Intuitive art or structured art is a dilemma I struggle with often. Intuitive art is direct and it happens and evolves in the moment. One step of paint leads to another and it goes on until finished.
Structured art is planned out in every detail.
More often than not I don’t like what comes out in the end of an intuitive art session, but in art journaling, it’s okay to let it all hang out and not worry about “pretty.”
As you can see above, I didn’t have much of a plan. I knew I wanted to make something around the eclipse today so I started with a large yellow circle and wove the rest from there. Is it pretty? I’d say not, but it feels good to me.
Intuitive art is led by feeling rather than a thought-out plan. It can be scary, but many worthwhile things are.
Above is another example of intuitive art. It’s raw and direct.
The above page is more structured since I put some thought into the combination of the background papers. As you will see in the following picture, the two have similar backgrounds and that was to tie the pages together.
This page I planned out. I knew I wanted to make an angel, but I wasn’t sure how she would evolve. I chose papers that added interest to the background.
I’d say that page is inspired by all the other pages people are making and posting online and offering in how-to videos. It was fun to make, but not very original.
The face was planned and the doodles happened along the way. It was fun and it felt original, not like a copy.
One artist I admire is Tamara LaPorte of Willowing Art. Her art journaling is beautiful and very structured. I have to say it bores me to copy in the long run. I just don’t have the patience. Do you? I still admire her art, but it’s not my cup of tea as they say.
The pages may be pretty but they don’t speak to me in the long run. They are satisfying to paint, but… After leafing through a bunch of my art journals I have to say 90% of them are filled with intutive art.
Intuitive art can be very frustrating, but also offer a window into my life.
So when all is said and done, follow your own star!
I have a lot of how-to videos on my YouTube channel if you’re interested in the intuitive art process. You can browse HERE.
I have a blog post about living in the Now and creating art. The Moment Of Now.
Check them out and have a great creative week!
P.S. My etsy shop EARTH AND FAERY is filled to the brim with magical and colorful things. Gift ideas anyone?