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A Glimpse at my studio space

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I tried painting in different parts of the house but this space I found to be the best. It is a great room with good light, ventilation and a washroom close by:)

Studio Space

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August 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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More Paintings – update

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Cobra Pose

This one was done just before the print method. I was working on another series which was inspired by the Australian Aboriginal art and thus the dots. It portrays contemplation while in the pose.

Low Lunge Pose

It is interesting how the darker lines come through (in the Low Lunge) when using a couple of paint colours on the print image.

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August 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Update on New Paintings

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Half Frog Pose

I find it difficult to motivate myself to paint on a daily basis but I have managed to get to 11 paintings now. Since all of these paintings are original it is difficult to figure out how each one will be different, aside from the poses. My intention was to create these paintings using my style which isn’t realism but rather depicts reality in an abstract way. In this way it mimics yoga itself. The physical body does the asana but the mind is going beyond….

These last few paintings were interesting because I came up with a slightly different method – of course not expecting to. I drew the poses on another piece of paper, used paint on them and then printed it on the canvas – sort of print method. The result is almost an x-ray like – ethereal appearance. I don’t know where the next batch will lead to!

Bound Pose

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August 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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Art as Yoga

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August 9th

Just as when the body is standing still, the movement does not cease (your muscles re working to keep the internal systems functioning); so too when you are creating artwork. You sit, you ponder & the creative juices flow (hopefully)! Creating is a form of introspection as is yoga. Yoga encourages introspection through meditation and creativity encourages introspection through concentration/contemplation. Both of these forms all one to access different states.

Once you learn a pose you don’t forget it but it doesn’t mean you can’t improve upon it. Over time the more you do the basic moves the more the moves reveal & your knowledge and awareness increases. Similarly when creating art. My approach is circular without expectation and it continues to reveal new ideas. When the mind works with the body there is beauty and harmony both in yoga and creating art. The body is refreshed and the new wisdom attained informs the mind. One comes to yoga and creating art as you are, without any expectations. The poses and artwork offer no judgements. It offers flow and a personal current. It offers introspection from the inside out. Yoga allows you to become friends with your body and art with your mind; and they both help you love yourself!

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August 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

July painting

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Can you see the child's pose?

Inspired by the Australian Aborigines

It was incredibly HOT  and humid in July. It interrupted my creative flow so I only created 2 paintings that will be part of this series. Interestingly I got started on a couple of other creative endeavors. I am one of those people who doesn’t like to paint or draw something if it isn’t going to turn out. It sounds crazy but it is true. I can’t possibly expect everything to turn out but I have to think it will before attempting it. Perfectionism I figured out has more to do with ‘fear’ than to do something just so – this would be “excellence”. So put together a few pages of good old construction paper and made a mini-book (journal of sorts). I allowed myself to do whatever and if it wouldn’t turn out – so what I can always throw it out. That little exercise was great to let the creative juices flowing once again. I had sketched pieces that were inspired by the Australian Aborigines and started painting that series as well. I thought at first that it was distracting me from the Art Prana series, instead I started noticing a transference of ideas coming through. It is amazing what happens when we let ourselves “just BE”.

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August 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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June paintings

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Here are some shots of the paintings I completed in June. These paintings are created in the moment. They are not sketched first. I have created most of my art in the abstract expressionist style. Not to say that I don’t do other stuff but this enables me to see what comes out when I am just sitting there. In a way the result is my mind on the canvas 🙂

The process of creating these paintings is somewhat like yoga in that it takes patience, determination to get it just right and lots of vital breathing! The vital breath brings it to life. Unfortunately the photos are not as good as I’d like them to be. Just learning how to improve these. Hopefully these will get better through the journey!

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August 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Posted in June Paintings

how it started

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As my profile info indicates, I’m embarking on this journey of discovery through yoga inspired art. My challenge is to create 108 original paintings within a year. I am an artist/coach/consultant/trainer. I have been wanting to get back into my art for a while and as I surfed I came across a few artist sites that spurred me into creativity. One person in particular sparked my new idea of yoga inspired paintings (Lisa Sonora Beam who started an art project of 1008 pieces). So I started without an idea of what the series would entail. After my husband saw the first few he suggested doing lots of them, at least 100 but as soon as he said this the number 108 came to mind. I had no clue till later that this number has a great meaning. More on that another time. So I gave myself the challenge of creating 108 original paintings based on yoga poses. This started in June 2010.

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August 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Posted in How it all Started