“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Updated: Dec 30, 2019
When I was 17, I painted a replica of the Saint-Exupery’s 3 baobabs taking over Little Prince’s planet. I painted it on the glass door of my room. I used oil paints for the first time in my life and I still remember the specific vapour of the turpentine emanating from the picture and filling the entire space. I loved the effect. I painted another tree, this time much bigger, on the wall of my room. It was black with roots disappearing in the wall’s verging on the floor and the naked branches reaching beyond the ceiling. Both paintings stayed there long after I moved out, long after my parents and grandmother passed away. In those years, I also took professional painting classes, however these were not about intuitive contemplation, but about techniques. I loved those classes but they were not IT.
At some point, living in the South of Austria in my mid 20-ties, I began to imagine a picture of a cosmic tree and I felt a growing urge to paint it for real. I used oil paints again, but despite my desire to reproduce the atmosphere from my dream, the actual creation was disappointingly dark and I abandoned the project for years expanding other horizons than painting. But that wasn’t IT again.
And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
First time I realised that I can paint again was when I took Vedic Art classes. Painting rooted in the Eastern philosophy made accessible to the West by Curt Kallman, the Swedish artist (1938 – 2010), who described Vedic Art as a structure that embodies wholeness. Ram Yantra (the structure) is designed to enliven our awareness of being here and now, to manifest infinite intelligence that can be transferred from mind to body and body to mind via intuitive painting. Ram Yantra awakens consciousness of our individuality. It relies on the Taoist notion of Qi, which is everything that the universe is composed of, where matter and energy are interchangeable. The concept of Qi crosses the fields of philosophy, art, spirituality, natural science and medicine. It equally informs the artist who learned how to paint, the visionary and the child innocent of knowledge, it penetrates the soul and the psychosomatic functioning of the body.
All in all, intuitive painting is a form of meditation upon your individuality in the world. For some it can be a therapy that heals anxieties and pain. For some, it is a way to re-discover one’s inner desires and potentials. However it come through, it is an experience of being together with oneself and contemplating life as it has been given to us, one and only. There used to be a saying that for a human to realise him/herself in life, they have to plant a tree, build a house and create a child. I say that there are many ways to revise THE SELF. One of them is to paint a picture that reflects on your soul and body in one.