Feel it in full color
Painting and art is the greatest tool I have found for making sense of the emotions and thoughts floating around my head. I use it as a way to get a grasp on what is going on beyond the surface thoughts of "why am I procrastinating", "what am I afraid of" and so on. Sure I meditate and journal and think thoughts with words, but there is something in painting that gets me deeper, helps me feel what I'm trying to understand without floundering for words and stumbling on spelling.
I call this flow painting or soul painting. It is where product doesn't matter, it is purely for process. I walk away with a greater understanding of why I'm feeling tense, unmotivated, nagging pessimism or joyful optimism. I paint in layers that can take minutes, hours or days. This one I am sharing today took me a week of a few minutes each day. Trying to get through my fear of moving forward with a project idea.
I am sharing the stages of painting to show that things happen in layers. Beautiful textures, deeper emotional connection and clearer understanding. It doesn't have to make sense to anyone but me. The product isn't amazing but I love to look at it because I connect with it. It helped me in the subtle way that only painting can.
If you are trying to get deeper with your paintings, move through emotions of your own, or just paint through intuition I hope you will follow along with me. It doesn't have to be heavy, this process is a fun unveiling of emotions, wacky images and fun color.
Maybe you can see the thought process and development through the stages of painting, revealing and concealing. I can tell you that the final image is both sides of fear. Closed eyes is refusing to see it for what it is and the other side is wide eyed, facing of the fear and moving into it. If you are stalled on something, try painting it out. Turn those jumbled thoughts into symbols and expression of emotions.
Tell me what you see in my painting or what you have experienced yourself through the process of painting.