Actively incorporating intuition into our creative process can be an easy but powerful way to upgrade our art. This works for both abstract and realist artists.
Hello my name is Carrie and I want you to proudly call yourself Artist. Here on Artist Strong we help you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice. Today let’s dig into 3 strategies you can use to access intuition in your art today.
My first strategy is one I use regularly: talk to your art.
I’m not going to lie, I feel a bit silly sharing this but I really find it quite effective. So what does this look like?
For me it means sitting quietly with a work and posing a question for it in my mind. I might ask my painting about color choices or even if it’s finished. Then I sit and wait, usually not very long, before I hear my answer.
For me, an organized more of an A-type artist, this is a tangible and practical way to check in on my intuition.
My second strategy for today is to embrace boredom. Turn off the TV show you’re streaming, put away your phone for a while and spend time without an agenda.
In today’s society it truly is an act of resistance to rest (and if you want to learn more about this idea check out @thenapministry on Instagram).
Having regular quiet time to daydream, nap, doodle and tune out can have powerful positive effects on our creativity. In fact, research shows boredom may even improve our creativity! (I linked one article below this video).
This may be counterintuitive but literally scheduling time to “do nothing” during our week may be just the ticket to creating the art you hope to create.
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My 3rd and final strategy is to regularly journal. I’ve journaled on and off since I was a kindergartner. You can see a pile of journals collecting dust in my closet here!
Journaling can be a place to record daily life, list and get out of your head all of your to-dos or worries, and/or be a brainstorm space.
Only recently have I started using prompts to help kickstart my journaling. Here are a few to get you going:
What is your first memory of being creative?
How can you incorporate your childhood creative inclinations into your art today?
What would your last painting tell you if it could talk?
What materials excite you right now and why?
Taking time to journal in the morning or before bed, even for only 5 minutes, can help you check in with your intuition and just may gift you with your next great project idea.
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Now it’s your turn:
What’s one way you access your intuition?
Or, which strategy will you try?
Tell me more in the comments below.
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Thanks for watching and see you next time.