Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is prior art experience required to attend the painting sessions?
No. We uncover our unique connection to a stream of imagery, the process of which requires no technique or skill, only the willingness to explore uninhibited expression.
2. What is the outcome of painting for process?
As we work more with the principles of process painting, for many it becomes a way of being. There is a heightened sense of awareness of our own energy, and a greater trust and recognition of our immediate perception and intuitive voice. For some it is also a spiritual practice.
3. Will this session teach painting as a discipline?
No. This session is purely an exploratory process that goes beyond the rules of technique, aesthetics and product.
4. Will process painting help with my creative block or stagnancy in my current practice?
This practice helps us get out of our own way. Which is mostly the case when our analytical mind keeps us from exploring without judgment. By removing the barriers of critique and interpretation, we give way to authentic expression which is full of surprises.
5. How are these sessions different from art therapy?
The painting process is not facilitated for those seeking professional therapy and takes no responsibility to address conditions that require working in assistance with therapists or art therapists. This approach is an in depth exploratory practice whereby the connection to a visual language is made through the sprit of respectful inquiry and spontaneity of expression that allows for present moment guidance to come through.
6. Painting without a goal or meaning creates a sense of purposelessness, so what if I lose interest and not find it stimulating enough?
We all look for meaning and the final result before we even begin. Having an outcome and a plan in mind entails a degree of rigidity that puts limitation on the immeasurable potential of your imagination.
If you can surrender and sustain through spells of boredom and frustration, doors will open and you will become aware of your own creative voice that runs through a deeper thread.
7. Why do we have to paint in Silence?
Working in silence is key to the practice of shifting attention to our body and its communication. Maintaining silence is a way to quite the mind where it is not only meditative but gives way to release and intuitive awareness.
8. Is this a one-time experience of painting?
Every time we enter the space it is different. Our energy is shifting every moment, just like doing physical exercise over a period of time sculpts the body, similarly practicing a state of flow eventually permeates all areas of life and can become a way of being for some.