Breathe in breathe out, mind clear, body relaxed, onions, sandwich bread, yogurt…OOPS, breathe in breathe out, mind clear, body relaxed, after work I’ll drive too… Oops….and so goes my meditation practice. I try, that’s something and sometimes I hit a zone that tells me I want to keep at it. I know I’m not the only one so if anyone out there has some good tips or resources for us mediocre meditators I would be happy to hear from you. And while I can’t always seem to keep my mind clear for more than 30 seconds I seem to keep coming back to it in practice and in art. For the past six months I have been working with the same theme of breath and presence (see past posts: post 11/30/12 & post 3/8/13). I have cycled back around this spring with the same image in a different medium, fabric. For those of you following my progress you know I’ve been doing some art quilting so it came to me that I could monoprint on fabric just as well as paper then quilt the pieces. I spent some time experimenting with this idea on these pieces. Then I decided to make a large stencil of the seated figure and use some of the fabric I marbled (post 3/15/12) to play with the idea of breath and the fluid nature of the meditative exercise. I like where this work is going and the combining of materials and mediums…and so even if my meditation is meandering then my art keeps reminding me to simply breathe.
As requested by you dear readers I have had the cards made of the breathe images. They are post card style but the back is nearly blank (with some artist info). I am selling them for $15 for a pack of 12 cards (two of each of the six images), the fabric pieces are also for sale follow the link to see more breathe banners.