I have recently been working through the e-course Painting by Heart Online with Jennifer Doh. It took me a bit of time…working through some of my own inner issues…to open the first video and to begin.
I have been in need of getting back to creating and sometimes it takes learning from another to support a new perspective. The feeling of painting with acrylic and watching another creative soul start with a blank canvas has been just what I have needed to lose myself in creative expression, yet stay open to a higher expansion of my limited painting skills.
What does that even mean?!?
Well, for the past few years I have been exploring intuitive painting (a free flow of expression that allows me to put paint onto the page and exlpore what shows up). This is a needed bit of daily work for me just as Morning Pages is to my written practice. Meditation through some medium onto a blank journal page. I see the “metaphors” of life and what shows up as in a dream. I can choose to analyze the creations or not. Just like in meditation…allowing the thoughts to be noticed and pass through. Letting go of the attachment.
I have been working through many life changes (age, kids off on their own, job shifts) and much of my creative work has been left in the dust. I dabble a bit here and there, but nothing is grabbing my attention or has been much a part of my daily work. This has been troubling to me. A “block” while I attempt to work through a new phase of life. It is OK, but I miss the creative flow.
I decided to sign-up for Jenny’s class to allow myself to paint with the instructions of another. A way to expand my intuitive painting and explore from another point of view. I recently left a job (of my own positive release of what was not working) and signed-up for this class from the place of my “highest-self”. (…because, you know, I wanted to sign-up for a MILLION online classes when in the darkness of mild depression, but my higher-self helped me to wait it out…looking for a creative support from a place of calm).
When I began the process, there was much “mark making”. This was fun and light. Then, the “calming of the canvas” brought out images, shapes and textures that created a “scene”. I have placed the photos in order on this post. And I notice many things.
But for now…I am wondering what you notice? I am wondering where you are on your creative journey. I am wondering how you work through your process..