Creating Art From An Intuitive Place
a comprehensive guide through the process
Hello! Happy New Moon in Virgo, welcome to my second letter. I love planting seeds during this time of month, so I thought it would be nice to share how I create art from an intuitive place. If you learn anything or feel a spark, please let me know. I’m always curious and interested in hearing from you.
There are a number of questions and feelings I look out for when moving through my art practice.
I’ll be going over the following:
Figuring out the Why
Tuning into the senses
Gathering the tools
Creating the art
Before I get started, I wanted to share some tools that have helped me set the tone for my creative projects.
If words are magic, then affirmations are spells.
Since most of my practice is about finding my inner voice, affirmations are how I set the environment of my creative space.
Some affirmations that I like to sing to myself:
I am on a divine path
I trust my intuition
My ambition and enthusiasm are sacred
I empty my ears from criticism, I soften my ears and open up to the sacred within
Ok, let’s begin.
1. THE WHY:
First I start by exploring the why.
Why am I photographing this? Why am I filming this? Why am I writing this? If I’m unable to answer my why but I’m able to feel it, then that is good enough because my curiosity has been sparked.
Our curiosity is extremely sacred. We don’t always need to communicate what we are feeling, but if we are able to simply feel it, that is key!
2. TUNING INTO THE SENSES:
The next thing I do is connect with the emotion of the why. This involves triggering my different senses. What colors am I seeing? What colors am I feeling? What am I smelling? What sounds am I feeling? etc.
Tuning into the senses is a form of meditation.
3.GATHERING THE TOOLS
I continue by asking, what medium will express my senses? What tools do I want to use?
Gathering the tools involves taking action on curiosity and defining the approach. When I figure out the tools I want to use, the creation process becomes an extension of my meditational practice.
4.CREATING THE ART:
At this point I have taken all the steps towards tending to my creative hygiene. It’s such a breath of fresh air when I’m able to see through my doubts and let my voice flow naturally. I feel really connected to my wild self and intuition in these moments. The confidence comes from staying present and affirming myself throughout the process.
Creating the art becomes easeful when I take time to tend to my mind and emotions. It’s a bodily experience, one where the mind takes a backseat.
CASE STUDY: DEAR RIVER
In this example I’ll share how I used my 4 step process to make an experimental video.
I decided to work on a piece where I meditated with the Hudson River. I couldn’t entirely communicate how I was feeling but I could acknowledge that there was something intense going on in my curiosity, aka a big why.
I tuned into to the river, held space for the river, empathized and I think I might have even cried with the river. At this point I had connected my 6th sense with the river.
After meditating with the river for about 2 weeks, I decided it was now time to film. The river is a very beautiful and ancient being, I had no idea what medium I would use to capture her, but since I developed the confidence of listening to the river, I felt that bringing my camera and filming might be it. I didn’t think too much about what I was filming, I just sought out to do it through gathering the tools I needed.
Creating the art looked like editing down what I had filmed. Making “Dear River” was an intuition lead practice because I mirrored parallel feelings I had when meditating near the river. Throughout the whole process I was able to answer my why and affirm my relationship to water.
Here’s a preview of the video! Offering Rain ( amazing musician, painter , DJ) scored the piece.
At the end of the day art is really just about feeling something, and expressing it. Our intuition is connected with the energy of our heart. Our heart know a language that is intelligent and magnetic.
There’s something really special about being able to reclaim our inner voice through a mindful art practice, especially one where we center the needs of our intuition.
I would love to hear if you connected with anything I shared. Or if you have something that allows you to turn your mind off and turn your body on.
Signing off with one of my favorite songs by Beautiful Chorus feat India Arie “I AM”.
These books help ground me when I’m unable to translate the needs of my intuition.
Women Who Run With the Wolves:
“…the poorest bargain of our lives is the one we make when we forfeit our deep knowing life for know that is far more frail, when we give up our teeth, our claws, our sense, our scent, when we surrender our wilder nature…”
"The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
A Wizard of Earthsea:
“A man ... knowing his whole true self, cannot be used or possessed by any power other than himself.”
SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR MY READERS:
I’m sharing a limited 50% discount code: newmoon50 for my New Moon Print Collection.
If you’re looking to invite some abundance for the New Moon on Saturday, be sure to check out my print shop. My print shop features images from my really magical camera that captures auras and different angels. Each image has a special intention and purpose.
image one: still my short experimental film “Dear River”
image two: still my short experimental film “Dear River”
image three: preview of short experimental film “Dear River”
image four: 35mm photo taken by me, featured in my print shop