Intuitive Painting Zoom Sessions
10th SEPTEMBER, 29th OCTOBER
19th NOVEMBER 10th DECEMBER
Sunday 2nd OCTOBER
4 Saturday mornings & Sunday 2nd OCTOBER:
9.30a.m- 12.30a.m IRL &10h30-13h30 Europe
(Sunday 2nd October instead of Saturday 1st OCTOBER as originally planned)
THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
6-7pm GMT and 19-20h European time
An informal meeting/camera test on Thursday 8th September for those who wish to join, starting with a short meditation and time for sharing and questions. Let me know if you wish to join & I will send you a Zoom invitation. There is no charge.
INDIVIDUAL ZOOM SESSIONS
Explore the meaning/symbolism in one or a series of paintings, in connection with dreams & meditation experiences in order to tune into your inner guidance.
Payment for online painting sessions
Let me know by email or What’s App. how many sessions you wish to attend and make the payment in advance latest by 7th September. Please remember to write your name on the bank payment, so I can identify you. There are different price options:
Single sessions = 40€ each
Series of 5 sessions = 155€
You can pay:
Either by online bank transfer into my AIB account:
AIB Bank, 3 High Street, Kilkenny.
IBAN: IE19 AIBK 9334 2243 3880 34 (BIC: AIBKIE2D)
You could also pay in person into any AIB Bank
Or by Irish cheque & send this to me c/o Judith Ashton, Shambala, Carrickmourne, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
Payment in advance for all the sessions you wish to attend, before 7th September. I will send you a Zoom invitation once I receive your confirmation.
If you need to cancel due to illness or emergency, a replacement session at another date will be offered.
General Information: Set Up & Materials
You are in your painting corner, and you paint as you usually do in a Healing Art workshop. I look at you and at your painting, and other participants can also see you. At any time you can ask a question, or ask for help, and all the participants will hear it. I can also come to you, if it looks like the appropriate time.
Each session begins and ends with a period of sharing. You can always prepare in your own way before the Zoom session begins - dance, meditate, sing, draw or whatever you need on that particular day.
Being part of an online workshop needs some organisation:
• a laptop or a tablet,
• positioned in a way that I can see you painting
• with the app Zoom downloaded.
Your Painting Space:
Use what you have at home to arrange a simple and practical space. You can use: an easel, a wall, or a door. You can put plastic onto your wall, table or back of door to protect the surface and then use tape to attach the painting paper. In my home studio the walls are covered with soft plywood and then with brown wrapping paper that allows me to fix the painting paper with drawing pins. At Blanchville we used plastic sheets attached to wooden batons, that were then screwed into the top of the walls- this required several holes in the wall. The plastic sheets could be taken up and down and easily stored away in a roll. Protect the floor around your painting space with an old piece of carpet, thick plastic or pieces of cardboard.
It is great, but not essential if you have a place that can stay permanent. If you use an easel you will need a piece of hardboard/plywood to pin or tape your paper onto. If your painting space is private, you can leave your painting up so you can see it, as your painting may call you at any time. If it’s not a private place, just turn the painting around or take it down when you are not painting. Ideally always start to paint standing up as it encourages energy flow & freedom of movement. You can always sit down later.
Do not worry too much about the set up – keep it simple and use what you have. What matters most is your wish to play and explore using art materials. Here are a few guidelines about the art materials:
Sheets of paper - 50x65cm or 1m x 70cm
12-20 colours, ready to paint in small containers.
Brushes, plastic palettes and /or old plates.
2 plastic jars for water, rags or a roll of kitchen paper
One or two stools, low table or wooden boxes
I use water based liquid gouache paint that is fluid and easy to use. I use Lefranc Bourgeois Color & Co. gouache, which is good quality/good value for money in my workshops. They also have a range called Linel Gouache that has a great selection of colours. At home I use Lascaux Resonance Gouache www.lascaux.ch. This is a thick gouache paint that has intense bright colours. It was developed especially for use by art therapists and contains essential oils. There are many brands of gouache to choose from, so feel free to explore and experiment. Gouache paint is available in most art shops or online, even on Amazon.
Do not paint directly out of the original paint containers, as the water from your brush will eventually cause the paints to develop mildew. It is best to transfer some colours from their original containers to small Tupperware containers or old yoghurt pots that can be covered between sessions. At the end of each painting session, add a little water to each colour to stop them drying out between sessions and then cover. Store in a cool place or put in refrigerator. They last for months when kept cold.
When you mix colours, first put light colour in the palette then slowly add the darker colour until you get the shade you want.
I have used different brushes over the years. I bought a range of good quality soft acrylic brushes for my workshops, and many of these lasted for 20 years. There is no need to buy new brushes if you already have brushes you like. When you buy soft brushes check that they have ‘a spring’ in them and are not too soft. If you wish you could invest in a few good quality watercolour brushes. You need only 4. Good brands are: Isabey, Raphael. Sizes: 5, 3 and 1. Or sizes 3, 1 and 00. And for details, a very small detail brush, n°00 and if you want more, get a 1 and/or 2. Have a few hard brushes when you don’t want to be careful and also to use for mixing. Never let the brush tips sit in water and wash them carefully with warm soapy water after each painting session.
Buy paper that is not less than 180g and best is 200g especially if you use glue.
You can choose to work 70x 1m (A1 or Big Eagle) or 50 x 65 cm which is easier to find.
I introduced using glue in my early workshops as a way to help people become less inhibited in their expression. Many people enjoyed this so much that they often like to start this way. If you mostly started your paintings with using glue, I encourage you to try beginning some your paintings with a brush and after a while you will find that the creative flow comes just as easily. Using glue is a simply a matter of preference. If you still want the option of using glue then buy some wallpaper glue and mix up a small quantity before the session.
Support between Sessions:
The group sessions will help to unleash a new creative wave in your life and perhaps you will feel encouraged to continue painting alone. Should you need support from me in between the online sessions, we can communicate on What’s App or by text message.