spontaneous painting


Lipsett's (2001) description of spontaneous painting is akin to a moving meditation with Earth. She describes it thusly:


"The contemplative aspect to spontaneous painting couples the stillness of meditation with the movement or action of the painting body on the page. It also moves one beyond the self to incorporate all living beings…. Letting go to the flow of the paints is the desire, in order to animate the inherently spontaneous aspect of being. We simultaneously access the source of our being and connect into the life source of all beings when we paint in this manner. This work is about stilling ourselves enough to give colour and form to earth energy." (Lipsett, 2001, p. 28)


She goes on to explain the embodied process in embodied art connection:  "By engaging in spontaneous art creation I am both entering into and transcending my body to attain a contemplative state. I am also co-creating my body to record the transcendence. My hand chooses the paint, the brush and my whole being moves the paint across the page. The result embraces both my body and the body of the earth in a cosmic dance" (p. 162).

"Spontaneous art creation can take many forms including but not limited to: sculpture, poetry, drawing, improvisational music, dance, movement, writing, and drama. However, the medium used is secondary to the nature of the process of letting go of the analytical mind and returning to the place where the playful embodied child can run free. Its playful and free nature is art’s preferred mode of being (Gadamer, 1994). It is also the mode of being that allows us to create the deepest and most lasting benefits for self and the earth. We can experience a new way of dissolving into nature." (p. 30)