Sunday, April 22, 2012

intuitive painting, take 5

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling
of letting go and holding on. 
Havelock Ellis

hello people.

I've been MIA for the last few days.

Sometimes, life itself is too damn good
to be spending any time
blogging about it. 

I'm back now,
so you can all breathe a sigh of relief,
get yourself a drink and settle in.

I started this last night with no idea 
where it was going.

Intuitive painting, i guess.

i thought of the funny & multi-talented Cat as i painted,
when she posted the question lately
about whether or not we talk to ourselves while painting. 

I do.

Last night, i seemed to be repeating the words
just trust yourself.

And so i did.

It's still a work in progress,
so i'm not sure yet how i feel about it.

I sometimes wish i didn't always gravitate
towards these familiar leafy pod shapes...

But it is what it is, right?

If i consciously tried to change its direction
then it's no longer intuitive painting,
but controlled painting.

Controlled painting is ok sometimes
but last night, i was in the mood 
for letting emotions run free,
like wildflowers in the wind.

I'll try to post it again once its done.

It's a rainy Sunday,
my teenage son is here with a few friends,
and i think I feel
a painting coming on.

Hoping you all have a great week.

Pull yourselves away from the computer now & then.
It does the soul good.


  1. Love the progress shots. :) Intuitive painting is my favorite. I should do it more often. :) Great painting!

  2. Leafy pod things are good if that's what you are feeling at the moment. I'm often surprised by the turns my artistic efforts take too. I love the end result here, the colors are striking and I really liked the addition of the burnt sienna or rusty color. Do you paint in acrylics? How big is it? It's just great!

  3. Thank you both for the feedback...
    Terrie, it's about 20" x 20", and yes, it's acrylic.

  4. I see two painting merging into one and I often talk to myself, but usually I'm calling myself nasty names. lol So glad life is good :).
    Stay inspired!

  5. Love how it's coming along..I really need to paint intuitively more's freeing.

  6. I don't know if I talk to my paintings, but they definitely talk to me. They often tell me their names, or give me little encouraging messages. Which is nice.

    Enjoy your rainy Sunday painting. I'm having one of those days that's perfect for painting (being also rainy and grey and a bit chilly)... and I'm hoovering and 'just checking' some blogs. Procrastination alert!

  7. I am loving your leafy pod shapes, and the process that took you there. Nice. xox Corrine

  8. I love both the shapes and the colors in this painting. Trusting yourself is vital, and yes, I talk to myself all the time, not only when I'm arting. Not quite sure of what that says about me :-))

  9. It's funny... I was just thinking along similar lines when I was working in one of my art journals DOing collage. it is Very Much about the intuitive, there is a very lively conversation going on, though NOT one word is spoken aloud...
    I had cleared my walls awhile back and had all these photo collages of my son a many many years ago. I found myself cutting them out and adding words. it was a little like spending time with that wee boy I miss. I can't seem to wipe the grin off my face.

  10. MICHELLE, i think we all do that at one point or another.
    TARA - ah yes... the old 'just checking a few blogs'...
    INGER - i think it says you're human & very normal. :-)

  11. I talk to myself, but in my head only. :-) I see the female form, energy flow, and movements in your painting. Curious to see what the final painting will look like!

  12. I like your leafy pods. :):)
    I need to try intuitive art. Everything I do is controlled. You are an inspiration. :)

  13. CURRIE SILVER: I understand the grin on your face (if you're working with photos of your son)
    HWEE: yeah, i actually see a vagina & sperm...yikes.
    RITA: thank you for telling me i'm an inspiration. xoxo

  14. Thanks for the sweet mention! And I just talked to myself again. I DID! I said "I *love* Pauline's intuitive painting...leafy pods and all!" :) :) :)

  15. I love this with all the wonderful colours. So wish I could do that. No matter how I try, I can't just let myself go and just paint. You are very talented.

    Thanks for the lovely comment and for following me.

  16. Oh this is beautiful , Pauline!
    Great colors and I am really enjoying the "free flowing" effect this painting gives.
    This really speaks to me, what you stated here, "like wildflowers in the wind!"... love that. ((hugs))

  17. i was in the mood
    for letting emotions run free,
    like wildflowers in the wind. <---- I LOVE that! Awesome painting - I love the different shapes and colors you've used.... Intuitive painting is the best huh? :)

  18. Gorgeous - I love seeing how your art evolves with each subsequent layer of paint!!

  19. Pauline - Just wanted to let you know that I loved your painting so much that I pinned it to my Artsy Inspiration board ( and it got repinned times overnight!! Lots of people enjoy great stuff when they see it!
    Thanks also for your nice comment on my blog!

  20. Michelle, THANK YOU so much for sharing this!! It really is a small world when we can reach so many people out there with so little, isn't it? xoxo

  21. I've done the same, pulled my chair away from the computer for a week or so:)

  22. This is wow! I love the flow, the movement, the colours... it's superb! Even I do intuitive painting at times...and yes, I do talk to myself too :)))

  23. Lovely... I almost never paint, but today i wanted to try out for the 2nd time...came to AIB hoping to find an inspiration to paint swirls... Love the step by step!

  24. I'm so glad you trusted your instincts on this painting because it's absolutely gorgeous! I could totally see it as a fabric on, too -- I'd make it into pillows. :)

    - Sarah, visiting from Artists in Blogland

  25. I love seeing paintings in progress too! Very cool! What do your sons friends think?