Exploring Intuitive Painting

This workshop welcomes students of all levels who wish to explore a groundbreaking and transformational approach to painting (and living) that celebrates intuition, connects body, mind and spirit and allows unique and expressive paintings to emerge naturally and authentically. This process encourages you to allow your paintings to emerge organically in unexpected ways as a result of listening to your intuition, trusting and being brave. Throughout the workshop, instructor Patricia Barrera will demonstrate many of her painting techniques while creating a large original painting from start to finish. The process is broken down into easy, bite-sized lessons which explore color theory, translucent layering, value contrast, expressive mark making, dripping, texture, stamping and drawing. She will also offer invaluable prompts and exercises to support letting go, connecting to intuition, taming your “inner critic,” becoming unstuck and discovering your own authentic style.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Learn techniques for working with vibrant color and avoiding mud

  • Make rich and varied marks with a variety of unexpected tools

  • Break compositional rules

  • Embrace non-attachment as a way to keep exploring

  • Keep momentum by moving your body and staying positive

  • Work with what’s working to let go of struggle

  • Connect more deeply to the world around you to stay inspired

  • Embrace layers to create rich complex paintings

  • Find rhythm by spiraling between chaos and order

Required supplies for this workshop:

  • Two pre-stretched pre-gessoed canvas (no less than 24 x 24 inches up to 48×48 inches. You may need additional canvas, but just two to start. If you find the canvases expensive, other substitute options: heavy watercolor paper (something like a 300 lb. paper will work great), panels (such as pieces of masonite from the hardware store), paint over old paintings from thrift stores, or old doors. Any materials other than pre-gessoed canvas must be primed before class.

  • Four ounces, or larger size of these paint colors (any shade*) in red, yellow, blue, black, titanium white (heavy-bodied is best); plus any two colors you really love (preferably fluid acrylic for those) and one metallic color (copper or gold). Bring any shade of green, purple and orange (you can also mix these yourself if you prefer). In addition, feel free to also bring any other colors you really love.

  • Acrylic glazing medium/liquid

  • One sheet of mylar/acetate, frosted or clear, approximately 20″ by 25″

  • Five bristle brushes for detailed work

  • One palette knife or spatula in any size

  • Four foam brushes (wooden handled with the grey foam square from the paint section at a hardware store): 2 one-inch brushes and 2 two-inch brushes (the stiffer, the better)

  • A variety of mark-making, etching, and stamping tools such as old pencils, non-working pens, caps from bottles, bubble wrap, feathers

  • Spray bottle for water

  • Big can or jar for water

  • Rags

  • Apron or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty

  • Latex gloves

  • Paint palette, the bigger the better

  • Blank journal/sketchbook and a pen

  • An open heart and mind!