AND NOW ITS YOUR TURN
And now it’s your turn… Either draw in this space or take a clean sheet of paper. Gather together as many pictures and drawing materials as possible – pencils, pens, crayons, felt-tips, watercolours; the more the better. Sit down in a quiet room, close your eyes and paint. Be aware of the thoughts and feeling that go through your mind. When you feel ready, open your eyes and choose the colour that you feel most strongly about and start making some marks. Paint whatever comes into your mind. Don’t try to imitate art products or photographic realism. Just draw for yourself!
When you feel you have come to an end, sit down and look at your work. What does it make you feel? Does it remind you of anything in your past or present? What made you choose your first colour?
Painting can be a very powerful experience, a way of getting in touch with yourself. You might have felt a sense of release when you realised that you could put something on paper, or a sense of achievement to be able to control yourself in this way. You might have experiences a childlike sense of joy, but you might also have worries that this was childish.
The choices you have made in term of colour, shapes and form express your imagination. There is no right or wrong about his. What you see in a colour or shape depends on your personal association; the same colour could be seen as frightening by one person and reassuring by another. But dark blue is commonly associated with repression of sexuality, black with fear and oppression, and red with fire (though this can be a comforting warmth or painful burning).
Like playing, painting can be a way of resolving your contradictory feelings. By creating something new you can also change your perception of yourself. There may be stages in this process where you feel blocked. This does not mean you are not creative but that you have contacted something difficult in yourself that deserves to be explored further. And you can continue the exploration by continuing to paint.