Lydia Marshall

Painting in Mid-Air: The Messiness of Letting Go

Painting of a woman's arms holding a baby with wings

"It is not possible to complete yourself without sorrow." ~ Hafiz Last April, I began an enormous and purposeful transition in my life. I left my long career in residential architecture to explore the direct […]

Safe Place, Sacred Space

Process Painting Studio at The Esalen Institute | The Painting Experience

“An artmaking space is a “mishkan” a portable sanctuary. Each artist working there is alone with her image and the message it brings as well as being in a subtle communion with others in the […]

Process Art: Antidote to a Product Oriented World

The Painting Experience Blog | Process Art: Antidote to a Product Oriented World

I recently found myself explaining to a fellow architect who is also a professional painter the difference between product-based painting and process painting. Articulating the difference helped me to understand how profoundly I have been […]

Reclaiming Play Through Process Painting

Photo of Lydia painting at a Painting Experience workshop held on Whidbey Island

  I hadn't realized how much I needed to play, and my body and spirit jumped at the chance. My first sensation in a process painting workshop was the feeling of happy, engrossed play. I […]

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