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Four Artists, 12 Months: Month #11 – “Meditative”

It’s month #11 of a year-long collaborative project utilizing Ampersand Gessobord! Every month, four artists have been interpreting a theme with the medium of their choice on a 12″x12″ Deep Cradled Ampersand Gessobord. They will all participate together for an exhibition at the end of the 12 months. See our original post for the details of this year-long collaboration.

Month 11’s theme is “Meditative” and is to be interpreted using cool purples and blues.

Andrea Raft
“Be Mindful”
Acrylic Paint, Metal Leaf on Ampersand Cradled Gessobord 12″x12″

The restorative power of art.  Be here now.  Still the mind, think less, feel more.  Focus on the space you are in, in the here and now.  I invite the viewer to be restful and at peace, to feel more relaxed, and in the moment.  Be mindful!”

Pat Kodet
“Deeper Space ”
Acrylic Paint on Ampersand Cradled Gessobord 12”x12”

I wanted this painting to have deep space to show going beyond the surface as a painting and a state of mind.


Meg Walling
“The Silence Between the Notes”
Oil, Cold Wax, and Holographic Foil on Ampersand Cradled Gessobord 12″x12″

To live a conscious life, John O’Donohue (my favorite Irish poet-priest) says that we need to constantly refine our listening.  To listen hard, I know to clear my mind of clutter and be still. Easier said than done for me because, within a very short time, my mind strays into refining my to-do lists.  Perhaps, if I could focus on jellyfish, those pulsating, undulating, drifting, more-water-than-substance sea creatures, I could learn to refine my listening and finally hear the silence between the notes.

Sylvia Torres
“The Wave”
Collaged paper, paint, and ink on Cradled Gessobord 12”x12”

This collage was inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s 19th-century woodcut, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, the most famous of his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

In my interpretation of this work, there are no boats in peril, no threat of injury, no danger.

Here “THE WAVE” has a gentler, kinder meditative mission, yet delivers peace and strength.

This work and my other collages are constructed of remnants of my large stash of handprinted papers, gelatin prints, and an odd mix of magazine images, all of which I can’t seem to discard. The combining of these treasured fragments is an absorbing process and a very meditative one.

One thought on “Four Artists, 12 Months: Month #11 – “Meditative””

  1. Avatar Diane Moore says:

    Fantastic paintings…each one! And inspiration for further reading! Thank you!

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