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.

My Painting Experience Weekend

Second painting by Sue Dolamore at a Painting Experience weekend

We're excited to offer the following guest post by painter Sue Dolamore, who attended our Painting Experience workshop in Asheville, North Carolina this summer. These reflections first appeared on the blog at her website, The Art of Sue […]

Be Fierce: The Way Out Is In!

The Way Out Is In: Setting Up a Painting Studio

When “what is” is what is, “what is” is no longer what is. ~ J. Krishnamurti I was once teaching a workshop at a retreat center when I arrived to find the room far from […]

Listening to Your Intuition

Process Painting: Listen to Your Intuition

Intuition is subtle and always available, waiting patiently for you to turn to it. When a spontaneous image arises, we often erect a red light or “wrong way” sign in front it. It is as […]

Practical Tools : Brushes, Paints, Paper — and Time

Breitenbush Paint Table, by Peter Paul Rubens

Don’t let art supplies intimidate you. When it comes to process painting, brushes, paints, and paper are the easiest tools to use -- they do not require sophisticated techniques or special knowledge. Your desire to paint […]

Process Painting : Don’t Kill the Void!

Embracing the emptiness of a blank page

The untouched surface has a special power. The void is the source of all creation. In process painting, your willingness to meet this emptiness without panic is your greatest ally. Let the blank paper challenge […]

Process Art Basics

Process Art Basics

Process painting is not about technique, skill or training. It's about using the tools of art to explore creativity itself. Here are seven fundamental ideas about the practice of process arts to fuel your creative […]

You Are Not Your Painting!

You are not your painting!

Mistakenly believing that we are what we paint is the origin of all creative blocks. The creative force is like a beam of light: one moment it may focus on a flower or a god, […]

The Archetypal Language of Process Painting

The Archetypal Language of Process Painting: Black Hands

As this language speaks through us and despite us in the mysterious magic of the painting process, we come to appreciate more and more the boundary-less nature of our potential presence in the world. Over time, […]

Why We Don’t Interpret Process Paintings

Explore what happens when you don't interpret your painting

The most interesting thing to paint is what you don’t know about yourself. The true meaning of the painting is beyond any story you can expect or imagine. We are all well trained in interpretation. […]

Awaken Your Image Maker!

Intuitive painting awakens your internal image maker

If you don’t know where to begin a process painting, ask yourself: What would I paint if I really let myself feel? Sensing what to paint is so simple that we often disregard it. As you […]