Before beginning to paint, whether starting on a new blank canvas or continuing with the next layer of paint, if we take a moment to connect with ourselves, and how we are feeling, and then make a choice to let go of all other distractions - the to-do lists and what happened yesterday - the mind settles to the task at hand and we can focus.
Painting with a level of stillness and clarity ensures that the painting will convey that energy, it won't carry emotion or drive or any need to be liked.
Have you ever noticed how you feel when looking at paintings, perhaps in a gallery or on a wall at home?
Every painting or artwork carries the energy of the maker, and knowing this and how we are affected means there is a level of responsibility with making our art.
Painting with Presence - breathing gently - will ensure the body is not stressed, the mind stays focussed, and time comes to us. This feels light and spacious in the body, and this is the quality of energy we can offer the viewer.