painting techniques

mightiness of intuitive art

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!

graffiti on canvas

Painting is not only a process of creating; it is also a source of teaching. There are a gazillion tricks that will take a life time to learn, and even when there might be a possibility of finally running out of “tricks”, something else will be hidden up a sleeve. I love art.

Today, I want to introduce you to yet another painting technique that I discovered, a hidden gem of background creating – graffiti on canvas.  But before I get to the technique, let’s talk a little about graffiti art where a bottle of spray paint replaces the brush.

Did you know that “graffiti” was a plural of graffito? Graffito is an archaeology term describing ancient writing or imaging. Ancient graffiti did not look anything like ones you would imagine now. Images were created by scratching, scribbling, or were painted. Through years graffito methods were upgraded to paint, more so to spray paint. In spite of differences, both ancient and modern graffiti have messages to carry. We read history in ancient graffiti and art and social expressions in modern.  Ancient or modern time, the need for human kind to communicate with art is undeniable, don’t you think?

A couple of months ago my fellow artist and a good friend showed me her newest piece, and what I noticed on the canvas made my jaw drop. Please understand, I am a beginner artist, little tricks and new methods of using paint make me extremely excited! I discovered that it is possible, and, more so, highly encouraged (by me) to use spray paint to help to create background for the painting.  Spray paint creates texture and plays perfect role of filling the space the way a brush is incapable of doing (sorry brushes). Moreover, today’s availability of a wide colour range makes spray paint designs so versatile.

Spray paint is not difficult to use and results are rewarding, if you follow a few steps with care. Instructions are provided on the back of the can, also internet sources are extremely helpful. Here are a few simple tips: wait till your prime fully dries, find a very well ventilated place (outside would be the best), test spray paint on other surface before using on canvas, take your time, practice if you need to, follow the distance (about 30 cm), watch your movement motion, be careful not to over-spray, give paint time to dry before applying next layer.

Perfection comes with practice, a little bit of effort will bring most satisfying results. I promise.

Once your “canvas graffiti” background is complete, make sure layers are fully dried before continuing working on your art piece. Varnish as usual using liquid varnish or spray one.

This is my spray paint revolution, ultimately, I feel like a pioneer as I watch my paint techniques expend and my motivation limits widen.

I hope you try the spray paint technique. It will change your view on canvas from simple stretched cotton on a frame to a transparent, daring, exhilarating art field where visions come alive and inspiration materializes.

Good luck and, most importantly, have fun!

*Featured image is painting that was created by Patty Jean Labadie. You will find her beautiful art here*