What is Intuitive Painting? Definition & Process
Recently, I animated an online masterclass with several artists. During this meeting, we discussed intuitive painting and some of the participants reacted to this topic to learn more. This article is therefore an artistic sharing to deepen intuitive painting.
If you landed on this page, it is because you want to connect your creative spirit with the plastic and graphic arts. And you are absolutely right!
Thank you for listening to your inner artist and exploring your creative potential through personal research like this.
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Definition of intuitive painting
Intuitive painting is a form of artistic expression that focuses on spontaneous creation and self-discovery through art.
As a branch of art therapy, intuitive painting allows for the development and nurturing of an artistic practice with no stakes, no aesthetic goals, no pressure, and no expectations of results. It is pure pleasure that operates without using stress or reason.
A form of creativity that is not limited by techniques or rules, intuitive painting can be used as a tool for personal healing, relaxation and artistic development.
You don’t need to be able to draw, paint or have any special knowledge to work with intuitive painting. No matter if you are a student, a beginner or an experienced artist, it is always very nourishing and rewarding to see your creations transform as you explore your feelings and emotions. I recommend everyone to practice intuitive painting to enjoy its many benefits.
The benefits of intuitive painting
- Activate your creativity by listening to your intuition;
- Dialogue with your senses by playing with colours, shapes and materials;
- Listen to your deepest needs and experience your full potential;
- To go beyond one’s limits by appropriating the space of the canvas/sheet;
- Entering a meditative state to disconnect from the mind;
- Facilitate centering, receptivity, inner connection;
- Accessing the knowledge of the unconscious;
- To immerse oneself in a creative process to trigger feelings of pleasure;
- Develop self-esteem and confidence.
What to paint with intuitive art?
You can paint anything that comes to mind.
Through free figuration or abstract composition, intuitive painting allows artists to break free from the conventions of representation, the use of colour, and to create works that explore the relationships between shapes and colours to create interesting visual effects. Be surprised by the work and most importantly, have fun!
Tools for demonstration – Amylee
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You can find a great range of paints in GreatArt store in Shoreditch (London) or on GreatArt.co.uk online shop.
You’ll Need Some Tools
- 1 sheet of watercolour paper 300gsm or 1 white canvas (for the demonstration, I took Centenaire watercolour paper 300gsm)
- Watercolours (here, I use the I love Art watercolour fan palette)
- Brushes, your hands, a stick or any other tool to paint or draw (The reservoir brush is provided with the palette)
- OPTIONAL: Coloured pencils or dry pastels
Watercolour painting is a perfect technique to practice intuitive painting. The fusion of water and pigments makes this technique uncontrollable and therefore facilitates letting go.
Wet the paper to play with the watercolour pigment – Amylee
Watercolour palette in the form of a colour chart – Amylee
Playing with colour on paper – Amylee
Practising with Intuitive Painting | Exercise to do
Here is an easy to reproduce intuitive painting exercise (time needed: 10 minutes)
10 minutes, I know it’s short but it’s in the emergency that you stimulate your intuition more intensely. The gesture must be spontaneous and the solution immediate. Reasoning and analysis have no place in intuitive painting.
- Start by settling down in a quiet place.
- Choose a support (sheet of paper, canvas, or notebook) that inspires you.
- Use your favourite colours to create shapes, lines and patterns. Use different colour mixes to create subtle effects.
- Try to paint without thinking or planning. Don’t worry about what it looks like, but observe how the colours change, combine and vibrate with each other. Use different tools to achieve different effects.
Release your limiting thoughts and let your hand and brain come together in a coherent way.
Pictures From My Art Studio
Watercolour painting on 300g paper – Amylee
Colour and paper create transparencies and gradations – Amylee
Intuitive painting or the art of letting yourself be carried away by your colourful desires – Amylee
Intuitive painting – The spots inspire…- Amylee
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The passion of Amylee, fine artist and author is to share her paintings between galleries, art collectors and her community. Amylee is also recognized as one of the most influential French artist-entrepreneurs. Since 2009 she has mentored thousands of visual artists guiding them to thriving their art career.