A moment of calm

Sometimes there seems to be more going on in life than what my carrying capacity takes. I’ve learned that then it’s not worth adding laps and trying to stay on top of everything. Sometimes you have to make painful decisions, give up the nice or the important, put your own endurance first and say no to the demands (of others and your own).

When my energies are too high or I’m out of balance, I choose earthy colors, large canvases, and wide brushes in my studio. Sometimes when I’m really tired, just priming a big board can be the best rest for an over-tuned brain. As my powers gradually return, I add layers to the painting and move from wide strokes and large lines to details.

Finally stress melts into art as the brain works on movement, colors, and shapes instead of circulating thoughts in my mind. At the same time I might listen to some calm, often classical music. When I paint, all the senses focus on peace, deep concentration, and outward cleansing. I get somethin concrete and pleasurable done. This is the best way for me to have moment of calm.

Grounded, part 1 and 2

  • Acrylic and varnish on canvas
  • Year: 2021
  • Size: 80 x 60 cm and 60 x 50 cm
  • Price: 1 500 €