Begin without beginning – an intuitive painting process

oil painting of pink rose in crystal bud vase
quiet light

When I paint, I “begin without beginning.” Another way to say it is to “begin without knowing.” This approach is opposite of the advice to “begin with the end in mind,” or to know where you’re going before you start. I’ve found that this organic, intuitive painting process suits me better than pre-planning every step. But make no mistake- it’s firmly grounded in skills, always, to quote Charles Movalli.

An artifact, not a painting

Let me explain. This means that I don’t actively try to produce a “painting” when I paint, though a painting is the result. My … Read more ...

An intuitive voice

Intuition plays a big part in my painting. Often when I paint, I don’t plan the composition in advance; I jump in, start, and listen for cues along the way. I observe what’s around me and respond, trying not to overthink.

My intuition even lets me know when a painting is finished – or at least when I should take a break.

This signal comes in the form of a fluttery butterfly feeling in the part of my body that I now know is the sacral chakra. Only this morning did I identify it as this. Until now, I haven’t … Read more ...