On focus and concentration
The goal is always to create from a place balancing between focus and concentration. The words are synonyms, and in a sense these two states are indeed very similar, but experientially they can be very different. In a metaphysical, or spiritual sense they have a different vibration, or density if you will. To focus, literally means to leave everything out that does not belong to the point of interest and creates in that way a sphere of consciousness that allows in only that element, or those elements that were chosen to focus on. It is a very dense state, and a very limited one. Limited in that sense that it is highly specialized. This limitation is not bad in itself, but in the execution of a work of art it creates a rather 'mental' environment that depends on assumptions such as time and space and all the constructions that are implied by this basic framework of the human experience. It follows logic and reason and it is therefore prey to its counterparts such as doubt and so called chaos. The relationship between focus and concentration is such that focus is a specific form of concentration and is in that sense enveloped by it. But concentration in a more pure form does not necessarily need a specific point of interest to concentrate on. It can just exist as a state, independent from any subject, as long as the person concentrating can keep it up without finding or looking for an object to focus on. When I say I paint from a place balancing in between these two states, I mean that I use my focus as training wheels for attaining longer and longer stretches of time spent in pure concentration. The painting will reflect the conversation I have with myself floating in between these layers of consciousness.