back a bit, I am inspired by gardens. Japanese gardens, especially. As you might have learned in an earlier post this month on my research about lanterns for my current painting, there are elements of the Japanese garden that I am absolutely in love with. The imagery is romantically peaceful, if that makes any sense.
From the statues to the urns, to the pathways and the plants, the whole of it is encompassing calm, grounding energy.
When our family took a trip to Portland, Oregon a few years ago, we went to the Japanese garden. I could have spent the entire day there, if I were to have gone by myself. Strolling slowly, looking up close, taking in the whole view, I would have made the entire experience a walking meditation. Alas, I had my seven year old son with me, so we had a few hours maximum. One day I will be back!
Paintings to reduce stress
The more I learn about stress, the more I’ve come to understand that it takes an enormous health toll on us as a society. I’ve carved out my life right now so that I don’t have much stress, and I am grateful for that blessing every day. Most people are not so fortunate, and I’ve made it my mission to help you relax!
We use our senses to help us relax. Aromatherapy: bath products, candles, incense for our noses. For touch we reduce stress with petting our dog or cat, getting a massage or having sex. For taste we relax with various alcoholic beverages, chocolate and comfort food. With our ears we relax with music or the sound of a fountain.
My aim is to help you relax visually. As a naturally visual person, I use this sense the most to get in touch with feelings of tranquility. A well-placed painting in a room helps you become more grounded as you go about your day. If you have an office, especially a waiting room for patients or clients, a painting evoking calm feelings is a benefit for those you serve.
We are all spiritual beings having a human experience, as the saying goes. If one of my paintings can create a quiet space of connection with spirit and just be for a moment, then I’ve done my duty. My dharma.