What I want to discuss with you today is the method of creating an art piece with a minimum of mind participation. I am not sure if intuitive art would be the correct way to describe this method, but definitely is the closest I can think of.
What is intuitive art? There is no particular and absolute set definition for it. Intuitive art is created without planning, analyzing, or much thinking. Some describe it as a way when the artist follows his or her intuition rather than analytical mind. I describe it as a way to LET THE ART BE.
First time I experienced the power of intuitive art was when I painted “watchers”. When I started this piece I had something different in mind, perhaps field of flowers dancing in stormy winds. Instead, two faces appeared before me starring endlessly somewhere that was beyond my understanding. I love this painting.
Let’s take a closer look at what happened, the process itself. I started painting my stormy flower field by creating blue – gray background. After mixing, blending, reapplying and layering the paint my background was complete. I must mention it came out very nicely, but it felt very wrong. Somehow, I had no satisfaction, no excitement towards it. I was not into the scene. I had the urge to make it all even. I added more blue and got rid of my original background by using a palette knife. At that point I no longer had a control over my painting.
When my analytical mind had no suggestions on what I had to paint, my intuitive mind came to rescue. I got a feeling to make background darker. I used palette knife to create a patched dark background. Then I wanted to break the dark with yellow and green, also it seemed right to use a bit of a red. I really liked what came out. I let the paint dry. While it was drying I was looking at the painting trying to figure out how it needed to be finished. Then I saw the lines that were clearly making faces, lips, and eyes. I was nearly shocked and had no choice but to make those faces seen and alive. All I had to do was to go over lines with paint and Walla!
You might think that my experience was somewhat creepy, but I found it amazing, interesting, and transforming. It felt like I exchanged places with paint and brushes; I wasn’t a master, but an instrument, a tool. I followed instructions of my very own intuition; I’ve been told what to do. It was fascinating. This experience transferred my vision to a different level; widened it to a completely new perspective.
Sometimes, you’ll find it difficult to paint what you planned. You will have a choice of being frustrated and continue to struggle in finding a way to make your original plan to work OR you can simply LET THE ART BE, surrender to the process and see where it leads you. And if you accept “the change of plan”, I guarantee, it will be the experience to remember and to learn from.
You can have structure, organization, and planned strategy to find your art, however, sometimes you have to let the art find you. Keep your heart open and Have fun!