Painting from the Inside Out with Penny Allport
"You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born."
Rainer Maria Rilke
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Through gentle explorations in breath, movement and perceptual inquiry, we awaken the potency that lies within. In the immediacy of process-oriented painting, we midwife the gestires, shapes and images longing to be birthed through us at this time. Through writing inquiry we allow the images to have voice. We discover the healing salve is in the process and welcome again the heart's enduring call to express in form, the hidden potential in the wordless mystery of life unfolding. Creative flow returns and we find ourselves in the embodied now, curious, alive and more willing to meet life arriving in the body, movement and life.
A work in process
by Penny Allport
“Blake used to say, when his energies were diverted from his drawing or writing, “that he was being devoured by jackals and hyenas.” pg. 11 Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write
“I need to paint.” I say. My husband rolls his eyes. He is frustrated by my “lack of focus” on my business. I have a keen longing to explore the infinite portals of creative expression, movement, sound, writing and more. “No really, I feel like I need to paint something. I need color and liquid texture. I don’t know?”
I begin to research painting classes. All seem focused on art history or technique. I am intimidated by formal art classes and know I just want to paint, but how, with whom or where I have no clue. (read more...)
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Penny Allport Writings
Perma what? My friends and family ask when I tell them of a class I am registered for. “Permaculture”, I reply. “Oh, that’s some back to the land idea isn’t it?” one of them replies. “Actually,” I say, “Permaculture is about relationship.
The relationships among people, the earth, her creatures, plants, micro-organisms, the elements – everything!”
I have six and a half acres of land I want to know how to steward well. I have no idea what I’ve signed up for, but trust “the call”. Thirteen moons of gatherings with a diverse constellation of people exploring “the Tao” of living in dynamic relationship with all of life, right down to the worm’s composting and the micro-organisms feasting below the surface of the soil.
Listening to the land, four leggeds, ferns and fauna ….. winged ones ……. and people. Trusting the forest knows how to be sustainable …. Listen and see.
The fertility of stone and the fringe places where two people, ecosystems and ideas meet.
Work with nature.
In thoughtful observation and action.
Take responsibility for our existence and our children’s children.
Awareness and contemplative understanding.
The Earth calls us together and demonstrates “beneficial authority” passing the talking stick to each being in an open system of exchange. A new constellation is taking form.
Everything gardens. Everything has a voice if we listen and regard. Not watch, but see. All of nature needs and longs to be seen.
The stars align and we remember ourselves in a web of diversity. Back to the land of being.
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"Mr. Reid and the Day of the Dead: A Program for Teens and Grief" by Penny Allport as Published in The Art of Grief, The Use of Expressive Arts in a Grief Support Group, Edited by J. Earl Rogers in 2007, Routledge Press