Painting from the subconscious

03/19/2016

 

"Only mental blocks prevent you from seeing your pure natures. You are your own light. Look within your own self." His Holiness, The Dali Lama of Tibet www.odysseyofthesoul.org

 

I discover the wisdom of His Holiness's words whenever I come to paint.  


My best works come from a place in my subconscious that only emerges when I suspend conscious thought and contrived gestures and enter a state of meditative calm.  It is only in this relaxed and focussed frame of mind that the Dali Lama's "mental blocks" dissolve and I am able to make decisions that facilitate rather than subvert the alchemic process.

 

I have learned to have faith in my unconscious capability to produce artwork.  To an extent I believe that, once the pigmented solution I mix is poured,  the the less I interfere with its progress over the canvas the more integrity and clarity I achieve.

 

Having been born into a religious family in the 50’s I am full of preconditioning  about societal expectations, behaviours, role modelling, my place in the world.   My belief is that if I can surrender to the subconscious and suspend conscious interference to some degree, I will produce work that contains expressions of self that would otherwise not be produced.  

 

 

 

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