Getting Into A Great Internal Space To Paint

Getting Into A Great Internal Space To Paint

You want to paint. And you want to be on a roll, where you’re really connecting to your inner life as you move paint on the canvas. Here are some ways I open up the space in my workshops and in my personal studio, giving myself the best possible shot at being in...
Why We Paint, notes from the studio

Why We Paint, notes from the studio

Why do we paint?  I mean, what is really getting us to the blank page?    Instinctually I believe we sense that painting could change us somehow.  We sense that we could let loose, we could be bolder than we often feel.    But our ego and...
Letting Go Of Judgment For Creative Pleasure

Letting Go Of Judgment For Creative Pleasure

(painting by workshop participant 2019) I’ve heard it said that the comparison part of our brain is the last part of the obscuring mind to go. And what suffering those insidious shoulds and criticisms bring, even as they disguise themselves as ambition and self...
Let’s Find Out Together

Let’s Find Out Together

I’ve been changing.  I bet you have been too. Do you remember last November? Wow… Across the board, personally and collectively i feel like we are all making difficult decisions and finding ways to feel good in our own skin.  For me this...

To Be Alive

So often as a culture we are striving, figuring, earning, achieving, performing and our hearts run dry. We can be a little dead, still breathing-but essentially dead–don’t you think? This is one reason why I paint. This is why I help others paint, create, live—so that...
Beginners Mind Is A Great Place To Be

Beginners Mind Is A Great Place To Be

Beginners Mind is a great place to be.  Beginner’s Mind refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions. In the studio I am always asking for people to have a beginner’s mind when approaching the painting...

Getting Things Done Without The Whip

Recently I was talking with a woman who was struggling to be both self-compassionate and accountable to her intentions. She didn’t feel like she could have both. And it got me thinking:–How common this is for so many of us who have something we want to do in life and...

The Magic Of An Intuitive Painting Workshop

Regular art classes never worked for me. I don’t bloom in instructional settings. It was when I first experienced painting in a sacred context, in a place of personal intimacy and depth that I opened up and found my inner painter alive and well. Actually, I was...