A new poster for my next event, Painting From Intuition:
Saturday, May 2, 12:00-3:00 pm, $75.00 All materials included
The Art Way Studio, 649 E 15 Ave, Vancouver BC
Using techniques to better access your intuitive side, apply colourful, lush paint with brushes, palette knives, sponges and perhaps even your hands, to as many large pieces of paper as you choose. We use pre-mixed high quality tempera paint on 20”x26” acid free paper
Call Maryan at 778-713-1927 or email:
If you’re in the Vancouver area May 2, please join us for this fun and creative experience.
All the best,
For those of you who are interested in finding a way to connect with your intuition, why not do so in a fun and creative way- with paints! Intuitive painting helps you to connect with your inner still voice. You learn to “listen” to your paints, brushes and paper and to follow your impulses while moving exquisitely coloured paint around on paper with brushes, sponges, palette knives, or even your hands! Reconnect to your creative spirit. Paint with the freedom of a child. Listen to your heart.
Join my March 14 Intuitive Painting Workshop on Granville Island, Vancouver for an afternoon of creative exploration.
I’m so delighted to be visiting Bangkok, the city I lived and worked in from 1999-2012. I was a teacher and administrator at an international school for 13 years, and I enjoyed living an adventurous life in Asia. Now I’m back and I’m bringing my Intuitive Painting Workshop to Bangkok.
“This workshop is all about helping you reconnect to your innately creative spirit. Let the lush colours of paint, the brushes and the paper invite you to explore a new way of painting. Paint from an inner directive rather than from the mind, focus on process over product. A meditative journey with colour, shape and form. Art as a spiritual practice.”
I hope to see you at one of my workshops!
Jan 27 at Olive Restaurant 37/1 Soi Chareonjai (Ekamai 12) First soi on the left after Oriental Towers
Jan 28 at Prem Yog and Prana Centre, Apt. C-0 59/31 Sawan Court, Sukhumvit Soi 26 (See website for map) www.premyogprana.com
My current display of my recent intuitive paintings on my living room wall. It feels good to have so much of my own work up to look at it. Not because it’s my work per se, but more because these are some of the colours and images that appeared on the paper as I was playing- they “wanted” to be there. Despite any judgements I may have about any individual painting, having a collection leads me away from my judgements as I feel a connection to the movement and colours that appeared. It makes me happy to look at it and have it on my wall.
Intuitive Painting: Following the impulses, urges and messages from an intuitive place. Letting go of mind, letting go of results, allowing the process to unfold. By “listening” to the paints, paper and brushes, feelings are reconnected to and insights are gained. Intuitive painting can act as a mirror to our lives, letting us see what we need to see right in that very moment.
A client, Dasha, has allowed me to use her recent session as an illustrative example of the intuitive painting process. Though each session is unique, this example can give a glimpse into what a session might be like.
“For this client, the process began with a simple pink circle. Red and yellow “wings” appeared, soon followed by a carefully painted, deliberate black chain. For Dasha, the wings represented freedom and the desire to explore the world, to have adventures. When the chain first appeared, she thought it would make her feel tied down, imprisoned.
As she worked, however, Dasha soon began to realize that the chain represented her need to be grounded, literally chained to the roots of the tree, reaching far down into the earth. Rather than feeling restricted, the image was a liberating one as Dasha became aware of the need in her life for both flight and grounding. She saw the importance of both energies, instead of one being “better” than the other, they both gained value in relation to the other.
As Dasha happily contemplated this stage of the process, having gained a valuable insight into her life, she soon felt an inner directive to begin to splatter paint on the corners of the painting. Brush soon gave way to fingers, corners gave way to the whole being covered. Dasha was very clear that she was not following an impulse to “cover up” her earlier work, but rather to let go of being attached to perfection. As the greens evolved, she was delighted with the results. It was very satisfying to let go and create a new, more spontaneous form. Her whole body became involved in the movement, dynamic and expressive. What freedom!
Then, the directive to change reappeared, and this time it was harder to follow the impulse. She soon realized that this was now about letting go of the desire to keep what came before, of attachment to the image being a certain way. “You can have an experience, but you don’t have to hold on to it.”
She bravely let go of the lush “green forest” and allowed the whole thing to become muddy and swirly.
New colours were splattered on the now brown and black surface. A quick muddy heart appeared in one corner.
Dasha, contemplating this new stage, felt good about the colour transformation, but also now had a strong desire to get rid of the muddy heart. However, she was aware that this urge for change was different to the first. Now it was her desire to get rid of a part that she didn’t really like. This urge was one of covering up the unwanted as opposed to freeing herself from attachment to form and to perfection. She resisted the urge to get rid of the muddy heart and eventually began to see the beauty inside, the closer she looked.
Quite a journey of revelation in the seemingly simple process of painting from intuition.”