Art From Intuition: Overcoming your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art
Practical self-help for artists who want to free their creativity. Art from Intuition offers artists everywhere a unique system for freeing their own creative intuition, the sixth sense that directs an artist’s drive and work. By letting go of the self-criticism, doubt, and insecurity that discourage artmaking, artists will be able to soar to new heights of creativity. More than 60 practical exercises take the reader from the most basic intuitive art to more sophisticated techniques. Each exercise, supported by step-by-step instructions, is accessible to artists at every level, and the exercises can be done in any order. After each chapter, readers are encouraged to follow up by evaluating their drawings or paintings to see how they reflect their own personal goals. Works of art by students and contemporary artists exemplify how exciting and how productive a freer, more intuitive approach to making art can be.
the “Don’t think!” imperative. The idea is to develop a composition by starting anywhere on your paper with any materials, adding marks and dashes of color, and letting the drawing take shape on its own. To draw “automatically” means to let the process take over and guide you as you work. As you go, you continue to add to and subtract from this composition, depending on what your instincts and intuition direct you to do. The point of an automatic drawing is to allow the picture to tell you where
tall as 14 feet and as long as 50 feet. Less expensive alternatives include “building paper,” which comes in 36-inch × 100-foot rolls, or using black tar paper (used for roofing), which you can get at a lumberyard. → Each person may choose any drawing or painting medium, including charcoal, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, tempera paint, etc. Exercise 1. From the Outer Shell to the Inner Circle The first task is to pair up individuals to trace each other’s outlines on the paper. Each person
nonlinear, needs to meander, gathers randomly, and feels its way through trial and error, and is therefore an elaborate, groping form of play. Working quickly bypasses self-consciousness, premature judgments, and mediated choices that are too cautious. The goal of my approach to painting is to touch as much information as possible, all the while feeding my intuition so that I can feel the patterns that are layered beyond the confines of my everyday life.” Larry Hayden Stick With It! NOTHING CAN
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minutes in a tub of water. Then you can apply paint or inks directly onto the wet paper surface to achieve unique depth and richness of color that are different from those achieved using dry-surfaced paper or canvas. Soaked paper composition, watercolor on paper. Soaked paper and ink composition, ink on paper. Action painting made by using marbles dipped in paint and rolling them over on the drawing, acrylic on paper. Other Exercises to Try → Start with an initial spontaneous action painting