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Creating Outside the Lines

Woman working on large process painting at Encino Painting Experience workshop

It's hard to believe, but I've been posting to Facebook for The Painting Experience for almost eleven years. We have a large number of Facebook followers -- about 64,000 -- but because of the way […]

Connecting With Your Own Energy

Jean Matlack working on a process painting

After creating a safe and spacious environment, working with energy is a facilitator’s primary tool. The energy determines how you move within that space -- for example, the questions you might ask and the suggestions […]

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, […]

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 […]

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