One of the lead-off activities in a Reckless Painting class is to ask a few anonymous questions of participants. As the title suggests, it is worth getting an idea of why these people have signed up.
In this current session, a few people gave a similar response of “getting out of my head“. (Which is a good start!)
We can ‘get out of our head’ when we are faced with the unexpected. And comfortable enough to not worry about getting it right. (What ever getting it right means …within the context of reckless painting.)
We can ‘get out of our head’ when we use only white paint for the first hour or so.
Or when we paint on the table.
And then scrub-clean some new canvases to continue painting…
on someone else’s part of the table.
Actually, there are many ways to ‘get out of our head’ in a painting class.
It seems that the first step is to get out of our home’ and over to an art, music, writing, drama, improv, etc.
It’s great to witness art, but don’t forget to participate.
Welcome to Reckless Painting
- if you don’t already, please refer to yourself as an ‘artist’
- “Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.” Brenda Ueland 1938
- as often as possible, try not to think about painting while painting
- seek honesty, but feel no need to explain (except to yourself)
- be gentle with the brushes
- none of this will count for your final mark
- heed your first reaction
- ‘suitable for framing’ can be intimidating
- when painting ignore adversity: disliking work in progress can be an important step
- criticism – be it constructive, helpful or well-meant – is not always helpful
- ‘untitled’ only works once
Blurring the crisp edges of your world can help your genius-self achieve greater clarity in work, life and relationships.
Reckless Painting can help by blurring the brain’s expectations through unexpected directions, inspiring u-turns and fun re-adjustments to distract the internal editor.
For generations we’ve been pushing workers to … hide their empathy and their creativity and to pretend that they are fast moving automatons. … [Not only is it] not necessary. …it’s damaging [and it] builds organizations [& job descriptions] that bring no connection and no joy. … The world wants you -needs you- to bring your genius self to work. Seth Godin
Come to Reckless Painting where you can expect;
- to be at ease with your innovations,
- to be surprised with what your arms, hands and paintbrushes create,
- someone else’s paintbrush will land on your painting from time to time,
- the courage to let go so that you can continue on someone else’s ‘masterpiece’, and
- to paint-over-the-lines and complete the gaps between paintings.
Relax about not knowing. Your genius-self will know what to do.
If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.* If you can hold a brush, you can apply paint to the sheet.
What an interesting saying.
I’ve always believed that it’s addressing the unspoken ‘well’ usually accompanying people’s guarded responses to creative pursuits; i.e. I can’t dance …well. I can’t sing …on key. I can’t paint …beautifully.
It is a very constraining mindset.
Really, what does it matter if a person can’t dance well: why should that stop them? And aside from their own joy and physical activity, isn’t it fun for others to watch/laugh at?
Even though some people might cringe when they hear the voice of someone who does not sing ‘well‘, the process -and results- of painting can be far less invasive on others.
If you give yourself the chance to paint, then you can paint.
Reckless Painting gives non-painters and artists a chance to apply inexpensive paint to inexpensive paper without anxiety of ‘getting it right’. The intent is to paint and enjoy the creative process – not anticipate where-in-your-home you will hang the finished product.
When we quieten the editor, we slow the thinking process. …and then anyone can paint.
It has happened many times before. It will happen again.
People aren’t all that sure what they can expect at a Reckless Painting class – and actually, that’s not a bad thing.
Although a lot of what goes on is designed to distract the mind from ‘general predictability’, one thing participants can be relatively sure of is that they’ll be hanging very few of their paintings on the wall back home
…and not because their paintings won’t be beautiful – but more often than not each piece completed during a session will have been created by more than one person.
In other words, we paint on each other’s work.
After all, it is the process that is more important than the result in Reckless Painting. And each person’s growing ability to recognize their (often latent) creativity, adaptivity and responsiveness.
Inviting people to ‘share a canvas’ is very often a helpful step in that direction.
welcome to reckless painting – a place for people who claim that they can’t paint
…get comfortable and find out more how we can help you appreciate how creative you already are