Presence In Painting is the practice of intense focus while creating. The focus is on allowing creative energy to move through me without my thoughts getting in the way. I am a witness and observer remaining neutral to the process.
There is a flow, a rhythm, and performance so to speak. Once the substrate is prepared - through layers of gesso and mark making with intention - I approach the canvas as an experience about to happen, and within the flow, I embark on a new journey.
Abstract painting, in particular, is a vehicle for me to connect to all that surrounds me and that is in me. The practice of Presence In Painting, much like meditation, allows a new version or perspective of me to show up. It's truly liberating and exhilarating.
Poldi holds a MFA degree in Arts and Consciousness from the School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley CA with an emphasis on studio arts and painting. AbstractArtCoach.com
A California native Julianna loves the desert for the magical sunsets and infinite skies which offer endless inspiration. She currently resides between Palm Springs, CA and Sedona, AZ.
“Painting calls for skill of hand in order to discover things not seen, that hide themselves under the shadow of natural objects, and to fix them with the hand, presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist.” (Leonardo da Vinci)
“Painting means gaining control without impeding the creative process.” (Don Farrell)
Paintings are effective when they contain form and formlessness, gradations and flats, recessions and protrusions, losts and founds, opacities and transparencies, fecundity and paucity, and leave the viewer to put in some of the flourishes. “I shut my eyes in order to see.” (Paul Gauguin)