Fearless Painting

I can vividly remember having an art teacher tell me to never approach a canvas without a plan.  Once you have a plan, sketch it out in your journal, then onto your canvas.  Never paint without sketching.  You must know where you are going with a piece from the beginning. And, while I do believe that there is a place for pre-planned art, I also think there is a time to just let go.  I stumbled across Dirty Footprints studio while I was looking for an online class to take for my 31st birthday.  I ended up taking their 21 secrets class, which has been great.  Although, hands down, my favorite part of the series has been the lesson taught by the class organizer.  She has her own teaching style which she calls "Fearless Painting."  Do you ever have those moments in life when something just clicks.  When something just comes into your life at the perfect time and immediately you know you are on the right path.  Let's be honest, those moments are rare.  But, on my creative journey, this was definitely one of those times.  Her apparch and methodology resonated with my soul.  Seriously, it was THAT intense.  I was trying to explain it to Jason, on the verge of tears, I was so emotional about my experience.  Fearless painting has been so liberating. I am a planner by nature.  And, I've approached art with my planner mentality.   Each peice is painted with the thoughts of what others with think of it out of my own insecurity.   The whole idea behind fearless painting is to let go.  It is very spiritual and introspective.  Basically, it is a very hippie earthy approach to art.  As I was explaining it to Jason, he was like"Wow, you sound so . . . out there."  And truthfully, on the surface even I think it sounds a little 'out there.' But I can't help myself, I just love this style of painting.  There is a place for planning but sometimes you just need to let go. It has been unbelievably refreshing and exciting for me.  I feel like my art is really starting to find it's voice.

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I've been creating a lot using this approach.  I often wait until the evening, when I know I am less likely to be disturbed by little people. I've tried this during nap time, but being interrupted when you are in your creative flow is maddening.  So, I wait for a moment of peace.  I put on my ear phones and just let the music, the moment and my supplies inspire me.  I just can't even explain how much it resonated with me.  It is a lot like yoga.  I remember leaving my first class thinking, "where has this been my whole life?"  For me, yoga was the missing piece.  I had this idea of spirituality rooted in religion.  Yoga focuses on finding that connection within, on being open to your body and soul.  This approach to painting was like that for me.  That "aha!" momment.   Finding that beautiful balance.  I would love to one day teach this style of painting.  It is meditative and freeing.  More about the process than the product.  I would like to note, the teacher of this method is a yoga instructor as well, which explains a lot of her approach and why  I love it so much.

Here are some of the paintings I've done using this process.  Without trying, I think they all say a little bit about my mood at the time of creation.

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And for fun, the strangest painting I've ever produced.  This actually isn't from the fearless painting lesson. It was from another lesson on intuitive layers by Dina Wakley. The teacher had us make scribbles all over the page and then look for something in the lines.  I looked and turned the page upside down and couldn't make out anything.  When Jason came home he looked at the drawing and said, I see a fish with a funny hat.  And so, it became a fish.  

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Do any of you have an experience with intuitive painting or creating?  What do you think of the process?  Too out there?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.