It’s a simple concept…everything is connected. Just think about surfing the web when investigating an idea. Options appear, links pop up…and then suddenly you’re getting advertisements related to your search. My interconnectedness involves the development and composition of the painting. The marks I make in one part of the painting will likely echo somewhere else; the colors and shapes I use should enhance one another; your eye should move around the painting because the elements I have used induce you to do so. Every step of the process is full of nuances, possibilities, options and decisions. The goal is to engage the viewer.

Painting from the Buddhist Perspective

To be clear, I think I incorporate some of the principles of Buddhism into my life and art practice but I am not a true 100% Buddhist. I love and embrace the writings of Thich Nhat Hahn and I do also embrace the concepts of interconnectedness and impermanence. Nowadays people are calling it intersectionality but the Buddhist philosophy has always had the lead with regard to this concept.

How do impermanence and interconnectedness relate to my art? As a cold wax and oil painter, these concepts manifest themselves throughout the creative process. Painting with cold wax medium and using any tool available means I am generally always in flux. It means having a sense of trust in my vision and skills, an ability to “listen” to the painting. It is always evolving and it will “tell” me when it is done. Francis Bacon said “all art is an accident…but it is not an accident because the artist gets to choose which accidents to keep”.

More on interconnectedness in my next post. Art is not a thing. It’s a way.