Playful, Spontaneous Painting from Within
The purpose of this class is to support you in painting out of the don’t know mind--
learning to trust what is natural and limitless, being intimate with your feelings, and expressing your uncensored self. It is about Presence, curiosity, surrender, surprise, awareness and enjoying the process. I will be sharing ideas from “Point Zero: Creativity without Limits,” and “Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression” by Michele Cassou. (This class is not for you if you are looking for instruction in how to paint—techniques, formulas, rules, doing it right, planning, critiquing, creating a beautiful product and having control.)
We’ll start each class by considering insights around creativity.We’ll learn to identify what thoughts are blocking us and what questions we can ask to free ourselves.
We’ll have about an hour and fifteen minutes to paint and I’ll be available to support individuals throughout the class as needed.We’ll close the class with a time to share our experience.
This class is about painting and drawing as a spiritual practice.I reserve the right to be eclectic, spontaneous, surprising and unpredictable.
All are welcome. No experience necessary.
I am very excited to offer this class. My painting and drawing has completely shifted since I found Michele Cassou’s books in January, 2015, and attended a couple of workshops. I used to have tons of unfinished paintings and lots of resistance. Now I am always excited to paint or draw. I have spent the last year drawing and painting freely and so enjoying it.
I have also been deeply effected by The Work of Byron Katie and have used drawing and painting to express my feelings and emotions over the past year. “Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing: Meditation in Action” and “The Zen of Seeing” by Frederick Franck have also influenced me deeply.
I taught painting and drawing to adults for ten years at my home and through community education in a pretty conventional way. This new way of painting is now my passion. It is out of my enthusiasm and gratitude for my new experience that I am moved to share and support others. I have also been a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie since 2013, and I appreciate this experience of painting, inquiry, and meditation as one.
As Michele Cassou puts it: “ It is the basic tenet of this book that the creative process is enough. It is not only enough, it is a doorway into a direct experience of the essential life force which is at the root of the urge to create art. It is the process itself—in the creative energy it releases, in the new perception it brings, and in the deepened connection with oneself it fosters—that is at the heart of the desire to paint. To make this the whole point of painting is a simple yet radical act.”
Optional, but highly recommended: “Questions to Awaken Your Creative Power to the Fullest”, Michele Cassou. This fabulous little book is laminated and spiral bound which makes it easy to keep handy while you paint. Available at http://www.michelecassou.com/booktapes.htm
Both of the two books mentioned above are also wonderful(Amazon)
Supply list for Playful, Spontaneous Painting
Point Zero: Creativity Without Limits by Michelle Cassou.
Also by Michelle Cassou...
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Life, Paint and Passion--Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley. This book is all about the inner process of painting...the painting experience rather than focusing on the product. I LOVE this!!!