In the Studio

Meditation and Creativity- clearing thoughts to make room for the good stuff

maëry lanahan

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Meditation and Creativity- clearing thoughts to make room for the good stuff

My favorite place to be is in the comforting arms of the creative process.  It doesn’t matter what the outcome is. To me, it’s all about arranging my life to get time to spend in the realm of possibilities.  This is my sacred place of self discovery.    In my early years, I used art making and music making to explore the inner workings of my personality.  I would even attack the canvas with paint, and scratching and tearing to get my anger out. As a teenager, I would skip the Friday night parties and instead stay in and spend...


Movement started the feel for the painting "The Peace of Repetition".

maëry lanahan

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Movement started the feel for the painting "The Peace of Repetition".

"The Peace of Repetition"   "The Peace of Repetition, Only known by going through the exercises of a lifetime. Wind blowing through the honeycomb of my blaster of my luminescence of my linear intentions. I am tamed by my schedule and the certainty of duty. But I glow when you look close. I glow not just in the night, but at all times, seen and unseen. I glow because I have to. I glow beneath the duty of this beautiful life." This idea started out as a movement. My whole body leaned to one side and danced it before I...


Layers of color until it’s just right.  The thought process of making “A Gathered Strength” 

maëry lanahan

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Layers of color until it’s just right.  The thought process of making “A Gathered Strength” 

The idea for this painting started as a feeling of wanting to have a space inside that would attract strength in my life.  I have always admired people’s resilience and fortitude. Some people have to go through a lot in their life and the struggles are very real, yet they don’t get drawn down into the spiral of chaos and trauma.  They are so resilient that it almost brings tears to your eyes.  Wedding tears, of course.  Like you are just so much in awe of them.  I haven’t had trials like some of the people I’ve known, but as...


What I was thinking when I painted "Treasure Lifted After the Sandfall"

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What I was thinking when I painted "Treasure Lifted After the Sandfall"

Painting is very intuitive. Nothing excited me more than sitting down at a blank canvas and wondering what's going to happen.  I love the openness, and the willingness to see what's in there (pointing to my head). So as I reflect on one of my recent pieces, I can't help feel the dread, and insecurity and an aspiration to do/be better. On the flip side I feel the hope of getting lifted from the dredges. "Treasure Lifted After the Sandfall" is an impression of a memory. Not the simple memory like, oh this happened and now there's a memory in...