Adapt for painting the Zen practice in which the adept views then discards each thought as it arises with the simple statement, “Not me.”
Make marks: Paint, wax, crayon, gouache,shoe polish, lipstick.
Work the surface: Rub, push, scrape, heat, tarnish.
Moisten: Water, saliva, solvent.
Wipe clean the surface. Allow to remain only that which is essential.
Repeat as necessary.
Stop when done.
Reductive, the coil/loop/spring/spiral signifies any thing.
Structure within which patterns emerge.
I am looking for something essential. Unambiguous. True. Real. Unadulterated. Something that stands on its own. That feels just right. That I recognize. Finding it within the painting process is the way I grapple with the universe.