Emotional Expression through Mark Making - Intuitive Art
(Step 1 and 2 are in the previous blog entry.)
Lesson II - Intuitive Painting - Finding Your Own Method
Step 1 - Developing your own method of intuitive mark making.
There is a method to intuitive anything?! The way that you are comfortable going about making intuitive marks, is your method. To find what you are most comfortable with might require many mark making, explorations of line, shape, space, media, etc. The more experience you gain, the more options you have to choose from. Your method one day, might be different than the next. That‘s the thing about following your intuition. It might not be the same each time. For example, one day you might like painting with watery paint and broad brush strokes as your first layer. Another day, you might intuitively start with making blue lines on the paper. Over time though, you will probably develop a sequence of steps that you are most comfortable with. Method is that simple.
- Below is a link to, Amy Maricle’s, Mindful Art Studio website. There are some free classes on the website and other educational information. Amy offers a video that highlights the basics of intuitive art that are present in method. The following is a list of the basics:
1. Time you spend mark making is time that you learn more about your self-awareness, self-acceptance, and
2. It is a practice in accepting outcomes; both pleasing and not so pleasing.
3. Identifying your intuition requires openness and awareness in the moment; mindfulness
4. Take time to step back and look at your work.
5. Turn the piece in all directions and take take time to look at each.
6. The process is like a dance. You and the painting work together in the creative process. You lead and the
painting follows, yet you are both participating in the same process.
7. Work on a number of projects at one time. It helps reduce frustration, moving to another piece encourages
openness so you don’t become frustrated and over-do the piece.
8. Take the time to pause, look at, and be with, your piece. It will lead you to what to do next.
9. Stand back and look at your work from a distance. Look at it. Turn it. Ponder it. Be with it.
10. Not knowing what to do next is an opportunity to work on another piece.
11. Follow your intuition/feelings.
12. Break all the rules. Roll the handle of the paint brush! Find unintended ways to use tools.
13. Notice your narrative. What thoughts are going on in your head?
14. Working on more than one type of project, journal, large mixed media paper, found boards, etc., will
reveal your openness. Notice how free/restricted your ability is when you move between pieces? Are
you dialed into finishing that first piece so it is all but impossible to move to another or can you tolerate,
or even enjoy, working on a different piece instead of finishing the first one?
Some people find that once they are in flow with the process, it is easier to look inward. Thoughts may
surface from the back of your mind that have been hanging around in a fog. When in the zone, it
seems safer to hear those thoughts. The zone is a form of your best self; the one that can handle
whatever is there to handle. The zone is a healing place.
Now that you have thought through this entry in terms of Intuitive Mark Making, read it again and think
through it in terms of emotions.
Day 2 of 3 - EEMM
June and Benjamin Mitchell
HERE IS ONE METHOD - START WITH MARKS
Simply start by making marks on a piece of paper. These are done with #2 pencil.
Add some more marks.
Adding a new color.
Added with an Art Graf flat block of charcoal on damp paper.
That’s all there is to this method. Start with marks, continue to make marks with whatever colors your intuition tells you, and continue marks with various mediums. You could switch around the steps, you are developing your method. You can do it anyway you want to.
Below is a series of layers that came out to be NOTHING like they started.
At this point, I got lost. I think there are different stopping points as the layers are made. I could have stopped at the layer 2 photos above. I thought about it at the time, but I decided it wasn’t finished. I think it actually could have been finished at that point, but I couldn’t be sure with the tape adding to the ”mess”. Once the tape is removed, I seem to be unable to keep the boarders clean. So, I leave the tape on until I’m sure it’s finished.
I covered the entire piece in Golden's high flow white. Let it dry, and after that, the Art Graf flat charcoal square was rubbed over the beads to darken them. Behind the white paint, you can faintly detect the warm tones from the original Golden‘s Nikel Azo Gold and Golden‘s Magenta High Flow Acrylics that you clearly see in the photos above.
Above is a close up of the texture of the piece. The texture used is Golden’s Glass Beads. To rub your hand across the top, you would think sand was under it.
The 3 photographs below show the early, middle and final phases of the piece.
In another session this...
Became this... (see how clean it is with the tape removed)
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