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Mediative Drawings
 

Drawing is thinking in a visual form, it is a way of slowing down, observing and bringing a quiet contemplation and attention to the present moment in time, in doing it can so produce a calm engagement with the world.

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In between painting on canvas, whilst new layers dry; I have been quietly drawing on paper using watercolour, as a way to slow down and some quiet contemplation. 

 These drawings reflect my recent interest that observing and spending time in nature can affect our well-being positively, resulting in a enhanced sense of calm and reduce anxiety. It is these healing and positive feelings I have tapped into whilst on nature and whilst drawing.

When drawing these organic, botanical shapes repeatedly they work as mediative quiet watercolour drawings, with the intention to enhance well being and provide a sense of peace and calm. Observing natural forms helps alleviate stress wether in nature or on paper.

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This week... A walk in the forest

How do we look at a scene what' do you take in what is left with you after you have left that place?

After walking in a forest the greens and textures and sounds become distilled into moments played out in these drawings.  I'm interested in how you can view art so you see the work on a macro and micro level just like looking out in a forest. Tony leaves and huge trees with the distances all on the same plane. It's a challenge and joy to try and translate moments and perspectives from nature into canvas.

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Nature and the mind
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Whilst creating my latest series I started to wonder why I am drawn to creating these paintings. My art is primarily a way to express my emotions, the vehicle I use for this is colour, and the other constant thread is that I keep reinterpreting nature. I realised recently that whenever I'm feeling really anxious, I go to the park and stare at the leaves on the trees, I find trees really calming, and the flowers in full bloom bring a joy to my heart. What I was doing was being present to that moment, looking at the leaves dance in the sunshine, or the flowers in full bloom, really looking it made me present to just that moment in time.

Nature can have such a positive affect on the mind, and living in London I realise I seek out this calmness in between the hectic busyness of the streets and traffic. There is always a new world you can be fully immersed in even if thats for 60seconds as you watch the private dance of the leaves overhead. There is great mystery to nature, and that is what also intrigues me and inspires me to paint. I hope that these emotions and energy come through in the art for you to see.

 

 

 

Inspired, mindfulLaura GeeComment
Matisse's 'Goldfish' is a reminder to be present.
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This painting 'Goldfish' 1912 by Matisse has been inspiring my new series. The colours, brush strokes and the focus of looking at a small moment; the fish swimming.  Matisse is inviting us to stop and be present to this moment, to enjoy the colours, the movement of the fish, to just be for a second. This has inspired and helped me to understand my new work which has been based on flower gardens.

The pleasure of being present to small moments of nature everyday, such as the full bloom of flowers,leaves moving in the wind, the colours of a garden, these moments have inspired my new work. It is with that intention that I created this new series, to sooth, calm, inspire and energise, art just like nature can have a soothing and calming affect on the mind