What is Kumomi?
Kumomi™ is a creative process which combines the randomness of spontaneous painting with the control of mindful drawing as a meditative art form. You don’t need to be artistic to receive the benefits of Kumomi. The goal is not necessarily to create an art masterpiece but to enjoy the creative process, relax the body and open the mind. If you practice Kumomi regularly you will very likely see improvements in your mental, physical and emotional well being.
Kumomi is the combination of Japanese characters for “cloud” and “to see” so it essentially means “cloud gazing.”
Finding Meaning in Randomness
Imagine lying flat on your back on a freshly cut lawn on a warm spring day watching clouds drift slowly across the blue sky changing shape as they float by. You may see the shape of a duck, a heart, a boat or an angel. The Kumomi process brings the essence of cloud gazing combined color, line and music to invoke a merging of the senses for a mind expanding experience.
I started developing this process first of all because I love the way colors interact with each other. I have been interested in popular meditative drawing techniques but a bit overwhelmed by the intricate patterns I needed to learn in order to create the drawings. Kumomi was created to combine the joyful aspect of color with mindful drawing to achieve a goal of relaxation and creative freedom.
The Art of Kumomi book is now available on Create Space and Amazon.