Showing posts with label feng shui. Show all posts
Showing posts with label feng shui. Show all posts

October 9, 2020

Painting Energy, and Feng Shui



So I've been feng schui-ing my apartment the last few days. It's very interesting. Little changes, like moving my bed two inches to the left, or putting a little mirror in the corner to reflect more light, are making big shifts in the energy of the space. I like this idea of tangible energy. I'm embracing the notion that indeed, Everything is energy. 

If we could see all things like that, like we're all connected, we're all energy, flowing or not flowing, how would we behave differently? And if we could know exactly what we want and name it, how often would we get it?

"Energy flows where intention goes". I just saw that on a friend's FB page.

This is certainly true in my painting practice. When I have a very clear idea of what I want a painting to convey, it usually succeeds. And I know that from talking to viewers about their experience of the work. The only reason it doesn’t happen more often is because I’m not sure what I want most of the time. 


I think the trick to success is combining a clear intention/desire with an equal amount of ambition, and perseverance, to actively see it through. You have to put the desire into action. And that’s only possible when we are uninhibited, and freely living in the present. Not stuck in the past or the future. 


This is now turning into a pep talk to myself, but hopefully you get the idea!


This also reminds me of two things I was recently listening to. The Conversation with Michael Shaw, and Gorky’s Granddaughter, two of my favorite art podcast/blogs. The episode with Howard el-Yasin I found particularly interesting. He talks about claiming space, and naming things in order to possess them.


It seems an appropriate reaction to this most discrepant time, to be in search of some free flowing harmony. I think I'll go write a list of things I want now!