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On The Journey

To do the simple thing with integrity – a point, a line
a scribble, a rough image- is the most creative response
you can make.
            ~  Life, Paint and Passion. By Michelle Cassou & Stewart Cubley.

We are met with

Being Empty

To be empty is also to be present without an expectation. If you already have a planned outcome, there is no place for an occurrence outside of your known territory. 

The problem of Purpose

“You can only live your purpose when you let the spirit flow through you.” ~ C. Myss. In other words, the recognition of that which calls us the most comes through the act of being open and letting through. In the painting process we practice unconditional regard for what wants to find its way in.

intelligence in spontaneity

Pure impulse without rationale is considered dangerous by popular beliefs, but intuition is an intelligent language of the source. In the painting process we explore the alchemical power of spontaneous expression without concern for consequences!

the urge for interpretation

Interpretation is often the enemy of insight. We have strong preconceived ideas about what each image means, which is never the full story. The need to interpret truncates the subtle, more authentic process of receiving. Yet an insight that arises spontaneously as you engage the process is uniquely relevant to you.

That which was never you

What would you never paint?
We tend to have a definite description of ourselves that confines our potential for breakthrough.
The painting experience can expand those boundaries where our wholeness is permissible without bias.

The need for meaning

Where is the meaning in a painting that seems to be meaningless? Or perhaps the more essential question would be, why is this dynamic primordial visual stream available to the human psyche at all? There is no one answer, but it could be that by honouring this language, we get closest to our true nature.

The void is the source of all creation. Your willingness to
meet this nothingness without panic is your greatest ally.
Let the blank paper challenge you
and see what happens!

 ~  Life, Paint and Passion. By Michelle Cassou & Stewart Cubley.

Navigating the unknown

Wherever you are is
the entry point.
~Kabir

Befriending the Void

The blank space is never empty.
What is it asking of you?
Is there anything coming through that nothingness?
Listen with radical honesty.

colour is huge

Colour is a conversation starter. Beware of mistaking it as arbitrary. The deepest intelligence announces itself through colour. Are you familiar with the feeling of craving a colour?

Losing the Want

Notice if there is a part of you that really wants to create a ‘beautiful’ or a ‘meaningful’ painting. The need to look pleasant often interferes with where the energy actually wants to go. By cancelling the noise that desire creates, we give way to a more natural unfolding.

Ever desireless one sees the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees only the manifestations.
And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding.
~Tao Te Ching

Painting the Cliche`

Painting a blue sky can seem so ‘uncreative’. We allow an essential innocence and a flow when we let the obvious happen in the painting process. What brings us a sense of wonder is not ordinary, even if it seems repetitive and mundane on the surface.

unconditional listening

We tend to reject most of what comes to us in the immediate moment. Our filters are powerful and will not allow a raw expression without direction. One of the real challenges of this practice is to have unconditional regard for what wants to be painted. In doing so, we give full form to what breaks the confines of our judgement.

Following the Energy

The brush responds to energy, not to your idea of how something needs to look. The reason we don’t worry about having the skill is because the hand and the brush creates its own version of your imagination. Our job is to trust the energy and the image-maker within.

Respecting the Sanctity

Are you willing to respect every stroke exactly for what it is knowing that it is sacred? In honouring the voice that speaks to us, we allow a greater guidance to come through.

Being Stuck

Being completely stuck in the painting process is a rich time. Pausing and hanging out with what’s already there with a quality of honesty reveals deeper currents. We allow ourselves to fully not know until something lands and the brush wants to do it.

Not making sense

What is really happening when you begin to question the point of it all? The minds demands rationale. On the contrary, if you listen to your essential aliveness, it will bring you back to the simplicity of what the brush wants to do rather than what it should. Pay attention to what brings you alive.

What is art?
It is the response of man’s creative soul
to the call of the Real.

 ~Rabindranath Tagore.