Painting as Meditation

Landscape #2

I plan on doing a number of these landscapes in the coming weeks as a way to practice perspective, shading, brush techniques. I get the sense right now that I am using too much paint and not using the brush correctly yet, but HEY that how it goes for every newbie! Overall I felt good about the reflection, the trees, and the shoreline. Like my last landscape I still haven’t figured out how to get the mid-ground right. When I started on this canvas, I botched the mountains. They were basically purple, so I repainted the entire canvas and let it dry so I could start again. That is one of the nice things about painting with acrylic. The paint dries pretty quickly so if you want to make something different, you can just start again.

This week I have been thinking a lot about the intersection of justice and faith, which makes me think about how art can be used to fight injustice. There is a powerful series of public art murals called The Za’atari Project. These paintings at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan bring transformation and advocate for social change. The beauty of the work and the message is inspiring. Something to think about.

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