Meditation…

I should have been teaching a Chan (Zen) group today so as this cannot happen now I thought I would post up some Meditation inspired paintings to inspire you to think minimally, maybe…

The first is a very simple construction concentrating on space. The idea here is to produce the image with as few strokes as possible. For anyone who has tried to convey facial features with the minimum number of strokes you know how hard it can be to get it right. However, it is something worth persisting with so I would encourage you to play…

The best friend in the cold by Paul Maslowski 2011
The best friend in the cold by Paul Maslowski 2011

The second is an image I have painted over and over again to try and get closer to the feeling of simply sitting. This one is from about 15 years ago now and is an inspiration from a wonderful painting by Qi Baishi:

Dharma after Qi Baishi by Paul Maslowski
Dharma after Qi Baishi by Paul Maslowski

The third painting is one I came up with after regular bouts of sitting in Buddhist meditation halls in Taiwan during the early 2000’s and is a reminder of the tranquility of those wonderful spaces which were full of lanterns, pillars and peaceful people:

A still life by Paul Maslowski 2005
A still life by Paul Maslowski 2005

Do let me know if this reminds you of particular works or if you have been similarly inspired by sitting in meditation, practicing Qigong, Tai chi or any other oriental art for that matter.

Happy painting.

Paul

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