Painting without a Plan is an intuitive way of painting on large sheets of paper that allows you to feel into the process more than worry about the outcome. By using our body awareness during mark making and somatic painting we begin to get in touch with the emotional content that is conveyed by line, shape, texture and color.
This is an excellent way to move energy that has been held in the body in a way that is liberating and healing. It allows us to meet our critical mind with compassion as we explore the beliefs we have been conditioned with about our natural right to express ourselves creatively. It invites playfulness and authenticity that often reveals deep insights that have remained illusive to our censoring analytical mind. And the materials are simple and inexpensive, so we don't have to be frugal or sparing in our expressiveness.
It is also a wonderful way to create rich background papers to be used to make your own Painted Journal, which is the next course in the series. This enables you to upcycle your process paintings, including the experimental ones you aren't so fond of, into wonderful little books for further creative exploration.
I have been in the arts my entire life and I have used visual journaling for over 15 years as a rich source of healing and guidance. I feel so impressed by its ability to discover areas of new growth and healing where other processes could not seem to go. I have also spent the last decade training and working in the healing arts focusing on creative expression and conscious awakening. I have a MA in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM, with a specialization in Art Therapy, and a degree in Somatic Polarity from New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. I also have additional training in trauma therapies including basic EMDR and advanced certification in Brainspotting™. Creative Inquiry weaves this all together into a comprehensive way to access your own inner wisdom.