Zentangle is a form of art that seems quite popular these days for relaxing and relieving stress. I have also heard of color books for adults that help calm you down. The more we advance in technology, the more I see people coming closer to art too. Some want to get away from it and try traditional art forms and some use technology to satisfy their creative muse. But they all create which leads to happiness and peace within. It’s like meditating in your personal way.
Applying Mehndi (Henna) feels like meditation to me. I just concentrate on the design and its placement which is refreshing for someone looking at the computer screen for 8hrs a day.
What art form helps you meditate?
I can’t seem to recollect how I got into pottery. If I think hard, it was boredom that lead to my search for a hobby class where I could meet people and learn something creative. I used to work from home you see. The memory seems to be coming back as I type this post. Aah yes, it was one of the photography pages on Facebook that got me interested in pottery. A photographer I follow had taken shots of pottery pieces by an upcoming artist and they were gorgeous. So, I googled pottery and found Lincoln Square Pottery Studio in Irving park, IL.
At first I wasn’t sure if I would like pottery. So, I tried two workshops one on hand building and another on wheel throwing. I liked wheel throwing although it’s more hard work and joined the 8 week course on basics of wheel throwing.
As I learnt more and created new pieces of earthenware, I fell in love with pottery and it’s the closest I have come to meditating. The wheel’s circular motion is very soothing. Also, you need to give full attention to molding the piece in front of you. It’s not easy but the whole activity is calming. Of course for some people wheel throwing can be frustrating as a wrong move can ruin all your hard work. But if you work with a tranquil mind the end result is satisfying. You feel like a monk 😊. Well at least I felt like one. Happy and peaceful.
Below are some of my pottery creations,
Unfinished tea glass
Hand built Piggy Bank (unfinished)
Mortar and Pestal
Small Pot and Bowl
Two Asian tea cups, two pitcher lids and one large plate
Rangoli at the Indian Temple
It is said that Rangoli is made at an entrance to welcome the deities. Traditionally, Rangoli is made with color powders but the above Rangoli design was painted at the entryway of an Indian temple near Atlanta.