Flower Flow - Kat Mandala
"Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river." -Lao Tzu
What Have You Done?
"In my defence I was left unsupervised." -Lee St. John
My meditative drawing practice... by Dean Hart
I begin with a complete absence of conscious thought about what I am drawing. My intention is to draw, not to draw something. As someone* smart once said, “there are no things, there are processes and patterns”.
So I put pencil to paper and draw. My only focus being the lines appearing in front of me. The different shapes forming with the angle and sweep of the pencil in my hand. The way the lines change as the pencil tip wears and then sharpening the pencil over and over, this may be my favourite part of the whole process.
To what level my conscious or unconscious is driving what's happening on the paper is not clear. I try not to attach any value; right, wrong, good, bad. I have no idea of what I am creating or what it should be like. Inevitably, I will recognise a pattern forming that my attention will follow for a while. As different shapes and patterns progress, they eventually begin to have some directional influence and when nearing completion I will start to intentionally add elements.