The first time I heard about it I was hooked.
“Intuitive or Process Painting allows individuals to travel a private path where they can uncover images of their inner selves through painting.
Play is encouraged.
The goal is not to make paintings for exhibition or to learn specific techniques.
The goal is to allow yourself the space to be inside color, paint, & process while locating the inner core of your creative self.”
– Nancy Fletcher Cassell
‘Breathe, relax, & tune-in, let go; open, still, calm, quiet – you become a beacon/a bridge/a channel; & the Universe/Spirit speak to you, & it will, through the canvas.’ Having recently tried my hand (head? heart?) at meditating I soon realized how much the two have in common. You just never know what kind of messages you’ll get. Here are two beautiful expressions by whimsical Intuitive Artist Flora Bowley:
Intuition is a Key that opens many a lock 😉
- IN MEDITATION
- A FORM OF HEALING
A METHOD OF JOURNAL KEEPING
- TO SILENCE YOUR INNER CRITIC
- RESOURCE FOR LIVING A FULL LIFE
RELEASE FROM STRESS & COMPETITION
- TO REST & RENEW YOUR SPIRIT
- FEED YOUR PROFESSIONAL ART PROCESS
- RELEASE YOURSELF FROM CREATIVE BLOCKS
- TO GIVE YOURSELF LIFE
I don’t know ‘whose idea’ The Universe was – but it’s a messenger alright; in my life for sure, & there are others too. Messages can be received in a variety of ways. I’ve had inexplicable things just appear, without a conscious thought in sight!
My first (clueless) attempt: It started out as an orange background, & with a small brush I took some blue paint & began to just make swirls, like the ribbons I love doing – ‘Ribbons’. Do you remember the first time you tried to paint something? Especially if you’re like me & without any kind of artistic background, training, or even an artsy relative .. Do you remember having any clue as to what to paint; let alone even a smidge of a grasp on the incredible variety of techniques, tools, styles, colors, etc?
So why & how did this girl appear on my tiny I’m-just-gonna-push-some-paint-around-and-see-what-happens-canvas, & who kinda reminds me of me? And she just happens to be standing in front of what looks like a tornado? And beyond that, a swirl of blue skies are on the other side of that tornado – & lo & behold – an Angel? Seemingly ‘guarding’ the ‘entrance’ of a place with golden light?
The Angel literally just appeared. It actually looks just like an angel. It looks like it’d take quite some effort to try to paint that; effort & some experience/talent/skill .. None of which, atm, I have enough of to be able to purposefully paint, let alone draw, an angel like that – those wings, esp the right one, look so – Angelic.
I don’t do ‘stuff’ that’s supposed to look like ‘stuff’ – that’s why I chose Abstract 😉
Might not seem super significant; I get ya. Except ..
At the time I was working on a chapter, my-life-story-so-far, for a book called ‘Soaring Through the Storm.’ In it I spoke of living through a hell that was compared to being stuck in the Eye of a Tornado, & how I came out the other side shining: ‘How a Failed Book Launch Turned into a Love of Painting & Blogging’.
I look at this little painting, in shock & awe. I never set out to paint anything. How could I? I didn’t know how to do anything yet. My running joke for 44 years re my ‘artistic talent’ was coming up with a slightly humorous way to look at my complete lack of artistic anything: ‘If I try to draw a blue house it looks like a red boat!’ I made up a silly joke to cover up why I couldn’t do something – that I never even tried! I’ve been gifted some pretty precious things – but patience was not among them. Kinda like when I tried teaching myself acoustic guitar but was ‘pissed’ (translate – impatient) that I hadn’t become Jimi Hendrix within the first 2 weeks: ‘Stella’ 🎸
So what’s the moral of the story? Well – do you want to succeed, stop suffering, & discover the endless well of Eternal Joy inside you that you can tap into at any moment?
You Can .. ON ONE CONDITION:
I know you’re not here to stick sticks in your spokes 😉
‘Sometimes the only thing standing in your way is you.’
You CAN do anything.
The catch – You have to you believe you can 😉