About process painting
Process painting has sometimes been described as a mindfulness practice while moving the body with paint, brushes and paper. You do not need to have any art training or experience. All you need to be able to do is hold a paintbrush. The focus is on the process of painting versus making a piece of art.
The studio is a quiet environment, free of comments, critiques, or comparison. This collaborative agreement creates a sense of safety and encourages deep inner listening and expression through color, shape, and form on white paper.
We each have a well of creativity waiting to be expressed. Remember how you painted and sang and danced when you were young? Tapping in, again, to that deep knowing without judgement, expectation, or plans allows for that sense of freedom and self-discovery to be reclaimed.
We will initially gather for an orientation to the process. In the studio there will be one-on-one facilitation to support you along the way. All supplies are provided for you. We use non-toxic high quality tempera paint and a variety of high quality brushes.
A little bit of my history
I arrived at process painting via a circuitous route as an Elementary School Teacher, Outward Bound Instructor/Course Director, Yoga Teacher and a recently retired Psychotherapist. I attended my first Painting Experience Workshop in 2006 and never left. At the end of 2015, I completed a 3 year Apprenticeship with Stewart Cubley, co-founder of The Painting Experience. I am now an Affiliate with The Painting Experience.
When not Process painting I enjoy writing, reading, drawing, practicing yoga, meditating, and being out in the natural world.
I find the kinship between Process Painting, Introspection and Mindfulness Practice to be compelling. The three "practices" share similar priorities of focused attention, watching our thoughts and the ways in which we get in our own way. For each of us, the experience of process painting is unique. For me, the practice of quiet, deep listening is profound. Add to that an intention to TAKE TIME TO CREATE EVERY DAY, and the doors of possibility get thrown wide open. Process Painting enlivens me, and overflows joyously through sharing it with others.