Red Rose – Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting
Life in the 21st-Century has become a hurried and frantic affair. The USA has become a paper-plate-society, and this is the era of the multitasker. Yet, multitasking and hurrying can have devastating effects upon people who would like to write or to paint.
When I multitask, I am distracted, and I can neither write nor paint anything that is in any way meaningful. When I paint, I turn off my cell phone, my television, and my computer. When I write, I do the same, but I limit my use of the computer to that of a word processor. Very simply, before I begin to create in any way at all, I remove any of the escape routes that might present themselves to me as forms of technology, and I strive to meet my subject matter face-to-face. Then, I begin to unwrap it, layer by layer.
Creating for me is a process of digging deeply into the marrow of my subject, and it is my moving beyond the superficial in my response. If I can do that effectively, my intuition begins to speak and to move me, and I strive to allow my intuition to complete the rest of the heavy lifting.
Michelangelo alluded to this artist’s intuition in saying that his sculptures [his art] lay within the stone and that he merely followed the path that he sensed within the rock and set the image free. I believe that Michelangelo was talking about the process of allowing his intuition to speak to him and to coach him as he created.
“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. The same is true in writing. Each person has a unique song that is coaching him, and as the artist or writer listens to his own coach–his own set of directives–he begins a journey along a set of stepping stones that become a work of art. Collectively speaking, the products that evolve from this process ultimately become an artist’s style. In writing, this becomes the writer’s voice. Again, however, I am firmly convinced that it is impossible to access the intuition when we hurry and multitask.
Wild Arnica and Lupines – Jacki Kellum Watercolor Painting
The confusing thing about my art, however, is that I actually paint very quickly, and I write very quickly, too. Although I begin the process slowly, deliberately, and cautiously, I complete the process in a creative burst. In painting, the use of energetic brush strokes is labeled as painting with bravura.
The movie The Agony and the Ecstasy was made about Michelangelo, and in my opinion, the Agony and the Ecstasy of creating have to do with our creating via our intuitions. I have written several posts about the intuition. It fascinates me.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
©Jacki Kellum July 22, 2016