It has been quite some time since the last time I posted on my blog. Editing, translation & interpreting assignments along with precious endeavors of motherhood render life busy enough and writing often becomes a luxurious activity timewise. Recently, I took some time to combine two lovely fields which caused my soul to grow a lot in different ways. Yoga & Painting. Having experimented in oils for the last ten years and trying to explore the peaceful and magical world of yoga for the last six years, I have realized that painting and yoga had so much in common. First of all, they both put you in alpha state of mind and cause relaxation. That is to say, both make your mind work for you rather than against you. Secondly, they both require patience, it is unlikely that you will experience downward facing dog the same way in your 1st and 10th efforts, and you get better as time goes by. The more you try, the more you will improve but neither will get easy, for you will start seeing the depth in them. Just like your poses, your brush strokes will evolve continuously over the course of time as you work on your easel. Painting and yoga both come from within even if there is outside instruction, for this reason you have to go inside. Last but not least, both have aesthetics and grace in them. Therefore, I strongly believe that yoga postures would be a good subject matter for painting. So, why not combine them on the easel, I thought.
If a yoga pose were a painting, then the breath would be your brush. Because without the brush, you would not be able to work into it and create those spaces on the canvas. And without breath you would not be able to work into the posture and create the space in your body, mind and soul. You could perhaps muscle yourself into it but not create a space within. Yoga creates space in your body and eventually in your soul and painting creates space in your soul. They both necessitate a lot of patience, time, trial, error and courage.
My paintings which I named Grounded, Like a Tree and Purple Om mark a turning point for me as an artist for I started to feel that my paintings could be appreciated by others and are perhaps ready to make their way out from my home to a bigger world.
Grounded is my first Yoga painting. I named it that way because the girl in the painting turned out to be perfectly grounded and was able to reach in the sky so smoothly. Hopefully, we will all be grounded in Yoga and our lives like the girl in the painting.
The tree-pose painting reminded me the verses of Nazim Hikmet, a famous Turkish poet and I would like to share the translation of those verses here because they visited my mind so often as I was painting.
“To live! Like a tree, alone and free
Like a forest in brotherhood”
Currently, our World could use this mentality, for it would be a much better place if everyone made an effort to get along with each other and learn to live together. In other words, pretending to be a tree could not do any harm to anybody or any country. It will perhaps do the trick. For this reason, I named the painting Like a Tree.
The birth of Purple Om started with an undeniable craving of using purple while painting. I did not know what to paint but I knew I was going to use a lot of purple in it. Purple had to be everywhere, not only in the sky… Snow and ice would serve as a nice mirror to the sky, making my wish come true. I am sure the girl in the painting is able to hear the sound ? created by nature in that stillness in a purply setting.
These three paintings are about to make their debut in the art market. Hopefully, they will accompany and motivate many people while they practice their own art of patience.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and thanks for your encouraging appreciation and well-wishes.