PRESENCE & PAINT
Welcome to this supportive oasis for the inwardly curious seeking renewal for the spirit, healing for the heart and the recovery of WONDER!
Here is an emotionally safe place free from judgement where you'll tap into your body's wisdom, ask It to choose color and brush and be encouraged to take the creative risk to follow it onto the paper leaving behind concern for how it looks.
Here is a place to allow your felt experience into the light...to be honored as YOUR journey, YOUR unique expression and held with respect.
Here is a place to lighten your spirit, reclaim wonder, quell doubt, strengthen intuition, and find your colorful home within.
"This is remarkable! Really a lot of fun and revelatory! Just by playing with the paint and brush strokes, it released a lot of stuff I didn’t even know was in me. It’s nothing I conceived painting to be like. Very calming and relaxing, too. This just might be my new wellness practice! So fabulous! Thank you for inviting me.”—K.P. -Vero Beach, FL May 2023
“This is really thrilling! I’m very moved by how this process works.
Already the point of pain that I started my painting from is gone.
It’s an amazing process really!
This freedom of expression in art is something new for me… something I have never experienced before!” - M.H, Washington, June 2023
"I'm pretty darn shut down when it comes to painting.
But the idea of giving voice to blocked energies and emotions attracted me. The results totally surprised me! Not that the painting was "good" or "bad," but the experience of expressing latent feelings was very cathartic. I didn't know that putting paint to paper could be so freeing. Susan's coaching and encouragement were the key. Highly recommend.
– George, Ecuador, June 2023
No art talent needed.
It's a spontaneous painting experience.
It's the process that's important here, not the outcome.
Here, you can express your unique creative nature in a safe, supportive, judgement-free zone.
"Intuitive Process Painting brings me to a place where I feel at home with being me…just as I am."
TAKE THE INNER ROAD LESS TRAVELED
What if you had the chance to play like a child again with paint & paper?
What if there were no rules, no expectations to live up to or anybody else's judgements to satisfy?
Would you take it… take the chance to free yourself from the shackles of the norm… free your 'wild child'… take the chance to capture your birthright as a naturally born creative… maybe for the first time? Would you take it?
Will you listen to the impulse this invitation is stirring in you?
EXPLORE, PLAY & DISCOVER YOU ANEW!
Meet the ever-present creative stream that runs through you, that IS you!
Discover the courage to express your inner world more spontaneously, safely, and colorfully on paper, even if you think you don't know how.
Befriend and build trust in your intuition and yourself.
Awaken to the wonder often long-lost since childhood.
Come alive to your true nature, your birthright as a creative.
JOIN US VIA ZOOM
Come paint with other curious and courageous travelers of the inner life less traveled… but in this case, not alone! Painting together online via Zoom, vs. painting alone at home, is a supportive and intimate community experience.
Take the leap home to yourself through paint, paper, and No Rules! Just some simple guidelines to keep you feeling 'safe' along the way. We paint for the process, not for the outcome. No one is going to evaluate or offer critique. AND no experience is necessary! Hurray for that!
Take a vacation from 'needing to know or know how'! There's freedom in that.
Getting Started at Home
SETTING UP YOUR PAINTING SPACE
It doesn't need to be a big space… a section of a wall or the back of a door will do. Find a place where you can have some privacy while painting. You can cover your painting between sessions to support your sense of personal space if you live with others. Have adequate lighting to avoid standing in your shadow.
For online ZOOM sessions, it's best to position your computer monitor at a 45-degree angle off your dominant side as you face your painting surface. That way your facilitator can best witness and be of service to your experience.
Protect the painting surface and floor from splatter with either cardboard, plastic, old sheets, craft paper or whatever is inexpensive and convenient. My favorite is cardboard, putting all those boxes from online purchases to good use!
Have a small table for your paints, brushes and (2) containers for water to clean the brushes between colors. (Large yoghurt containers work well.) For easy access to small amounts of your colors while you paint, an egg carton, ice cube tray or a small plastic artist's palette. Stores like The Dollar Tree or Dollar General here in the States are a trove of inexpensive options.
PAINT & ORGANIZERS
I suggest using tempera water-based paint, just like the kids use in school. It's inexpensive and cleans up easily with water. You can find it at your local art supply and hobby stores and online. (Michael's, Craft Warehouse, Hobby Lobby). Twelve colors are enough to get you started. For paint organizers, I use large muffin tins lined with small, covered plastic jars. Brands I recommend include Certified Artist's BESTEMP, Van Aken's JAZZ, Crayola Premium Tempera and Prang is ok too.
When starting out, I suggest using 20" x 26" 80lb Bristol Vellum. Your local art supply stores will have what you need. 80lb or higher is what will minimize the puckering of your paper when dealing with the water content in tempera paints.