Mindfulness: About Guidance and some Nice Tiles


Principal and outdoor altar, Aylesford Priory

Principal and outdoor altar, Aylesford Priory

I promised in my last art blog to write in this one about arrows and keys (an aspect of my Below the Line art project). Well, I’m clearly, by the title of this blog, going to write about something else!

Writing about guidance more than hints I believe there is a force at large which gives guidance. This is based on personal perception and experience.

It’s possible I’m wrong. What I call guidance, somebody else might call mind. Or self-delusion. Some people insist there’s no meaning to life. I’m not interested in trying to herd anybody along any particular road. Well, that’s not quite true. I am interested in persuading people in the direction of mindfulness.  I mean, how do you make up your mind if you’re not in your right mind? The world’s in a mess because we’re all out of our minds. A messy world’s very uncomfortable for some people, like street kids who scavenge from municipal waste tips every day for a crust of bread.

Mindfulness has managed to get itself a bad name. Mindful people are ridiculed as dreamy tree-hugging meditators; and passive. I think the opposite is true.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATruly mindful people are unherdable; they are more likely to be rebels – to take the road less travelled – because they are thinkers and questioners. Thinking and questioning leads to action, not passivity. Wasn’t Jesus an active rebel? Gandhi? Yep. They were so irritating they got killed for it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hope you like the nice tiles. If you’ve read my Aylesford Priory blog, you’ll recognise them as being from the front of the principal altar (which is outdoors, by the way).

The final image here is of the early stages of a small encaustic I’ve been developing. I’ve blogged about this too (proof that it dates to earlier than my visit to Aylesford!)  As soon as I saw the tiles, I thought of this encaustic.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn both my encaustic and the tiles, the images come about by scratching a design through a light surface to a darker one. The arty name for this is sgraffito.

When I saw these gorgeous and meaningful tiles and the sgraffito technique used to make them I felt I was being guided in my artistic journey towards this technique in my work. That the technique had been placed before me.

I don’t think it matters if I’m wrong. The Eighth Bowl Early Stages Extract

I will write about  arrows and keys in my next art blog. Unless I feel guided otherwise.

Have a mindful Monday.

Ann

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6 Responses to Mindfulness: About Guidance and some Nice Tiles

  1. williamricci says:

    Great post, thank you for sharing.

  2. Susan says:

    Ann, your post is grounding given the business of my life. I feel very thankful for you. I have a friend who is interpreting Keys To The Cure…. regarding regenerative medicine. She is Kelly Milukas, an artist who inspires many. Someday I might just find myself in your part of the world.

    • AnnIsikArts says:

      How exceedingly kind, but I promise you would be disappointed in me. I’m very good at talking, but the walking … hence the name of my blog I suppose: Poetic Mapping: Walking into Art. Sounds like a disaster, is a disaster! You would be welcome to come and be disappointed in me any time though. I’ll look up your friend. She sounds interesting. Ann

  3. Susan says:

    I already commented thanking you for grounding me. I gained calm from reading your post.

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