In all my interactions with people with whom I discuss my approach to art, my ethos/wish is always to keep it very simple. The same principle applies when viewing my abstracts as a focal point while exercising mindfulness, you are simply sitting and looking at the painting for a few minutes, without any constraints or any pre-requisite knowledge of art. Because my work is purely abstract, with no representational shapes, no fixed orientation, not even a title (I ‘name’ my pieces only for reference, e.g. Orianna), your interaction with my work is free of any suggestion, totally uninhibited, completely unrestricted and, over time, almost fluid and different each time. Other external factors – lighting, temperature of the room, the time of day, the orientation of the piece, etc – also come into play to impact the overall viewing experience and further ensure that each interaction with my work is unique.
Your mind is focused and in the driving seat as you immerse yourself into the intricacies of each work, discovering new shapes, textures, and conjuring up new imagery. There is also the added dimension of engaging with my work in a tactile manner, exploring the heavily textured shapes using your sense of touch which many people find to be very calming and therapeutic; often evoking new feelings and emotions within the viewer.
Once you are done, you will realise that you practised mindfulness. You will feel refreshed and in a better state to deal with what was stressing you. A simple yet effective technique that you can do, anytime, to take a break from anxiety and stress. Mindfulness is a quick and easy technique that sounds simple but once you do it and it makes you feel good, it changes you in a very positive way. When you do it regularly and reap the rewards of how wonderful it makes you feel, you will feel empowered in all areas of your life.
Some people find it easy to practice mindfulness without the need for focusing on something but having worked with a very wide range of people, I found that it really helps some people if they can concentrate on something that engages them. For me, it is my art.