Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is prior art experience required to attend the ‘comepaint’ sessions?
Absolutely not. The experience uses the tools of art to turn inwards into our body and follow our energy. Its practicing a state of flow that trumps technique and skill.
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 technique and rules of 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?
Art therapy is now practiced in many conventional and non-conventional ways. With this practice we do not identify a condition and work towards it, there are no meanings derived from common archetypes neither is a direct correlation made with the images. It provides a space where our innate intelligence, and the act of creating itself is valued over the limitations of a diagnosis.
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?
The act of painting in this way is more of an inward practice where we become aware of our most subtle impulses. We become aware of the intelligence that goes beyond the planning mind. It is also meditative for some, whereas for others it gives way to release, healing 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 the state of flow eventually permeates all areas of life and can become a way of being for some.