This week’s Life Book lesson was taken by Alena Hennessy and the subject was intuitive painting. As I wrote in my last post about Life Book, intuitive painting does not come easily to me. In fact, it does not really come to me at all. I really struggle with it. I am a control freak and – as someone who draws rather than paints – I am not used to working in a looser, more fluid, instinctive way. I like to plan things, to have a vision of where my art work is going. Sitting down with a bunch of art materials and just seeing what emerges from playing around with them does not come naturally to me. I was, therefore, very glad of the opportunity to learn another approach to intuitive painting. We were instructed to set a timer and give ourselves just fifteen minutes to complete a painting, then ten and finally just five minutes. The pressure of time meant I was forced to get out of my head and just go for it, layering paint down, using different tools, just doing whatever came to mind until the alarm went off.
This was my fifteen minute painting:
This was my ten minute painting:
This was my five minute painting:
I am not sure how successful I was in the end. I think I did let my control freakery get in the way and impose some order on the painty chaos, especially in the two longer pieces. However, I think I did take a step in the right direction so that maybe I have some prospect of building intuitive elements into my art work even if that aspect of the work is balanced out by the more controlled art work.
PS I am working on a 100 Artworks Challenge at present which you can follow over at my other blog, Pict Ink.