Minimalism to Quiet the Mind

Greetings Friends,

Climate change, species extinction, financial collapse, floods, fires, famine, and war. Oh my! I don’t watch the news, but these end-times messages are everywhere and they’ve invaded my brain.

When it all feels like too much, I turn to minimalism. Quiet, simple paintings to calm and soothe an overloaded mind.

My minimalist paintings involve many layers of paint. I begin by creating texture and background patterns with bold and high-contrast colors. I tone that down with a unifying glaze, and add several layers on top to create a harmonious and interesting minimalist design.

Here’s the first piece from last week — a moody charcoal gray painting with burgundy and oranges peeking through.

Cassandra Tondro art

“Dark Web,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

The second painting is a lot larger and more ambitious. Dancing underneath the bright spring greens are fanciful patterns of rust, teal and turquoise blue. I’ve included a couple of detail shots of this piece.

Cassandra Tondro art

Cassandra Tondro art

Cassandra Tondro art

“Dance of Spring,” 24 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

You can see all of my minimalist paintings by clicking here.

In the spirit of minimalism, I thought I’d share a soft and haunting song done by one of my favorite artists — intuitive guide, transformation teacher and musician Lee Harris. I hope you enjoy it.

How do you soothe yourself when it all gets to be too much? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



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