In his book, The Mission of Art, Alex Grey speaks of the spiritually transformative potential of art. I feel deeply the truth of this, both in the transformative power of creating art and the transformative power possible through the act of viewing art.
The process of painting keeps me connected to the source, the mystery, the one, from which we come. And on good days, some how or other magic happens, the images flow, and a painting appears. Time stops as I exist in the moment and the power of color and form flows through me and out onto the canvas.
I remember the first time I saw Mark Rothko’s work live and in person, so to speak. It was many years ago at the Whitney Museum in NY. There was a room dedicated to Rothko’s color field paintings. I spent a very long time sitting in the room, looking and looking at the paintings. I felt transformed to a place of peace and harmony. I felt a deep connection to the source- a feeling beyond words – a feeling which gave me a momentary glimpse into the deep mystery we call life.
Art created from the heart has the power to produce feelings of love, beauty, joy, and harmony. It has the power to heal and to bless us. It can be a portal to the timeless dimension of the sacred.
I recently finished this painting, The Seed Becomes the Rose. My fascination with the Seed of Life pattern continues as it is the seed from which the Flower of Life grows. The is a visual expression of the connections life weaves through all of creation.
Have you had a transformative experience with art?