The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Trust in your intuitive voice enough to surrender to it's call and act upon it. Remember, it is just paint on paper. This is a practice and the painting studio is a safe sanctuary in which you have the opportunity to witness what happens when you release control, listen within and act. Eventually, we may find the courage to take this practice out into the world. This is when the magic happens.
Best to begin on paper as you will find that you have less attachment to the final product and you can add pages if you feel the call to take up space! I use 200-300 GSM A1 acid-free drawing paper because it takes a fair amount of water without buckling but truly, you can use what ever is available to you. Canson is a good quality brand.
If you are feeling brave, canvases need to be primed and can be any size you choose. You can purchase pre-primed, pre-stretched canvas at art supply shops.
These are only limited by your imagination! Of course an array of different sized paintbrushes, rollers and scrapers are great fundamentals. I also encourage you to explore sponges, spray bottles, knitting needles, recycled materials and even vegetables!
You can use your imagination when it comes to your palette. This one is inexpensive and can be purchased at any art supply shop along with a variety of sizes and shapes. Choose which one suits you. A piece of glass on the table or an old household tray or plate will work as well.
What would painting be with out a glorious smorgasbord of colour? I use these small painting jars for ease of transport. No need to do this at home. In intuitive painting we use middle of the road quality paints so we can feel the abundance of colour without being concerned about how much we are using. Chromacryl and Jo Sonja are brands I use. Choose your colours intuitively or for practicality buy yourself the three primary colours red, yellow and blue along with black and white.
For those of you looking for a higher quality paint, I use Golden Paints which are simply delicious. A little more expensive though.
I use two pots. One for washing, one for rinsing. Works well.
With intention, intuitive painting can be a sacred practice, opening us up to something beyond the known self. In honour of this creative wisdom, I always light a candle before I paint.
For me, journalling is in integral part of the intuitive painting process. It opens me up to greater insight. It provides a verbal expression of the non-verbal. It grounds this powerful experience.
Smudging is a sacred way to purify your space before painting. Here I have included an article on best practices.
“Tea ... is a religion of the art of life.” Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea
“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture
Need I say more?