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Gothic Fantasy paintings by Jemima Mantle

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Mindfulness Monday #40

This week has been a week of reflection.

I didn’t have anything in particular that I wanted to draw this week. Usually I’ll get an urge to start with a skull or a flower or perhaps I’m yearning to create a little furry creature, but not this week. So I thought back to some old techniques, freely drawing shapes to the music. This technique allows the music to effect the breath, to move the pen, to create shapes devoid of conscious thought. I used this to build a framework for the two pages and then started to fill different areas with different patterns as the mood took me.

What’s interesting to me is that it almost acts as a showcase for what I’ve learned over the last 40 weeks. This is a collection of patterns, lines and forms that I’ve become very comfortable with over the course of the project. They have come out of a mindful concentration not on the drawing itself, but on the emotion behind it. When I’m painting I get very focussed on what I’m doing and it’s mindfulness in a different state. It’s the total abandonment of everything else. This project however is almost about the abandonment of art. It’s not drawing to create art, it’s drawing to tap into the calm and peaceful state that painting takes me to. In a way this week’s pages are a showcase of forms which are visual representations of the process of accessing calm, and accessing your breath.

Mindfulness Mondays 40

Mindfulness Monday #39

The last two weeks have brought some diversity into this project, which is important developmentally but I felt I needed to get back in touch with the heart of this project. I wanted to get lost this week, think about the pen moving across the page, the flow of the breath working with the flow of the ink. Whilst I felt this connection with the drawing from Week 37, filming it definitely interrupts the process and takes you out of the experience.
So I feel that this week’s drawing is very pure, very honest and speaks to me on quite a personal level. I find it very calm and comforting. I wonder… how does it make you feel?

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