size: 5.75” x 8”,
Technique: Drawing, colored pencil on paper.
Mindstream Series of Drawings
I began this series of drawings after reading about the concept of mindstream in Buddhist philosophy, which is literally described as “the stream of mind,” it’s the moment-to-moment flow of sense impressions and mental phenomena.
As we have moved indoors and now endure increased isolation, I am struck by an ever-present need to balance inner peace and creatively connecting with others via artwork (in spite of social distancing). As with all my work, drawing is an introspective process – I find myself reflecting on the inner journey, about letting go of old forms and opening to new ones, of balancing the path inwards with the pathway outwards. The choreography of shapes and colors creates a motion across the paper, a fluid yet gently turbulent “stream of mind” that arises and passes away in each moment.
The Mindstream series are all done in prismacolor pencils on Stonehenge paper.
Artist: Bill Santelli