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"Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs." - David Lynch


As artists we have to [at least sometimes] use our intuition to guide our path. The goal is to make art without overthinking the creative process. This week, I want you to take at last one session of your personal creative time and avoid your usual process and check list and try to make something using only your intuition, with the only goal being to spend time with your craft.

My Answer:

I took many small chunks of time this week to create in a fluid and freeform way. I never feel that I have A LOT of time to do this, but I have learned that for myself, there is a “sweet spot”… after I am set up, warmed up, and have gotten a few things out of my head… I usually have 15-30 minutes to create intuitively before my right brained-ness fatigues and I shift back into my usual to do list. This allows me to be “creative” but also feel productive again.

Thoughts and Actions:

Intuitive art is the act of tapping into your creative intuition as a means of producing art. By doing so, you're able to create art in a non-judgemental way that grants you the liberty of experimenting and making mistakes. The goal is to make art without overthinking the creative process.

Regardless of the medium, it can be incredibly difficult to come up with new ideas when your creative well spring has run dry… a great way to overcome this lack of inspiration is to create intuitively.

But how do we do that?

Intuitive art is all about feeling rather than thinking. It’s often spontaneous and rarely has a plan.

In other words, you switch from the analytical left-brain and tap into the creative, intuitive potential of the right-brain.

I mostly create intuitively each week… the only consistent parameter is the apparatus. I’m always happy to include requests and promote from patrons, but when I don’t have anything, I create entirely intuitively, letting how I feel guide the process.

There are many benefits to creating in this way:

  • Learning how to loosen up with your art by giving yourself permission not to be perfect

  • Creating more often because you learn not to rely on a need/structure 

  • Finding your voice by exploring your artistic style

  • Knowing how to create even when you’re experiencing a block

  • Trusting your imagination and not being attached to the final outcome

It takes time develop, just like any skill.

There is no specific way to start creating intuitively because there is no order in which to creative intuitive art. My best advice is to carve out time and abandon any and all expectation but move forward and make SOMETHING, whatever seems obvious or satisfying in the moment.

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