I’m delighted too. Imagine my joy at meeting a painter and artisan whose practice is driven by the desire to express “that which is innate within us all” in an offering of beauty – right here in my little hometown, Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia.
Welcome to the artisans’ gallery, Melinda Blair Paterson (drum roll!)
From Melinda’s page:
At the moment my art is an exploration of colour and movement within the simplicity of a circle, starting and finishing with my first love – white. Keeping it slow and simple is how it goes these days, for it is that which is innate within us all that has my full attention, and the seeming ‘stopping’ that catches a glimpse.
Melinda Blair Paterson, Sahaja Earth, 1200×1200, acrylic on canvas, 2014
The paint is poured onto the canvas, then moved in tandem with the body, like a Sufi dancer spinning into stillness. The paint finds its own path across the surface, delighting the Seeing whichever way it goes. Layers upon layers are created until a maze of colour sits reflecting the viewer. Then for reasons that are never understood, it is time for white, which is poured to cover and reveal a new form. And the Seeing is yet again exponentially delighted.
Visit Melinda’s page to view more examples of her work
and read the entire text:
melinda blair paterson
To create from a genuine place is what helps one rise above fixations. There is a sense of beauty in everything and any creation arises as a natural process. Transcending fixations enables one to combine art with spiritual practice. Then there is movement with a bigger view – light with dark, small mind with big mind, abstract with form, form with formlessness – it is all observed in the mind and reflected in the art. In the process one enters into a state of openness – completely free and non-judgmental.
To allow oneself the freedom to play while abiding in discipline without attachment or aversion brings joy and delight to the process of creation. At the same time one tries to capture something from deep within and enter into the movement of what is in front of you, of what you have created. Then just leave it at that, and be content, however uncomfortable it may be.
– Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche:
On Abstract Art and Natural Creativity
Continue reading this excellent article at the Dharma|Arte website
(Dharma teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche uses another name on his artist’s cap: Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel.)
Image © copyright Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel
kongtrul jigme namgyel at the artisans’ gallery
creative energy, the essence of everything