Painting is a kind of meditation. It is a respite from the constant distractions of the world without and the monkey mind within. When I pick up the brush, the chatter of the mind recedes and the outside world fades away, and I become present in the moment.
I try to let the painting to happen on its own. All decisions occur intuitively, without conscious thought. This is called being “in the painting.”
After the last stroke of paint is affixed to the canvas, I step back from the easel, out of the painting. As if by magic, an empty canvas has become full, almost without me doing anything at all. The painting is done, and I am always surprised by the result.