There are so many possibilities, it’s downright incredible.

-Gerhard Richter


I generally begin to paint without a set direction because I trust that I will know when it feels right. So when I begin, I sideline my conscious brain and let my intuition take over. I exclude conscious interference. I find this creative journey wondrously mysterious and exciting. It’s a journey into the unknown and into an abundance of possibilities.

I encourage you when you paint or engage in other forms of creativity, to give yourself permission at times, to suspend any preplanning or judgment during your creative process. I encourage you to disallow your conscious mind to be at the center of your activities.  It is great fun to let intuition be your driving force. I know that from experience.That is how I paint with tremendous enjoyment and little consternation. Invariably, what was vague in the beginning, transforms into an unexpected, pleasing, and mysterious, aesthetic form.

Creativity is about being receptive, initially, to the unexpected, taking risks, and knowing that you will make mistakes and fix them. Creative people make more mistakes than others because they try more things. As Albert Einstein said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” So reserve any critical examination for later.

“We need to listen to our instincts or hunches. We need to follow them because they excite us to enter new creative worlds. They direct us to embrace initially intimidating, but challenging projects. They give our lives the richness of experiences…they are starting points of our creativity.” (HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking).

So when I paint intuitively, I disappear into the magical communication between my materials and me. I remove any conscious control and allow images, instincts, feelings, into their own awareness. The journey is exciting. I never know where it will take me. Here is a short video about painting intuitively: