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Inspiration

Challenges of Intuitive Painting

I’m taking this class from Hali Karla, and I’m taking the class super slow! It teaches different approaches to doing intuitive art. I’m finding that making intuitive art makes me feel really uncomfortable. I’m not sure why, but just doing kind of expressive free form art feels sticky to me. I’m so used to having a plan in my head before I start a painting, but lately I’ve pretty much thrown that concept out.

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With the intuitive art it really is about what is going on for you in that moment. I’ve seen some teachers create methods for intuitive art that almost seem stifling. One example of this for me is Flora Bowley, I love her style so much and I love that she incorporates spirituality into her teaching. But I’ve seen what her students create and it is just like mini replicas of what the teacher is doing. They wind up painting flowers and birds and whatnot. It just doesn’t feel like true free expression!

Hali Karla teaches such a free approach, and there is no way to just replicate what she does. I feel like she teaches more of an open way to paint. In the first lesson we did ten studies, and I cannot wait to try the activity again! I don’t want to share too much because I don’t want to give away the teachings of the class. Needless to say the activities are ones you can do over and over again, and get a different result every single time.

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What I’m finding is my intuitive paintings really get to the heart of how I’m feeling or what is going on in my life. It is actually really incredible! Some of them are more abstract and some have some loose imagery in them. It’s just interesting what is happening with these paintings. They feel raw and I feel somewhat exposed making them because they show a side of me that I don’t normally share with the world.