Zen Meditation: Miro’s Greater Intensity Through Simplification


Quotes by Joan Miro.



“Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension.”

Left: Harlequin’s Carnival, Joan Miro, 1924



“I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness.”

Right: Blue II (2nd part of triptych), Joan Miro, 1961


Monica Gaylor Art: Pollinating Flower Machine copyright“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.”

Left: For sale on etsy, Pollinating Flower Machine, Monica Gaylor, circa 1991, digitally manipulated 2015


Monica Gaylor art Four Circles Cream copyright

“My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details.”

Right: For sale on etsy, Four Cream Wabi Sabi Zen Circles (From the Wabi Sabi Zen Circle Series), Monica Gaylor, 2015


Meditation Assignment:

  1. Grab pillow.
  2. Sit or lay.
  3. Relax.
  4. Regulate breathing.
  5. Focus:  I think the following Miro quotes are not only wise quotes about art, but about life and the inherent Zen therein.  It’s a bit of a stretch to think of it in terms of Zen, but it’s there (in an abstract – complex to simple – taken apart – sort of way.)   Miro’s career evolved from chaotic abstract into a much simpler color field abstraction and gained intensity along the way.  Take the quotes apart and think of them in terms of the evolution of your life…
  6. Guided:  Pick any painting you like and place yourself in it – or just sit and examine it for a long time.  It is best to do this in person – so go to a museum if you can.  Examine every aspect of said painting:  the colors, brush strokes, shapes, movement, symbols, meanings, emotions, energy (calm or chaotic), patterns, light, shadow, etc.  You could even research it and the artist before you get started…

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