Sep 24, 2020
[Oil on Canvas, 36"x 36"]
Have you ever heard of a “liquid state of
mind”? It refers to a mind free of control, resistance, and anxieties, a mind
that is fluid and detached. In this day and age, the idea of having peace of
mind almost seems outrageous. If it’s so hard to achieve a liquid state of
mind, I figured I’d explore this concept in a painting.
Of course, great minds have been
philosophizing for centuries about the concept of the mind as a stormy sea.
There are meditative practices that invite the individual to picture their
inner being as a calm ocean or their thoughts as leaves in a stream. Still,
this exercise is easier said than done. I hope that this piece will remind
viewers to be like water - detached, ever-flowing, moving past obstacles in
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The composition has a very watery texture, but there is more than meets the eye. Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise Light, and Manganese Blue Hue swim across the canvas, bleeding into each other while flowing wherever they please. It creates an appealing variation in the texture, too. Notice how a dark blue form peeks in from the left-hand side, similar to an intrusive thought.
On the right side of the
canvas, there are bright splashes of Permanent Rose, Rose Madder
(Quinacridone), and Light Pink. They enter the composition seamlessly, yet they
have a commanding presence. Even though the blues and pinks contrast each
other, the final result is a compelling visual representation, almost a
In a way, the human mind is like that. It’s a beautiful thing, and yet it can become easily muddled and turbulent. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche once said, “Your mind is like water. When agitated, it becomes difficult to see, but if allowed to settle, the answer becomes clear”.
This piece is a reminder to adopt a liquid state of mind. We can grasp our thoughts or let them flow into the universe. The colors in this painting blend and mix without knowing, and I accept where they go. In the end, something lovely comes of it, and perhaps the same can be said for our thoughts.