Mindfulness painting is an expressive-arts approach for authentic creativity. Its focus is on the process of painting and its effect on the painter, instead of the outcome, or product. Being 'mindful' simply means being aware of your thoughts and actions.
When we pair mindfulness with painting, we notice that many images and thoughts can race across the mind. This is normal and expected when we turn off outside input, get silent, and move our hands.
With an awareness of the present moment, Mindfulness Painting invites spontaneity, playfulness, engagement, acceptance, and finding answers from within. It is about the context we create from, not the content we create.
We often try to force “rules” onto our work. But, if we ignore the rules, we are free to explore. We are free to un-censorand free to accept. What we paint (and how we paint) can help us see a problem from a different perspective. It can free us from limitations, or any number of things that aren't readily in our awareness.
The true nature of our inner-being often gets left behind in creative acts where we are overly concerned with results, approval, and rules of what art should, and should not, look like.
To make art is to listen deeply.
Authentic creativity brings things into the light, where they can be processed. And sometimes, it just feels great to be expressive, even if you don't know why you paint what you do.
Some benefits that people have experienced with Mindfulness Painting include:
Ability to take risks and play
Enjoy creative process more
overcoming creative “blocks” (like perfectionism, control, resistance, and fear)
Feeling of freedom
A valuable outlet to uncover emotions and connect deeply with yourself
Confidence in one's unique voice and creative expression
You can find more information about Gabrielle's Mindfulness Painting classes, workshops, and retreats, HERE.