Wild Arnica & Lupine Painted in Watercolor
on Location in Alaska by Jacki Kellum
Many years ago, I saw a movie about Michelangelo. The name of the movie was The Agony & the Ecstasy. Honestly, I remember very little about the movie, but because I find the thesis that some things about life can be both very, very good and bad, too, I often recall the title of the movie. There is an Agony and Ecstasy quality about being creative.
Being creative is like being a sane schizophrenic. That may be why many of the artists of the past, like Van Gogh, were thought to be mad. When an artist’s work is going well, his entire life view is exalted, but when a painting does not work out or when the words won’t flow, the creative spirit dips.
Creativity is linked to the ephemeral intuition. In fact, when an artist is at his best, he does not do his work at all, his intuition does it. In the above quote, Michelangelo is saying that in sculpting, a striation or a marking in the marble seemed to beckon him to make a cut here or another there and that by merely following that inner voice or guide, he arrived at his sculpture. In following an inner voice, the artist is giving rein to his intuition. The artist takes a back seat, and his intuition drives the car.
“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
“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