Body as Intelligence
Often times the most challenging conflict that arises during process painting is to stay out of your head. Our analytical mind wants to go towards painting a good-looking finished piece which we want to identify with as a representation of the self. One of the important reminders for first-time process painters is that the goal is to not conjure up a pretty painting. Therefore surrendering is the first milestone. We then direct attention to the body. What movement, which colour or what gesture naturally calls you. Sometimes we can’t get enough of one repetitive movement or gesture. We can do somethings endlessly and it has energy for us. In that dance, there is no concern for the outcome. You are honouring your body, its whispers and that’s enough.