The Color of Serenity: No. 3 of 40 Forts

The Color of Serenity: No. 3 of Forty Forts

The Color of Serenity: No. 3 of Forty Forts

Despite feeling a tad bit overwhelmed with this project, I still feel a calmness and peace about cutting and creating each piece. No wonder Chinese Brush Painting is a form of meditation.

According to this article:

Chinese calligraphy can bring physical and spiritual benefits to the practitioner, and can train one in discipline, patience, and persistence. As a result, many of China’s calligraphers over history have lived long and rich lives. Practicing calligraphy can even refine one’s personality and change one’s outlook on life.

I studied Chinese Brush Painting for two years. I loved it. Although I haven’t painted in quite some time now.

But this article isn’t about Chinese Brush Painting. It was taken from Awash with Color, which describes how to marbleize paper in Martha Stewart Living February 2005.

As she picked up her brush, the color of serenity washed all over her.

As she picked up her brush, the color of serenity washed all over her.

I love the idea of being washed over with a color. That led me to the phrase for this piece:

As she picked up her brush, the color of serenity washed all over her.

Palm leaves adorn the side of this tent.

Palm leaves adorn the side of this tent.

Sometimes a creative practice has that effect. Just sitting down and simply starting helps you begin to relax. If you don’t have a creative practice. I strongly encourage you to find one. Surely there is something you love to do, even if it seems insignificant. Really, it’s not.

What is (or could be) your creative outlet?


This paper sculpture, roughly the size of a coffee cup, is one of forty forts I created during Lent 2010 as a creative exercise and spiritual exploration.

Read about all of the Forty Forts.

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