In a sense the creative process is a form of getting lost, and then becoming found…Through the act of painting I find myself in a trance-like state, or meditation. In my own art practice, it is all about brush control, and being in a state of contemplation. This is why I love sacred and religious icons and Indian miniatures. Sometimes I find myself not knowing who is painting the picture, myself, or if the picture is painting itself through me.. The image wants to be expressed through me as a conduit.
People often talk about creative blocks, and my answer to that is ‘Just start.. and see where it leads you.’ Don’t worry if it’s not a ‘good piece’ .. just begin…’
Some people I work with on my retreats are more expressive; they love to use less control and just let go…Sometimes people paint with their left hand (if they are right-handed,) or with their eyes closed, or in the dark, or outside at night, by moonlight..