Spontaneous Painting is painting intuitively without having an image or model to paint from, where the result comes from a spontaneous play with the paint, the colors and texture. Most importantly, each brush or finger stroke comes from a direct response to an inner directive, not from an aesthetic standard.
This inner directive is fueled by the psyche, a rich reservoir of unconscious material that constantly strives to come into consciousness, to be integrated and make us more whole. Much of this material is biographical- the life experiences and key people from our present and past that has had an impact on us. Perinatal (around birth) experiences, given their imprint on the more non-verbal memory centers, commonly find expression through this art form. We may also access transpersonal realms that have more to do with our spiritual nature, the meaning of our particular life path, and our concept of, and relationship to a Divine Being. The painting process is much like dreaming, where coded messages from the unconscious express themselves in the painting through universal and personal symbols.
When we paint in this intuitive and spontaneous fashion, one’s cellular memory can also be activated. Much inner material, that is beyond language or even experienced originally in our pre-language early phase of life, very often reveals itself in this way of painting. Womb, birth, trauma and sexuality find expression in this modality.