Art of Yoga. ~ Molly Cranch

Via Molly Cranch
on Sep 4, 2013
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I began these paintings as a means to understand the form, structure, and energetic nature of various yoga poses.

In the midst of completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training, I decided to embark upon this “study” to help me process all of the information I was learning.

It turns out that I really enjoyed making them, and in doing so, I also broke out of my own perception of myself as a nonfigurative painter.

The figures in these paintings are meant to be structurally correct, yet unspecific. They are gestural, reflecting a moment in time. The colors in these paintings are subtle, with selected areas of intensity.

Visualizing color during yoga and meditation can help to focus and soothe the mind, and it is something that I often do. Although everyone has their own subjective response to color, hopefully I am able to convey mine through the paintings.

Yoga has taught me a great deal, and has evolved with me through many different phases in life. I am sharing these paintings in gratitude for the gift of yoga.

Balance 6x6 By not for re-use
Balance 6 x 6
Unison, 18x24 not for re-use
Unison 18 x 24
Reach 6x12 not for re-use
Reach 6 x 12
Seated, 8x8 not for re-use
Seated, 8 x 8
 Trust, 6x8 not for re-use
Trust, 6 x 8
Remember, 10 x 20 not for re-use
Remember, 10 x 20
 Extend, 6 x 12 not for re-use
Extend, 6 x 12
Focus not for re-use
Focus 11 x 14
Radiate not for re-use
Radiate 8 x 8
Twist, 6 x 8

These paintings are currently on exhibit at Bloom Yoga Studio, located at 4663 N. Rockwell in Chicago, Illinois. The original paintings and prints can also be viewed or purchased online here.

All Paintings copyright by Molly Cranch, 2013.

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About Molly Cranch

Molly Cranch received a BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis and a Certificate in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches painting workshops for adults and teaches art part-time to children in a dual language elementary school in Chicago. Molly recently completed her 200 hour yoga training with Suddha Wexler from the Chicago Yoga Center, as well as her 95 hour children’s yoga certification from Mira Binzen of Global Family Yoga. She is excited to share this blend of the arts, yoga, and mindfulness with her students. Furthermore, she continues to exhibit and show her paintings at the local, national and international level. Her greatest inspiration is sharing life with her husband and four sons. Learn more about her work on her website and see more of her paintings on Etsy.


5 Responses to “Art of Yoga. ~ Molly Cranch”

  1. Kerry says:

    So beautiful, Molly. The pictures really capture the feeling of the paintings and I love the way your work gets at the real feeling of the practice of yoga.

  2. Amy says:

    Beautiful! Very inspirational!

  3. Yogacult says:

    Those paintings are very beautiful, and your intention in sharing them is equally so! Thank you.

  4. Molly says:

    Thank you Kerry! I really was trying to convey the sense of movement and energy of the yoga poses, as I understand them.

  5. Molly says:

    Thank you, it means a lot that they are meaningful and appreciated by others.