Learning to Follow Intuition in Jacki Kellum Art Classes

“I don’t know! I don’t know why I did it, I don’t know why I enjoyed it, and I don’t know why I’ll do it again!” –    Bart Simpson

Among other art classes, I am also teaching painting to students who have Parkinson’s Disease.  This past week, my students used shades of green to paint a zentangle leaf design. [The leaf design is taken from someone else’s work.  I found that image on Google.]  If you look at the gallery of my Parkinson students’ art, you will note that in every painting, the colors skip about the page in a balanced, orderly way.  Generally speaking, when you use a color in one spot, you need to repeat that color in strategic other spots that lead the viewer’s eyes.  As the eyes skip from spot to spot to spot, a visual dance unfolds.  If the colors do not fall in strategic places, the eyes are not led throughout the painting and there is no visual dance.   Again, if you look at the gallery of the students’ paintings, you will note that the color placement is fabulous.  [If you click on one image, all the images will enlarge and you can scroll through them all.]

In looking at the paintings, you might believe that before they began to paint, the students created a road map for color placement; yet, that was not the case.  I told them to just start painting–no planning ahead.  What I hoped would happen, did happen.  The students’ intuitions guided their color placement choices.

Bart has given the artist a huge insight into understanding how art becomes.

“I don’t know! I don’t know why I did it, I don’t know why I enjoyed it, and I don’t know why I’ll do it again!” –    Bart Simpson

Often, we don’t know why we do what we do in making art.  In creating art, something that leads the eyes and urges the hand to move speaks to the artist.  Each person has a unique voice coaching him; and as he listens to his own coach–his own set of directives–the artist begins a journey along a set of stepping stones that ultimately become an individual artist’s style.

“In creating art, something speaks to the artist and that something should be allowed to lead the way. By listening to that something–that inner voice–one is able to distill one’s own vision–or style.” – Jacki Kellum

Michelangelo said that his sculptures lay within the stone itself.  In essence, he was saying that his chisel just followed the path that the natural marbling and striations paved–moving one inspired or intuitive step at a time.  This should be true for all other artists, too.  While creating, a creator is often clueless about what drives him to make one mark here or another blotch there.  There is something–an inner voice–speaking; and it is in the artist’s best interest to listen to that voice.

“Knowing why one does this or that while creating is not important–just doing is the key to becoming.  Making art is an intuitive response.  An essential key in learning to paint is learning to hear the voice of your inner artist and allowing that voice to lead the way.”  – Jacki Kellum

“The best news is that, as we calm down and begin to hear our intuitions speak, we enter a meditative-like zone.  It is within this zone that the healing power of art is unleashed.” – Jacki Kellum

“For it is intuition that improves the world, not just following a trodden path of thought.” – Albert Einstein

“Intuition is the father of new knowledge, while empiricism is nothing but an accumulation of old knowledge. Intuition, not intellect, is the ‘open sesame’ of yourself.” – Einstein

“Indeed, it is not intellect, but intuition which advances humanity. Intuition tells man his purpose in this life.” – Einstein

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.  Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

The following gallery shows some of the students painting:

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