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.

Is Your Painting Finished?

Exploring levels of completion at a Painting Experience workshop

You are finished when the painting is finished inside you. What comes after you believe you are finished may be the most important time in your painting. Levels of Completion Every process painting has cycles […]

Paint Your Own Path

Painting bright patterns at an Esalen Painting Experience retreat ( from The Painting Experience Blog)

Travelers, there is no path. Paths are made by walking. ~ Antonio Machado Often we are strongly attracted to a form or image but afraid to paint it. “It would be too stupid,” “I could […]

The Myth of Inspiration : Don’t Wait to Paint

Big process paintings in progress at Elohee (The Painting Experience 2016)

  Wherever you are is the entry point. ~ Kabir Who does not feel the tingle of excitement at the prospect of painting? Paint is sensuous. Its rich vibrant colors and its yielding smoothness make […]

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 […]

Painting and Presence: A Video From The Painting Experience

A still photo of Betsy from the video Painting and Presence

  Process painting offers deep gifts, many of which are similar to the benefits of meditation. In "Painting and Presence," painters share their personal experiences of painting for process rather than product, describing how this way of painting: […]

Process Painting and Self-Compassion : Part 1

Process Painting and Self-Compassion : Part 1

  Staying present and compassionate toward ourselves frees us to express our unique creative wisdom. So why this topic -- self-compassion? And what does it have to do with painting for process? Well, let me […]

Painting Is Not Just About Painting

Photo of a woman participating in a Painting Experience workshop on Whidbey Island in 2016

  Your creative power, once revived, is not likely to stay silent in your daily existence. If painting were just about painting, it would be of little interest. Painting does not occupy a limited compartment of […]

Welcome to The New Painting Experience Website!

Photo of group in a process painting workshop near Portland, Oregon

This launch represents a heartfelt desire on our part to convey the excitement and momentum of the world of process painting. We're glad you're here with us! I'm thrilled to announce the launch of our new website after so many […]

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