Action painting is just what the name suggests: painting with pure abandon, dripping and spilling colors all over the place with no particular idea or plan in mind
In the 1950″s , Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and other abstract expressionist painters introduced action painting to the art world. However, long before that (probably since the advent of liquid paint) , generations of young children practiced action painting. It makes sense that children would be the first to see how much fun it is to toss and smear paint around without wondering if what they were making was somehow great art. The fact that the abstract expressionists made this kind of child’s play into an art form gives us adults a great excuse to play with paint, color, and texture just to see what comes out in the process.
One of the unique things about action painting is that the resulting picutres are a visual record of the artist’s “dance” that created the painting in the first place. Action painting emphasizes the dynamics of the painting process with a focus on movement , gestsure, and free-form play. This approach is a good place to start using your intuition because it allows you to use materials freely and to explore movement, spontaneity, and dynamic change without exerting overt control over the painting process. Action painting can involve your whole body- not just your hands – and allow you to use new tools and movements to make a work of art
Art from Intuition – Overcoming Your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art by Dean Nimmer ( contains more than 60 drawing and painting exercises).