Christina Tarkoff Oil Paintings

Painting the People & Places of Philadelphia & Beyond

Mindfulness & Art

Christina Tarkoff

Mindfulness—How Art Can Help You Pay Attention to the Present Moment...

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"Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing. To pay attention to the moment, and not overly react or become overwhelmed by what’s going on around us."


I have been thinking about mindfulness lately, because one of my favorite aunts passed away this week. She was 93 years old, kind, gentle, beautiful, wise and smart. Although she was made to leave school in the 7th grade, she was a voracious reader and excelled at just about everything— including life. She personified the contemporary notion of "mindfulness."


Fast & Furious - The Opposite of Mindful!

We live in a frenetic world, so many distractions—working and playing at a frenzied pace.


How to Slow Down…

By looking at art, of course!

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Pay Attention and Increase Your Awareness to the Present Moment

Art equally involves the viewer and the artist.Just as art allows a form of self-expression for the artist, looking at art increases the viewer's concentration and ability to pay attention. For a few moments, you take the time to think and look. Look at the colors, the composition, the subject, the details. No distractions, just you and the artwork!


Art Brings People Together & Increases Mindfulness!

Art has the ability to give us insight into experiences, emotions, and identities that are not our own.