Corinne maakt

My drawing and painting life

Zen and art

2014-09-03 12.52.19I was inspired to write this post by a photo on the Facebook page of SoulSpeak Studio;  an image stating rules about living mindful or Zen and living. It was shared by my artist friend Shena Meadowcroft on August 23rd.

Shena’d found these lines about the art of Zen and living on a facebook page called Unify. Go and look  up the image if you like. It went like:

Zen things:

– Do one thing at the time.

– Do it slowly and deliberately.

and so on…


Shena quoted this and asked: ‘Can you translate this into your practicing art making’. An interesting question. I tried and came up with the following.


Zen and art:

– Do one technique at a time.

– Enjoy the doing as much as the finishing.

– Make the painstaking detail work into a kind of meditation. Enjoy it.

– Make sure you do several pieces in this one technique (next to of after another).

– Really experience the finishing of it. Celebrate!

– Reflect on what you’ve learned from making this piece. Enjoy it.

– Reflect on what you liked doing this piece.

– Enjoy the simple things: the parts you like.  (For a moment, forget the parts you don’t like) Celebrate, crop, display.

– Enjoy making the next thing even better.

– Enjoy the mistakes. Learn and move on.



I’m adding a piece I was working on. By the time I will be finished, it will be a bird, I’m sure. But it was fun doing this background. I enjoyed it tremendously. Looking for beautiful papers. Tearing. Gluing. Adding crayons. Wetting and activating the marks. Brayering with gesso. Spraying inks. Brown. Yellow. Some Green. Orange. Red. Red. Red. Letting it drip. Drip drip drip. Letting it dry. 😉


6 comments on “Zen and art

  1. Petra ja
    September 4, 2014

    So many good thoughts around art making. Well done.

  2. Zosh
    September 13, 2014

    Beautiful work and sharing here. I was given a roll of rice type paper and looking forward to utilizing it in a variety of applications from photography to oil pastes, inks, it does go on an on.

    My favourite style of art is the Japanese style of wabi-sabi, the honouring of nature’s simple and beautiful transitions stages.

    Will connect with on Facebook.


    • corinnebekker
      September 13, 2014

      Thanks for connecting Zosh! I just saw your photos on Facebook, and would love to see more. Are you on Flickr too?
      Best, Corinne

  3. lovingrd
    October 1, 2014

    Great approach/suggestions. 🙂

  4. jackiemcgarry
    October 4, 2014

    I like this Corinne. A good reminder. I’ll try and apply some of the ideas when I do some more work on a painting later today.

    • corinnebekker
      October 7, 2014

      Thanks Jackie. I would be interested to find out what you experienced.

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