Whatever method you choose to achieve a peaceful state of consciousness, there is one element every practice holds in common; it is beauty. World Religions have created some of the most harmonious art and ethereal spaces for spiritual practice. If unbalanced thought and action results in inner turmoil, then beauty and balance can restore peace. Walter Russell says, “Beauty is the result of balanced rhythm and thought. Fear, failure and disease come from unbalanced thoughts and actions. Therefore one must always seek out beauty when one desires health and happiness.”
Why Egg Tempera? Uncontrollable possibilities.
Egg tempera painting, is like life, patiently controlled through discipline and surprised by the unknown. Somehow through perseverance, despite the inconsistencies, long hours applying layer on layer, color on color, beauty emerges as a modern icon and peace has enveloped my life.
When I paint, sometimes I feel the link between the human and the divine. Beautiful icons are devotional art. The beauty and peace they represent, existentially alters our state of being. I think the act of painting, and the prayer, and the image all combine, and there, a tiny mystical encounter happens between me and God, (i.e. matter and consciousness). It is this peaceful painting and opening I hope my students experience through the technique and practice.
My suggestion, ………practice, patience and prayer….. any technique deeply