How I paint intuitively

How I paint intuitively

I would like to explain my take on how I paint intuitively. Firstly intuitive painting doesn’t just mean splashing paint around on the canvas and saying ta-da! It’s taken years of study and background knowledge to start painting this way. In other words you need to have your foundations rock solid.

As an artist it wasn’t till I started trusting my intuition that I felt truly free in my painting.

I would describe my process as ‘creating in the moment, driven by where my subconscious wants to take me.’

I start the dance on the canvas with layers and layers of paint.

I listen to my intuition on where to put the colours and maybe change the texture by scratching into the paint or dabbing it off. It really is play time. I use different tools which create different marks. Creating marks and shapes over these many layers, I begin to see familiar images from memories stimulated by nature and it’s beauty. Moments by the seaside or a walk through a forest along side a wildflower meadow. These memories translate into colourful painted areas which are fuzzy and feel melancholy where memories drift between each other. Other marks become more prominent. These marks whether it’s repetitive marks or crosses I believe my subconscious want these to be seen.

I go with what feels right and if I feel its time to stop then I stop.

I don't know what you believe or feel when you paint but for me it is like a mediation. I go with the flow and everything feels easy and liberating. I don't feel frustrated or question the decisions.

Bright joyful colours are my favourite and you will almost always find pinks or yellows in my work. As I want my paintings to feel optimistic and uplifting.

Painting abstractly brings so much freedom and joy which I hope translates into my art.

I hope this inspires you to just let it go and explore your intuition.

Faye xxx
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