my art in awareness

It is that which is innate within us all that has my full attention . . .

My work explores Consciousness, prompting a deep desire to express this
in a form of beauty that is an offering and invitation to the viewer.

Sahaja Peace - Melinda Blair Paterson
sahaja peace 100x100cms acrylic on canvas 2014 – melinda blair paterson

I love the white of a blank canvas. It offers something so still and complete, and yet the movement to make a mark comes, and the wonderment of expressing begins.

I often start with ‘scribbles’. Using whatever the hand is drawn to, the markings become a series of – a little scribble here, a little scribble there; then something that looks like a written language but is not, a broad sweep across the canvas and back into a little scribble again. The ‘scribbles’ are often my first layer; full of abandoned joy eventually becoming hidden under layers of paint, secretly offering their mindless presence to the viewer.

The paint is poured onto the canvas, then moved with the body, like a Sufi dancer spinning into stillness. The paint finds its own path across the surface, delighting the Seeing whichever way it goes. Layers upon layers are created until a maze of colour sits reflecting the viewer. Then for reasons that are never understood, it is time for white, which is poured to cover and reveal a new form. And the Seeing is yet again exponentially delighted.

The titles for each piece seem to arise via internal promptings when meditating or listening/reading non-dual material. The words of Adyashanti and Rupert Spira seem to hit a particular note.

My studio practice is pretty organic, directed by an internal calling. This can mean days, weeks and even months can go by before the pull arises. However it often appears, in retrospect, that a sequence of ‘promptings’ have pointed towards the moment when paint is in hand. I often use sound, both my own or the likes of Luke Howard for example, to settle the mind and deepen a resting in the body.

At the moment my art is an exploration of colour and movement within the simplicity of a circle, starting and finishing with my first love – white. Keeping it slow and simple is how it is these days, for it is that which is innate within us all that has my full attention, and the seeming ‘stopping’ that catches a glimpse.

If you would like to see more of my artwork including paintings, collage and jewellery please click below to visit my website.

www.melindablairpaterson.com

Mx

2 thoughts on “my art in awareness

    1. Hi Jean (hope I got your first name right or is it jeanne?)
      Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my blog and comment. I would love to have a look at your blog if you’d like to send me the link.
      I’m enjoying this experience of writing, sharing and connecting. It’s certainly taking my creativity to a new level. 🙂 Mx

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