5. Process-Art Painting Workshops

Where: Union Square Studio, 1417 Hollins Street, Baltimore MD 21223 (near Hollins Market)

When: Saturdays, or for more information e-mail Noelle at: noelleimparato@gmail.com or call: 443 449 1065

PAINTING FOR LIFE. You don’t need to be an experienced artist to participate in Union Square Studio process-art painting workshops. All you need is to show up, body and soul. Let your spontaneous creativity awaken!

Two hour PAINTING FOR LIFE workshops are offered for those interested in painting for the sake of painting–not in imitating something out there in the world, but in painting for the very act of painting.

In PAINTING FOR LIFE you start facing a large blank page, not knowing where you are going, not knowing what’s going to come up. You free yourselves from all learned techniques and ideas about realism, proportions, or color combinations, knowing that you can’t make a mistake if you are open to how you feel here and now.

You ask yourself, “how do I feel right now? Heavy, light, sad, happy, angry, confused, sleepy…?” You physically get in contact with that feeling. You feel it in your body. You let your body move the way it wants to. You let the images come up. You move with that image. It could be your mother, your dog, your lover, an angel, the victims of Iraq. Whatever wants to come up, you let it come up.

As you release unnecessary control, you can more fully engage in the creative act. You paint for process not for product.

“You go into yourself, touch center, bring up whatever detritus there is, and spew it out. …You shape it. You do it again. Doing this is a spiritual practice. It’s healing because you’re detoxing.” – J. C. van Itallie

Process-art painting is a powerful tool for self-discovery and healing.

The act of painting might bring up emotions–old emotions repressed since childhood, or fresh ones triggered by our daily lives, or deeper feelings erupted from our sense of interconnectedness with the world and all its suffering. To feel grief, fear and anger is natural. It can be appropriate. PAINTING FOR LIFE is a safe place to express those dark feelings. Just as it is an appropriate place to express your joy and blessings, if that’s the way you feel.

The only rule is a true sense of integrity to what you feel in the moment. Not this morning, not yesterday, not what you dreamed even. Your dream may influence the way you feel right now, and in that respect they may influence your painting, but this particular approach to painting is not about painting your dream itself.

Usually the dark and the light keep each other in balance like communicating vases. As deep one is willing to go is the measure to as high one will eventually return. PAINTING FOR LIFE is a spiritual practice, a full-bodied, full-souled process.

“I am interested in the healing power of art, in experiencing where art and meditation meet.” – Noelle, facilitator of Vipasana Meditation practice and Painting For Life workshops at Union Square Studio

Noelle started practicing Vipassana meditation over 15 years ago with teachers of international renown such as Shinzen Young, founder of the Vipassana Support Institute or VSI, Christina Feldman, founder of Gaia House Retreat Center in England, Jack Kornfield, co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center In California, and Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein, founders of Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Noelle has practiced process-art painting with Michelle Cassou and Stewart Cobley, field pioneers in California and authors of “Life, Paint & Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression.” She has led painting workshops since 1998.

Noelle has a doctorate in Mythology & Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California.

A few books and audio tapes about Buddhism, art, psychology, and spirituality are available on request.

www.michelecassou.com/

shinzen.org/

www.gaiahouse.co.uk/

www.spiritrock.org/

www.pacifica.edu/

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