Click on this link for A great talk by Stewart Cubley: try having this playing whilst you are painting.
Today (March 2012) i created a space for some Process Painting – i’m very excited!
This is the first painting that emerged when i started Process Painting at Esalen, California in Dec 2008.
It still surprises me when i look at it and I wonder where it came from.
I went on an emotional internal journey with several more paintings: a couple of huge sweeping abstracts and another face.
This is not about creating art for others, or to sell or for any artistic merit, or to achieve anything – it is purely to allow the colour and the brush to take over an allow them free reign.
The last painting of the 5 days was this:
I had just arrived at a deep meditative place of connection and peacefulness whilst painting this picture and i had to leave it …
oooowwwwwwwwcchhhhhhh! the pain of separation …..
… and today, 15.Apr.12, just over 3 years later, i finally got back to Process Painting.
I have set up a space in what is my project room/studio. The room is full of clutter – unlike other studios shown on blogs with pristinely sorted and stored supplies – I included a bit of the scene as i am sure there are others of you out there who work in chaos too! Please say there are!!!
There was so much noisy chatter in my head as i faced the empty sheet of paper, i wanted to get back to the picture of 3 years ago but felt this was too contrived and i should (yes, notice how soon a SHOULD crept in) go with what was in the ‘now’.
I remembered how Stewart Cubley had encouraged us to go with whatever colour called to us and i was off – i just started with green and stippled with repetitive stabs at the paper – very therapeutic and then eventually here was a picture:
the sweeps curving under the painting were like cradling, rocking, supportive, comforting and i felt like i could have gone on repeating that movement for hours…
and then back to stabbing and stippling again using a nice fat stencil brush…
there was a sudden release of energy, not trying to make anything happen any more and letting swirling and zig-zagging take over until:
And i felt such a huge sense of relief – phew!
And it is this little person who interests me most – it feels like she is a part of me and i have kept her on the wall while i get to know her better.
the next time I went to the paints I went for totally different colours