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Swash is an artform in the Scottish modernist and colourist tradition and was first developed by Andrew Hennessey in April 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Swash, as an artform, is a wave of colour, objects and textures washing over the creative canvas like breaking waves on the shore.
These waves create light-filled vistas from the natural universe.

The Zen of Swash

A walk along the digital beach can be very soothing and relaxing as the eyes look into the endless swirl of infinity.

Giving Swash art is giving someone you care for the keys to peaceful moments.

The Swash artform, is a layer of colour, objects and textures that have washed over the creative canvas like breaking waves of colour on the shore creating light-filled abstract vistas from the microscopic and macroscopic world.

Such light and colour can be very therapeutic.

Several ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Chinese, practiced chromotherapy, or using colors to heal. Chromotherapy today refers to positive and refreshing colour themes which stimulate the spirit and psychology.

Swash art may be used to help bring you moments of peace and contemplation.

Practicing open eye ‘concentrative’ meditation on Swash artforms could help you to connect with your subconscious being and your inner self. This connection is said to unlock the higher levels of awareness and thinking that release us from all of the feelings of stress, worry and anxiety that build up inside of us due to the hectic pace of our modern lives

Turn your attention to your Swash picture, and take in the sensation it provides.  Focus on the flowing colours and swirling indefinite forms  etc. and simply experience what it has to offer. The idea is not to think about it, but simply to experience it, and be fully present in the moment.

If your internal voice starts to analyze it, or begins to replay stressful events of the day, or worry about the future, make a note of emails, or anything else, gently turn your attention back to your chosen Swash target and the sensation it provides. Let your mind stay quiet and clear.

If you find your mind engaging you and realize that you’re not being fully present with the sensations of your chosen target, don’t let your inner perfectionist engage you for ‘doing it wrong’; simply congratulate yourself for noticing, and return back to being in the now and the sensations it has to offer.

Swash is an artform in the Scottish modernist and colourist tradition and was first developed by digital artist Andrew Hennessey in July 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland.