Trust the process

Trust the process notes from an intuitive painting session

Notes from a recent intuitive painting session

Some days, you just feel so directionless, y’know? Like why are you here? What are you doing? What is the meaning of all this?

And those big questions make you feel scared and hesitant about everything. This is also something that shows up when I paint intuitively.

When I started this painting, I was just splashing paint, making marks, having fun (swipe to see – you’ll see a little arrow on the image below), and then I started getting scared.

Where is this painting going? What am I trying to convey here? What’s the story of this painting?

And I started trying to control what was happening on the painting. And it went to hell.

Just like in life, y’know? When you try to hold on too tight, control everything….there’s a certain stiffness and stuntedness that starts to appear.

But when you allow yourself to sway and bend like a palm tree, that’s when the magic happens. Because that’s when you’re open to the signs around you, adaptable to any circumstances that arise and flexible enough to change course as required.

Also read: The Red Thread

I’m walking away from the painting for a bit. Going to work through some of this fear – writing and movement helps – and then I’ll come back again, and we’ll dance together, the canvas, the paints, and I.

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It’s amazing how just stepping away from the canvas for a bit helps me to find my flow again. {Journaling helps too, of course!}

When I came back to the painty table, and looked at the painting again with fresh eyes, I was more willing to be open…to just follow my happy. Playing with my finger prints, staying open to what wants to happen, and being completely delighted with the process!

This painting has so much more interest than when I was trying to control the outcome. {Yes, this is what happened to that figure and tree above – and it’s my favourite part of intuitive painting – the unexpectedness of it all!}

Also read: Intuitive painting process: Into the storm

When I saw that painting, I thought white. This needs white. A lot of it. And so I splashed some on, and then followed each urge from there.

And here we are. Still a work in progress. But so much more interesting!

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And this is where we ended. The garden path…the peacock sitting on the branch of a tree above some ruins…I never could have planned this out myself!

This evolution of a painting, the unexpectedness of what will show up on the canvas and what direction the final painting will take, is what I love about the intuitive painting process.

I think this quote sums up this particular painting session – and also the intuitive painting process – pretty well:

“I have been finding treasures in places I did not want to search. I have been hearing wisdom from tongues I did not want to listen. I have been finding beauty where I did not want to look. And I have learned so much from journeys I did not want to take. ”

― Suzy Kassem

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11 Comments

  1. Loved the final quote. This is why I take to pen and paper when I feel I’m stuck or the flow has closed to a trickle. Just putting pen to paper has this impact of forcing my brain to stop moving too fast and to slow down. As soon as it slows down, all the fear and OMGs fade away.

  2. I wish I could have this approach while painting, but I’m very rigid. Of course, that’s because of lack of practice, for years, and also the method that I use. I’m not an intuitive painter, not at your level, no. I still think of a particular image in mind and I try to stay as close to that. What you do, is ethereal and so wholesome.

  3. Ultimate way to let people know how to sustain creatively in writing, very well said by you, that “when you allow yourself to sway and bend like a palm tree, that’s when the magic happens”, i too believe Art is boundary less it has its own flow.

  4. This sounds like a very interesting way to paint. I guess this can apply to anything be it writing or anything else in life where we get confused on how things are going after a point but then are able to get things in order eventually.

  5. Wow, your art seems to evolve into a spectacular piece of heaven each passing day. I guess its the intuition that is working Shinj. Thanks for joining me on #WW. Will go live again in a few hours. 🙂

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