Friday, October 30, 2015

Get up. Get Dressed. Paint. :Experiencing Intuitive painting

Setting out the supplies
For last week’s 15 MINUTES OF MIXED MEDIA, Rae Missigman limited herself to working with just a handful of supplies.  Inspired, I decided to take the challenge for this morning’s painting session.  What I set out to paint and what came out was an unexpected, enlightening experience.

I wanted to use blue, no idea why but I felt the need to use it.  It was the first color I selected when I began this morning. Imagine my surprise when I later looked up the meaning of blue: Indigo is the color of intuition. In the meaning of colors it can mean idealism and structure as well as ritualistic and addictive.” 

I pulled this quote from my Seize The Day Calendar:
 After a rough week with several students and left feeling inept and frustrated by administrators, I needed this message to remind me to "let go".  The colors in the message resonated as well as I have been working in my Fall art journal for the last couple of weeks.

I began by gluing down the quote then laying down color. Images began taking shape in my mind and I found myself wanting to use stencils I hadn’t laid out.  I didn’t question this or tell myself I could only use what I had out.  I simply got them and began laying more paint; instinctively picking up the stencils and laying them on different parts of the spread with no thought to placement, balance, or color.  Time was non existent and I have no idea how long I was painting.  When I made the last mark with the white pen, I laid it down knowing the spread was complete. 
 The carnage.

I felt exhilarated.  I knew something monumental just happened but I was unsure just what.  After quiet contemplation I realized what I experienced was intuitive painting.  My left brain needed to know more so I did some research online: 

Intuitive painting is a creative practice that releases impulses usually corralled by the logical part of the brain to make a work of art. People who use this technique employ their intuition to paint automatically without stopping to plan for the outcome of the piece.
From What Is Intuitive Painting?  By Amy Casebier

I did more research and found these:

I checked out this book from the library: Brave Intuitive Painting

The completed spread

Has this happened to you?  If so, what changed in your painting afterward?  Please share any revelations, insights, and suggestions.  Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share my painting experience this week.

Joining Paint Party Friday where having paint under the fingernails is the norm.  What colors are under yours?


  1. Your journal pages are wonderful. Lately I have to make my pages for various challenges, so have less time for intuitive painting, which is something I find very freeing. Happy PPF, Hugs, Valerie

  2. Nice journal spread. The colors are very fall! As are those leaves! That is a great stencil-I think I "need" it. Enjoy your day!

  3. Lovely page you have created. I'm more of a planner but when it come to making backgrounds I just go with the flow. Once I complete the page I feel a sense of achievement -:)
    Happy PPF

  4. lovely work

    have a happy PPF

    much love...

  5. Gorgeous page...I think the reason colouring is the rage right now is so many need an emotional outlet. Creativity, especially music, art and writing do that for daughter bakes and cooks when she's stressed with no intention of eating it! Also blue represent emotions too! Wishing you a better week ahead! I think you managed to work a few things out in your art! It's so cathartic. I have written poems that have taken me to a place of peace. Just purging to paper helps!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. Your desk looks full of colour. Great spread. Happy PPF!

  7. Intuitive painting is really fun. It can lead to some really beautiful things. I tend to paint that way, just letting things come to me as I get started. Often I have no idea what I'm going to paint when I start out and it's fun to to let the ideas just come in. I tend to let things sit for a while then edit as I see the need in order to pull things together a bit. Not always necessary tho. Have fun with it.

  8. I like painting intuitively. Most of the time my best journal pages are the ones when i let myself to play, without overthinking.I think the outcome on yours is great.The colours, patterns go so well together.Happy PPF :)

  9. yay! SO happy you "branched" out on your own! this is awesome! keep creating Diane - you are amazing! xx

  10. I love your beautiful paintings--so free and full of color and movement.

  11. I love the outcome of your recent art experience. The colors are beautiful and all work so well together. I guess your subconcious really knows what it's doing.

  12. So fun to see and read, I've started to paint more intuitively and do like it. I don't know or I haven't figured out if or what has changed with my painting afterwards.. may be I will do..?
    Lovely work you've got here.


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