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.

Process Painting Through Grief

Brightly colored process painting of a figure emerging from a coffin

My dear old 94-year-old Dad died in late September. After the initial grief and busy-ness, including helping my 91-year-old Mom resettle, I was exhausted. I noticed my mood fluctuating between sadness and grief and feeling […]

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 […]

Radical Innocence

Radical Innocence | The Painting Experience Blog

The first encounter with painting is often a delight and a surprise. Each color is a delicious revelation; strangely satisfying forms appear; we’re amazed and fascinated by the mysterious images that emerge. And the room […]

Don’t Paint Whale — Paint Whaleness!

Don't Paint Whale -- Paint Whaleness! | The Painting Experience Blog

Recently, Lisa Pedersen (@lisapedersenart on Instagram) reminded us of this brief and very lively excerpt from a talk that Stewart gave at a workshop in Southern California. In the following conversation with a workshop participant, […]

Trusting Your Intuitive Intelligence

Trusting Your Intuitive Intelligence | The Painting Experience Blog

We’re happy to offer the following guest post by Jean Matlack of Rockport, Maine. Jean is a participant in our online course, Introduction to Facilitating Process Arts. She first posted these reflections as a comment […]

No Way, Big Red Flower

No Way, Big Red Flower | Caroline McCartie | The Painting Experience Blog

We’re grateful to offer this guest post by Caroline McCartie, a process painter from Massachusetts. Caroline completed a three-year apprenticeship program with The Painting Experience and is a friend and facilitator of this work. An […]

Facing Resistance in Painting

Facing Resistance in Painting | The Painting Experience Blog

“An important time to paint is when you resist it the most. The strength of the aversion means that there is something just beneath the surface, thinly disguised, ready to emerge. Resistance is a reminder […]

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 […]

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