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Artist Ann Rea
  • All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. - Eckhart Tolle
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All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. - Eckhart Tolle
[caption id="attachment_751" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="San Francisco based Artist & CEO"]San Francisco based Artist & CEO[/caption] This quote struck me as true. Eckhart Tolle understands artists.  This particular understanding of creativity is reflected in my tagline, “Savor the colors of the moment™". When I’m in a state of creative flow, it’s true, I have no mind, I’m not thinking.  So when someone asks “What were you thinking when you painted that painting?”  I often have to fish around for something to say.  Because really, I wasn’t thinking much. Something, some quality, simply caught my attention initially. After that, if the creative process is flowing, I’m not thinking.  I’m feeling and letting go. It can be a challenge to say much at all about a painting or even come up with the title.  The titles to my paintings are really not all that poetic. Describing a painting is such a literal exercise imposed upon an inexplicable creative expression.  But people appreciate knowing the story and my motivation behind a painting that they are interested in.  That said,  I often don’t say much. With “no-mind” comes an inner stillness.  It’s the lessened mental chatter one experiences with practiced meditation.  It’s no wonder that art is used as therapy.  After I’ve completed a painting I often feel that I’ve hit the reset button on my thinking.  And physically I’m more relaxed. Eckhart Tolle, famed author of “The Power of Now”, has it right.
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