Painting Myself Free

Painting Myself Free

We’re happy to offer the following guest post by Diana Pop, who recently attended a Painting Experience workshop at Esalen and shared this wonderful description of her time in the studio. For the longest time, I painted all wrong. I started pieces with specific end results in mind. I worked painstakingly to paint them exactly [...]
Creating Outside the Lines

Creating Outside the Lines

It's hard to believe, but I've been posting to Facebook for The Painting Experience for almost eleven years. We have a large number of Facebook followers -- about 64,000 -- but because of the way its algorithms work, Facebook shows each of our posts to only about 300-1,000 of those folks. Every now and then, [...]
Q & A: How Is Following the Energy Different From Compulsion?

Q & A: How Is Following the Energy Different From Compulsion?

We receive some great, provocative questions about painting for process rather than product and we'd like to occasionally share them on this blog. We'll start with a question a painter recently sent to Stewart about "following the energy" and his answer in return . . . I have been intently listening to your podcasts. I'm [...]
Everything Changes: Impermanence and Process Painting

Everything Changes: Impermanence and Process Painting

After so many years of painting, somehow it really hit me that from the moment we start a painting, impermanence starts, too. I began painting with The Painting Experience in the mid-1980s. After that, I started a meditation practice, studying Buddhist principles and psychology. I took a long break from painting and when I began [...]
Connecting With Your Own Energy

Connecting With Your Own Energy

After creating a safe and spacious environment, working with energy is a facilitator’s primary tool. The energy determines how you move within that space -- for example, the questions you might ask and the suggestions you might offer to a painter. ~ Stewart Cubley, from "Working With the Tool of Energy," a talk available in [...]