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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

In a culture that strongly identifies with the concept of an ‘outcome’ or a ‘result’, ‘pretty’ and ‘nice’ ‘meaning’ and ‘reason’ and in the pursuit of getting there we often miss out the real, the what is. Through the act of painting we bring awareness to our own calling. Oftentimes and inevitably we find ourselves building a narrative around the visuals, trying to find meaning and reason to the way it looks or unfolds. This reminds us of our need to control. In trying to look for meaning

"Surrendering your expectations can lead to your own voice, your own image, your own colour. The essence of process painting is the willingness to not know. Not knowing and trusting your impulses towards colour, gesture and form. It is challenging to catch yourself in your head every time and go beyond the reach of our own self control. We have to escape the mindset of pretty and balanced, profound and meaningful. When we let our energy be the guide, we continually are paying attention to our impulses that lead

If it shows up it is meant to be there. Process painting workshops allow for incredible inner dialogue that leads to a further expansion of the creative imagination and every time a step further into exploration. One of the frequent questions that arise for participants while they paint or after the workshop is how do we know if what we painted came from the planning mind or whether it was spontaneous and arose effortlessly. As we emphasize on a deeper level of listening and reporting what comes to us naturally

Painting for process is a contemplative yet meditative practice. We are all inherently artists. When we surrender ourselves to process, a deeper realm informs the brush, the body, the hand. We talk about the energy that leads the painting, but we don’t interpret the archetypes, or give heed to meanings that are popularly associated with certain colors and imagery. This is because the process is internal, and what’s on the canvas is only the tip of the iceberg. The vastness of the unconscious cannot be contained, nor interpreted

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