Energy Flow is an invitation to use abstract painting as a daily meditation practice. You’ll receive a sketchbook, supplies, and prompts to create “thought forms” every day during the month of October. While you’ll be encouraged to share your work on Instagram, you’re under no obligation. But you will be encouraged to select at least one painting to exhibit during a culminating exhibition at SHYFT. Cost to attend this 30 day, self-guided and self-study workshop is $95, and includes all materials. REGISTER HERE. 

Thought Forms are visual expressions of emotions, thoughts, experiences and music through color and intuitive gesture. Abstract journaling provides space to explore both an intuitive flow state and a mindfulness practice. (phrase coined by Annie Besant)

Attendees will receive virtual “in studio” time with instructor Sarah Darlene Palmeri. You’ll finish the class with a completed visual journal of their own and a better understanding of abstraction and mindfulness techniques and theory.

Concepts and techniques explored include:

  • Connecting color, music, and emotional energy
  • Discovering the root of emotions in the body through intuitive gesture and mindfulness practice
  • Understanding pictorial space as a tool for emotional alchemy
  • Exploring memory and mindfulness as compositional inspiration
  • Learning to “listen” with your eyes and how to talk about abstract work
  • Understanding the importance of ritual in transitions

All materials are provided and include:

  • 9×12 in mixed media sketchbook
  • 24 color acrylic set
  • Set of 25 brushes
  • Water jar
  • Paper towels
  • Palette
  • Candle
  • Matchbook
  • Box
  • Pen
  • 2 foam core piece for page separation
  • Color wheel with both light and dark versions
  • Zipper bag for supplies

This is a self-guided class with access to your instructor at mutually-convenient times. Gallery exhibition and party will conclude this event, with special consideration given to current physical distance recommendations.

“Growth occurs when we discover how to remain authentically ourselves in the presence of potentially threatening things. Maturity is the possession of coping skills: we can take in our stride things that previously would have knocked us off course. We are less fragile, less easily shocked, and hence more capable of engaging with situations as they really are. Along with the Roman Playwright Terence, we can say, “I am human. Nothing human is foreign to me.” The phrase captures the idea of being able to find personal resonance, even in areas far from one’s own direct experience and culture. Art that starts by seeming alien to us is valuable because it presents us with ideas and attitudes that are not readily available in our familiar environments, and that we will need in order to accede to a full engagement with our humanity…Alien art allows me to discover a religious impulse in myself, or an aristocratic side to my imagination, or a desire for rituals of initiation – and such discovery expands my sense of who I am.”

-Art as Therapy, Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, 2020


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