Technique and Spirituality
For at least three millenniums or more cultures have developed art forms in honor of God and Goddesses, to express what cannot be seen.
Egg tempera Painting, like any other art medium, potentially allows the practitioner to connect with the spiritual world. We assume the challenge to try and make visible that which is divinely felt but not seen. It is a secret visual language no literature or any other form of communication can replace. Similar to a mantra, each stroke repeated while painting is a private and silent inquiry which gradually brings forth a particular image. Mind is making Matter.
The technique and the spiritual, have a reciprocal relationship, “the spiritual makes the hand and the hand makes the spirit” The use of Egg Tempera as the Technique takes us further, it is not just the physical application but the medium itself. Egg tempera operate as a symbol in harmony with spirit; we move the earth with the essence of life (egg yolk, raw potential for life). The other day someone asked me what I do? And I said, “I paint pictures of God with dirt!”. Tempera is a simple technique intimately linked to ones spiritual growth. What matters is the consciousness in the hand, which becomes a gift to the beholder.
Love Releases All Things
The love of any technique inevitably influences what the artist’s creates. In my case it is devotional or sacred art, but the same is true of any deep practice. With perseverance the two aspects of practice and creativity meld in one’s daily life, ultimately realizing we are divine image walking. Humankind is imbued with the brush stroke of God. A musician begins loving the actual instrument, fascinated by its resonant harmonies, and understanding how it functions before being able to invent sound which speaks at will. The order is something like, from desire to mind, to practice, to offering what has been created. A cloudy thought can thereby become more precise utilizing technique as well as spirit. In short, art is the unified beauty in which technique and spirituality cannot be separated.