How do you express your creativity while expressing your authentic self?
Do you write poems, cook, garden, run marathons? While doing certain activities that we are in a state of grace or flow doing, we enter a relaxed state where answers to our lives may become available.
If I am paying attention to the moment of applying a turquoise wash and how it flows on the surface, I can later reflect on what it means in my life.
I step back and realize how nature has the ability to sooth me. I think of swimming in the turquoise springs and how I can balance my life.
This moment to moment awareness and stepping back to reflect is a constant dance in understanding authentic self expression.
What do I do if my paintings are representing ugly emotions? I also observe those emotions and let them go by. I can take a break and learn why I am experiencing those emotions.
Then continue on and let some of the layers of those angry or fearful emotions show through in my work or continue on and paint over them.
There is no right or wrong way to paint intuitively.
What if you are a trained artist who is constantly critiquing your own work?
Intuitive painting works for both non-artists and trained artists. Why?
I recently painted a commission of a horse in which frustration was a part of creating a quality based artwork. I remember thinking I just want to play with paint and need a break from this hard work. So, that is why I would put the horse painting to the side and pick up a blank canvas and play.
Playing with paint was exactly what I needed to bring back my sense of joy and to work through emotions.
Another way this can work is when you have artist’s block and don’t know what to paint.
If you are a painter, there is no excuse not to paint if you do not know what to paint as you can simply play with paint.
I use acrylic paints to play as they dry quickly and I can keep layering them.
If you have tried this type of painting let me know your thoughts. Intuitive painting or process painting is a method used by art therapists and healing artists. Some abstract painters also have discovered this through experimentation.
I am presently facilitating intuitive painting workshops at the Atlantic Center for Arts Harris House in New Smyrna Beach, Florida every Saturday in February of 2016 as part of their community outreach art and wellness program.
For details & registration call 386-427-6975 x: 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes will be $15 for materials