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spiraling
in and
spiraling
out
Spirals are abundant in the natural world.
They are found in hurricanes and tornadoes,
in the patterns of seeds on a sunflower, in
the growing tips of ferns, on shells, and even
in our DNA. They represent cycles of time,
balance, progress, expansion, growth, death,
and rebirth. For me, spiraling also represents a
way of painting. I approach my paintings from
a place of wild and free letting go (see the
“Be Bold” section) as well as from a place of
contemplation, thoughtful choice making, and
commitment to my vision. This is not a linear
process. It does not travel from chaos to order
or from order to chaos. Instead, this spiraling
approach moves fluidly between letting go
and making choices, integrating these equally
important ways of painting along the way.
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I consider spiraling in to be the moments when
you are working with wild abandon, completely
absorbed in your painting process, and moving
from a place of pure intuitive expression.
These are wonderful, timeless moments, so
if the inspiration to keep painting is present,
by all means, follow your brush! Work from
a place of brave, spontaneous freedom and
continue painting intuitively for as long as
the forces guide you. You are in the flow
embrace it. This is your time to “let go,” so
don’t hold back.
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sPIralIng out
When you start to feel tired, complacent, or
stuck, this is the perfect time to spiral out.
Stepping away or spiraling out from your
paintings is a powerful tool that allows you
to see your work with new eyes. As is true
in life, when you are too close to something,
eventually you can’t see it at all. By spiraling
out, you are gaining a new perspective that
will support you to make new choices and
push your paintings in new directions. This
does not mean you have to decide the fate
of your paintings in this moment—most
definitely not! You are simply giving yourself
a fresh perspective to avoid getting “lost”
in your canvas. By fluidly spiraling in and
out as you build up layers, you are training
yourself to move easily between pure letting
go and thoughtful decision making … a handy
balance that will also support you in your
everyday life.
The following section will guide you gently
down a different kind of path—a spiraling
path—leading to a world of dynamic painting
from the heart.
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