In the last of this series about the joy and benefits of figure/life drawing – this post touches on the spiritual element of painting.
About twenty five years ago I attended an exhibition of Titian’s work at the National Gallery, Washing DC. At that time it was the largest collection of the great master’s work brought together in one place.
It was an awe inspiring exhibition….room after room of the most sublime works. A body of work which for me represented the spiritual dimension of the human experience. There was sense of the divine and sacred.
On a more mundane note….a spiritual dimension can be experienced even when we mere mortals are immersed into the creative process.
When an artist, using any medium, gets into the rhythm and flow of their work, allowing an intense connection with their subject, sometimes that tips over into something else – which is profound.
This applies to all forms of creativity – including those moments when we commune with nature. Moments when we experience with great awe and wonder the divine force of the natural world.
Painting models in a life group is the perfect environment in which to enter that flow….and every now and then this evolves into a sense of transcendental meditation.
watercolour and felt tip pen
Even if you have never painted before….take a leap and join a group which welcomes all levels of ability. It could change your life on many levels.
I hope everyone enjoys a beautiful and creative weekend.