The Painting Experience Blog

Our blog contributors are educators, counselors, artists, activists, meditators and mavericks. We welcome you to this process arts community, where we’ll offer information, news, and reflections to support your painting practice.

Acceptance, Recovery and Process Painting

Acceptance, Recovery and Process Painting | The Painting Experience Blog

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation — Some fact of my life — unacceptable to me, And […]

Following the Thread

Following the Thread | The Painting Experience Blog

The Way It Is There is a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it […]

How to Make a Cardboard Tripod Easel

How to Make a Cardboard Tripod Easel | The Painting Experience Blog

Many painters and teachers ask us about the construction of The Painting Experience’s cardboard tripod easels. These big, sturdy tripods have many advantages: They’re easy to set up; they collapse for easy storage; and when […]

Working From the Body: Feeling and Painting

Working From the Body: Feeling and Painting | The Painting Experience Blog

One of the ways our facilitators support painters at The Painting Experience is to direct them toward what they are feeling, or sensing, to access the body’s intelligence and to help bypass the thinking mind. […]

Jung and Imagination

Jung and Imagination | The Painting Experience Blog

“Our fate restricts us so that our destiny can find us . . .” ~ Michael Meade, Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul One of the insights that comes from process painting […]

Process and Presence

Process and Presence | The Painting Experience Blog

To express spontaneously — that is, without a goal — is to practice presence, bringing our full selves to the painting with curiosity and interest. Artists are often considered to be the delicate barometers of […]

At Ease: Reflections on Moloka’i

Painting in the Hui Ho'olana yurt on Molokai | The Painting Experience Blog

I’ve just returned from my annual retreat at Hui Ho’olana Retreat Center on the Island of Moloka’i. The ten days we spend painting at the Hui mark my longest painting retreat each year, and they […]

For Therapists: Letting Creativity Support Your Work

Creative Support for Therapists | The Painting Experience Blog

In a recent post, we linked to several articles offering scientific evidence for the benefits of creative practice. As therapists, we may fall into the trap of saying, “That’s nice, but when will I fit […]

Feeling Free

Feeling Free, by Erica Pang | The Painting Experience Blog

We’re happy to offer the following guest post by Vancouver painter and art therapist Erica Pang, who recently attended a Painting Experience workshop on Granville Island. She first posted these reflections on Instagram at @ericapang.art and we couldn’t […]

Letting Creativity Support Your Well-Being

Creative expression possesses uncanny abilities to help us stay focused and well.

As individuals, we who are affiliated with The Painting Experience are among millions of concerned people who actively support basic freedoms and rights—for immigrants, for women, for the environment, for anyone who lacks access to […]

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