When you hear the phrase, “intuitive art,” what kind of art do you see?
Hi my name is Carrie and I want you to proudly call yourself Artist. Here on Artist Strong we help artists like you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice. Today let’s talk about a personal pet peeve of mine: what intuitive art is and isn’t…
What kind of art is intuitive?
Here’s the thing: ALL art intuitive.
Let me say that again: ALL art is intuitive.
I’ve been teaching online for over 10 years at the time of this recording and since my early days I spotted the phrase “intuitive painting” or intuitive artist being used as a way to describe a genre or a specific approach to art. Specifically, I see this used the most in abstract genres of making.
As someone who spends her time in the word of realism there was something about this pairing of abstraction and intuition that then excluded me and my art.
Let’s be clear here: I don’t believe anyone out there was thinking about excluding anyone – there was something in this triggering for me and I took this as an opportunity to learn from it.
What’s the lesson in all of this?
The lesson? To better claim the use of intuition in my art. It has always been part of my process but I wasn’t consciously using it as a tool for making the best art I can make. Now I actively include intuitive process as part of my larger development of the work.
In a recent body of work entitled Anonymous Woman, I spent time sitting with each piece to have a kind of imaginary conversation with the work. They are portraits so I would ask the woman I was painting things like, “What color do you want next?” or “What patterns should we incorporate into the work?” I then sat back and listened.
So why I understand the easy relationship people see in the pairing of abstraction and intuition I hope today’s conversation reminds and empowers ALL artists of the power and wisdom that can come from working with your intuition.
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Now it’s your turn:
Have you actively harnessed intuition in your art? What about my realists out there: have you considered the role of intuition in your work?
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