sTrain of Thought

Mixed media on 8x10 stretched canvas.
[rice paper, ink, acrylic]
I've been reading Eckhart Tolles A New Earth of late... trying to stay present while I am painting. I find it much easier to stay in the moment while painting than any other activity... until reading this book, it never occured to me to try and stay present in the rest of my life. Funny... I knew art was a sort of way of meditation, a path to mindfulness/ mindlessness for me in the past... yet I just accepted that the rest of life had to be lived in time... lost in the machinations of the mind and ego. Art for thought or thoughtlessness?