What is Mindfulness Painting?
Mindfulness Painting Experience is about creating, empowering and healing using paint, brushes and paper. It is a creative practice of meditating with your brush in your hand. As you release your judgment and perfectionism, the practice allows you to open more to presence, spaciousness and self-compassion.
Mindfulness Painting Experience is an opportunity to discover and interact with your intuition and creativity by being mindful while using paint, paper and brushes.
Other ways Mindfulness Painting has been described include:
Painting as Meditation • Painting as a form of Healing • Painting as a method of Journal-keeping • Painting to Quiet your inner critic• Painting as a Resource for living a full life • Painting as a Release from everyday stress and competition • Painting to Rest and Renew your spirit • Painting to Feed your Professional Art Process • Painting to Release yourself from Creative Blocks • Painting to give yourself Life • Painting as a Team Building experience.
How do I know if I am accessing my intuition?
Your intuition comes from all of your senses. It is subtle. It’s not as loud as the inner critic. You may hear a soft whisper in your ear or feel a sensation in your body. When you are painting, you may be drawn to a particular color and your energy level may rise. Everyone is different. The exciting part is the self-discovery
Can I come to class just to have fun?
Yes! Mindfulness Painting Experience is all about having fun. You are encouraged to play, use color, allow yourself the freedom to create whatever shows up for you.
What if I think I have no artistic ability?
We all have an inner artist. Some of us lost the belief in our ability along the way. We may have been discouraged from creating. This class can help you rediscover your inner artist.
Will people judge my paintings?
No. In class, we asked that no one comment on another’s painting. Even if you think that someone’s painting is beautiful. When we judge, we set up expectations. Expectations limit our ability to create outside of what we already know.
Will the experience of Mindfulness Painting help me with writer’s block?
The process will help yo dissolve what seems to be getting in the way of your creative process.
Is this an art therapy class?
No. Emotions will emerge but it is not an environment to discuss those feelings. It is an opportunity to paint the emotions as a means of self-discovery and self-expression of whatever the emotional content that emerges.