Blank Canvas ~ Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” —Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher When making art, beginning can often feel like the most vulnerable part. The beginning is the space of unlimited possibilities…and total emptiness. There can be fear and anxieties present in our minds. How do we respond to Read more about Blank Canvas ~ Beginner’s Mind[…]

Process painting workshop at the Bauer

Deep Play: The Journey of Process Painting

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So said the great Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. It can also begin with a single brushstroke. Let’s take a journey together. You are an archaeologist of sorts. Part scientist, part adventurer/explorer. You are alive, you are awake, and you are listening. With heart pounding and Read more about Deep Play: The Journey of Process Painting[…]

Painting as a Portal: Expressing—and ultimately befriending—your shadow side

She wants peace. She wants to manifest it both in her life and in the painting in front of her. But only the good stuff. The light stuff. She hates darkness. Yet her painting feels contrived and her annoyance with it grows. A sense of frustration begins to simmer inside her. Paintbrush in hand, she Read more about Painting as a Portal: Expressing—and ultimately befriending—your shadow side[…]