Art From Intuition: Overcoming your Fears and Obstacles to Making Art
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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.
subjective matter. Of course, it can all get very messy as soon as other artists, friends, teachers, and self-appointed art critics get involved. But this is a good time to start making these very decisions about “finished,” “not finished,” “good,” or “not so good” in your own work. In order to know when to stop, you may have to cross the line of going too far—this is overdone, overcooked, I went overboard, etc. So just take some of your automatic drawings and push them as far as you can until
come from sharing the creative process with others can bolster your enthusiasm and reinforce your commitment to making art, as well as improve the quality of your overall artistic experience. The exercises in this chapter are devoted to variations of shared creating that can stimulate your imagination and give you the opportunity to observe how others make use of their creative intuition. THE EXQUISITE CORPSE: A SURREALIST EXPERIENCE The Exquisite Corpse is a term coined by surrealist artists
group begins by working on a facial self-portrait made from memory. After ten minutes or so, everyone in the group passes their self-portrait to the person on their right. After the exchange, each person works with the portrait he was given, trying to modify the image (using erasers and other materials) to look more like his own self-portrait. Student working on shared creating portrait, pencil on paper. Shared creating portrait drawing in process. Shared creating portrait drawing, final
on their drawings to help guide their partner. This game is similar to the popular game Pictionary, except that all the questions and responses are contained within a drawing. Silent Communication drawing in progress, Charlie Braun and Miles Johnson. Silent Communication drawing in progress, Victoria Jacobs and Meesook Choe. Other Exercises to Try → Another variation is to use only geometric and free-form shapes and symbols for the Silent Communication. → Instead of drawings, have the
along. Young or old, experienced or not, the capacity to make art has always been a part of you, and you simply need to give yourself permission to go ahead and start, at whatever time in your life the urge hits you. Obstacle 7. I can’t make things look “real.” If the point of art were to faithfully reproduce everything we see, that ambition would have ended with the invention of the camera. Both realism and abstraction originate from a subjective vision in the mind’s eye that has no literal