"People who see my work for the first time often say to me, “You must have a lot of patience.” I always have to suppress a grin when I hear this because I am not at all patient. What the viewer may mistake for patience is only the result of my concentrating on sequential small areas over an extended period of time. After focusing intently on a small, highly defined space for many days, I lose sight of the world around me. Patience is not a factor. For me, the experience is more like meditating."
I copied the above paragraph off another fiber/bead artist's website because I could have written it about myself and because I've read the same thing over and over (in slightly different words but the gist is the same) in other beaders' websites, blogs and artist statements all over the web.
Obviously, many of us are experiencing that same sense of focused attention while doing our work that people experience when meditating.
What I find interesting is that you rarely (if at all) ever hear those kind of statements from fine artists in their artist statements and I wonder why? I know that when I am in the process of drawing something, I have that same feeling of focused attention as I have when beading, so I can only imagine that the painters feel it too....I wonder why it's never mentioned?
But my experience is limited...so if you've seen examples of painters and/or sculptors mentioning the meditative aspects of their art making process, please send me a link...I'd love to read it!