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Emotional Expression through Mark Making (EEMM) - Intuitive Art

Emotional Expression through Mark Making - Intuitive Art 
The paintings you see in this post are examples of the early process of new Intuitive/Mark Making Artists

Imagine how you would feel if someone said, "Let's do some art!" Just thinking about creating art creates anxiety.  It can be so daunting and intimidating that some people will not do it!  The thing about Mark Making is that there are no expectations of outcome. The value of the outcome cannot compare to the value of the input, the process. Scribbling, finger painting, splattering, scratching back, adding on, etc., is where the value lies.  Intuitive art is best accomplished with intention directed toward process, not outcome.  That is key.  

Realistic art is what most people are comfortable with.  People want to see something that they recognize. It makes them feel successful to look at a painting, say, "That's da Vinci's Last Supper!" It feels good to identify what it is.  Realism is often preferred because no interpretation has to be made.  We are ok with things we recognize and not so much with things we don't.

What if that same person were viewing an abstract?  What would they say? What do they feel? Often times they will say, "What is that supposed to be?"  "I don't like that" or "Any kid could do that!" Abstraction is the distortion of the subject.  The more abstract a painting is, the less recognizable it is. The degree of distortion may reflect the degree of discomfort that the viewer might have. Being comfortable with an abstract requires the new viewer to have the courage and take the time to experience the painting. Once the process of viewing an abstract is more familiar, needing courage shifts into anticipating excitement.  "What will I get from this painting?" "How will I feel from taking in this painting?"  "What will I know from taking in this painting?"


Artist - Brice Pollock  
"This piece represents abstract chaos coupled with a few 
strong strokes.  Creating abstract composite art has helped me re-connect with 
my unbounded creative parts.  Its unknown path towards creation helps me be 
more satisfied with experiences rather than outcome.  On this canvas I 
experimented with layering and splatter concepts I haven't tried 
before and 
colors I normally avoid."

Lesson I - Intuitive Painting - Finding Your Own Hand
Watching painters, taking classes, and growing up with a painter-mother, have contributed to my painting explorations and the development of the information below. Maybe some of it will be helpful for you. This information can direct you to know what Mark Making/Intuitive painting is, how to start, and hopefully, “find your own hand.”

Step 1 -Have a basic understanding of  the concept:  What and How -  What is Intuitive Painting and how do I do it?

The What.....The word “instinct/intuition” can be defined as what feels right or true without conscious reasoning.  Conscious reasoning involves thinking and in realism, it requires thinking about about composition, consideration of value, size, etc.  The practice of intuitive art does not involve any conscious reasoning, in fact, if there is conscious reasoning, you won't have intuitive painting. Intuitive painting involves sensing according to your intuition, your instinct.  Using your instincts to paint means using your instincts to make decisions about where you want to put/add paint or where you’d like to remove/subtract paint, what color, tool, and medium to use. Intuition can feel like making or removing a mark according to your “whim“. Just add or subtract a mark wherever you want to, wherever you feel.  

0689964001604937822.jpgArtist, Gina Bollini
"I was inspired by the beautiful new fallen snow on the mountains.  
It was nice to be in a group setting where I could completely relax 

and feel appreciated for something I created as well as appreciate 
the art of others."

The How..... The key to making the first mark, is learning to identify your intuition. Some people notice a change in awareness or a sense about where to put the first mark. Some people hear their intuition in their head.  Some people “feel” their intuition. Each person will have their own way of knowing.  

The painter new to intuitive art must identify their intuition about where to make the first mark. Identifying your intuition is like learning a new language.  At first it seems impossible and scary, yet with repetition, over time, it becomes familiar and friendly. Intuition is a subtle part of the language of emotion. The more you work with it, the easier it is to identify. Once you identify your intuition about where to make that first mark, don’t second guess yourself, just make the mark.  Don’t get stuck on, "Should I put it here, or here, or here?" Just make the mark. Don’t let time go by once the intuition has "spoken", just make the mark. Any mark, wherever your decision directs you, but make the mark. If you don't like the mark, once you place it, you can paint over it or change it in some way so that your intuition is synchronized with the final mark. If your intuition is not synchronized with the mark, you will sense it. After that first mark, keep checking in with your intuition and keep marking.

0475128001604937860.jpgArtist, Anna Hollon

Please view: OPB What is Intuitive Painting?  

0335862001604937899.jpgArtist, Benjamin Mitchell
"Working with art has always been a powerful tool of mine in approaching and opening
up to my own emotions, especially those that I am unsure of or maybe don't quite yet understand.  
What I had not anticipated was how profoundly insightful the experience can be
in a group setting such as this.  The feeling was one of having fun and trying different things
with an air of inclusion, acceptance, kindness and compassion.  All the while Kim was doing her magic;
a subtle guidance of our expression while providing the necessary room to self-explore, and 
ask questions and encouragement to reach out to help each other.  Then tying together the way the group 
expressed themselves in such a way that it comfortable brought insight without  even feeling like therapy at all.
When coupled as an opportunity to explore discoveries from individual sessions, just as the heart in my painting 
burst into the natural world around it, my own heart was able to do the same.  The experience still
resonates with me days later and as someone who has struggled with social anxiety
his entire life, it has proven more effective than any therapy I have done before."

Step 2 - Finding your "Own Hand"
In order to further understand and explore your own style of intuitive art, it might be helpful to look at others’ styles and methods. You can begin by exploring methods of intuitive painting by viewing the process and work of experienced Intuitive artists.  Really look at their work. Watch how they work. Identify what you can of their process. What is unique to them? See that the paintings all have a certain similarity.  That is the artist's "hand”. You will eventually identify your “hand” which is different from anyone else’s. In identifying your “hand” you will begin to recognize marks, shapes, and lines of that you consistently use in a way that no other artist uses. That becomes your style, your "hand."  It identifies your work to others, as yours. It is like a fingerprint; there are no two alike. Your fingerprint is unique to you and mine is unique to me. Your “hand” is unique to you and my “hand” is unique to me. That’s what is happening when we recognize a famous artist, “Oh, that’s a Picasso!” “Oh that’s a Monet.”  You are seeing "their hand."

Notice how the “hand” of the 3 different artist’s varies.
Jane Davies -  https://youtu.be/41ygASn0xnE
Nancy Hillis - https://youtu.be/VQeZFezindk
Pamela Caughey

(Blog Entry - LESSON 2 - next week)



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