Today in my online process art class a student talked about her experience in another process class she was taking. When she asked the teacher if it’s ok to intend to paint something ‘beautiful’ he reassured her by saying… it’s fine to paint beautiful things and do the process work too as long as you know which one your doing. In other words don’t mix the two. I can appreciate how this makes sense from a purely process orientation, however this is where my approach differs. In my classes I offer a middle ground between Process art making, aesthetic appreciation and dialoging with imagery. We create a safe container grounded in deep listening to help open the intuitive heart. For me our inherent thirst for beauty naturally dovetails with the longing for expressive freedom and spiritual inquiry. The pure process approach has great benefits. As an art school graduate and l