My recent paintings are about acknowledging and being present— mindful and ever conscious of the moment. This is a paradox in this high-speed, virtual world of the Internet. Nevertheless, it is my intention to share the inspirational experiences of the here-and-now, through the practice of painting.
Hundreds of years ago, Chinese painters, specifically painters of Ch’an Buddhism were captivated with the here-and-now and its relationship to painting. Their philosophy on painting, which include essence, truth, spirit resonance, breath and the present moment have deeply influenced my current paintings.
Alone . . . silent . . . I engage my intuitive mind and begin to paint. Breathe in. Breathe out. I apply a layer of sensuous paint then scrap it off. This process continues until the image emerges. When I’m in the flow, the past and future dissolve, and like magic, I am transported and deeply held in the present moment. There, upon the canvas, my mind reveals itself, in the form of color and space.
Barbara Sternberger, 2018
Once, 2016 oil on canvas, 38 x51”