A Painting Meditation

Sun Coming Up Over Maui

Sun Coming Up Over Maui

I’ve read numerous books on creativity and many suggest that you write in a journal on a daily basis.  I have been doing that for many years.  I have a ritual each morning.  I write in my journal as I have my first cup of coffee.  I am usually pretty groggy and I send up prayers to God about whatever is happening in my life, whatever happens to be on my mind, or I vent about my aches and pains, my weight, my worries, problems with a painting, etc.

The other day I started thinking about how much time I spend writing in my journal.  I spend at least 30 minutes to an hour each day on my morning pages.  The feel the time is well spent because I am in communication with my Lord.

But, still I wondered. What if I skipped my morning pages and went directly into my art room, praying as I painted. I guess you could say I would be doing a painting meditation. So, last Tuesday I decided to give it a try.

When I woke up I got a cup of coffee, dressed and went straight to my art room.  There were three unfinished paintings sitting in the corner.  Procrastination is a creativity killer!

I cleared my drafting table of paperwork, got out my brushes and opened my palette.  I picked up the first painting and prayed silently.  “Lord, I am here.  I want to glorify you with my work.  I want to be a channel of your creative will.  I am here trying to do your bidding. I need you to lead my hand, my brush, and my eyes.  Help me to finish these pieces so they are pleasing to you.”

I stayed in the studio all day.  I continued praying as I worked on each piece. I finished all three.  I was very excited to have gotten into action instead of just writing about it.  The day flew by. I had a very satisfying, creative day.

I think writing morning pages is a good practice. But, I plan on doing a painting meditation several times a week to see where it takes me. I’ll keep you posted.

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7 Responses to A Painting Meditation

  1. Dawn says:

    How beautiful!! How inspiring!! Thank you for sharing, Terry.

  2. GW says:

    I would love to see the new paintings. Beautiful picture above.

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  7. Mothercare says:

    Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

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