The thing I enjoy most about intuitive painting is how closely the intuitive painting process starts to mimic life. By remaining present in the moment, trusting my instincts, and not allowing my mind to start dictating what happens next, the push-pull nature of this style of painting starts to reveal numerous life lessons.
I’ve spoken about the influences that informed one of my intuitive paintings in the video below, as I take you through the evolution of this painting from start to finish.
Intuitive painting process: Into the storm
I started this painting with an oracle card pull, using the cards that came up to hold space for this painting. And these cards took the painting – and me – through quite the journey, teaching me many a lesson along the way.
Using oracle cards to hold space for the painting process
Soar. Unfurl. Descent. Storm. See. Those were the cards that came up, and the order in which they came up. At the time I drew them, I couldn’t image the journey they’d take me on. But what a journey it turned out to be!
Working with the idea of soar and unfurl, I started the painting with sunny yellows, lime green, and a hint of blue and neon orange. Next, I added in hot pink butterflies, colorful feathers, drips, and marks.
Things were looking nice and sunny, when I decided to draw some swirly lines and spirals and paint them turquoise blue. And from there, we went into the descent.
Intuitive painting process: The descent and the storm
Almost as soon as I painted those swirly lines, I wanted to get rid of them. So out came the gesso and some modeling paste. As I swept the gesso across the page, I felt called to leave some of the butterflies and marks showing through. And soon after that came the storm.
The bright and happy color palette changed into tentative marks and timid shapes, and then it shifted into stormy blues and angry pinks and purples. The entire painting going through a metamorphosis. And as I struggled with the canvas, going back and forth with images and colors and shapes, asking questions and trying desperately to find some answers, soon enough, I could see the answers begin to emerge.
Intuitive painting process: Gaining clarity
They say that art mimics life, and this particular painting really showed me the truth of those words. From the joyful clarity with which I started to the descent into the storm is something that we have all experienced in our lives. Confident and clear about our place and role in the world, until suddenly one day we get thrown into the confusion and the illusions that our minds are so capable of entangling us in.
One day we are clear on our dreams, and then suddenly we start doubting ourselves, unsure of whether we can actually live up to the dreams we have. As our fears start coming into the picture, suddenly everything gets muddled and confused. We lose our clarity and sense of purpose, we lose the conviction that we had in our ideas, and suddenly our way doesn’t seem so clear anymore. A thousand doubts and questions raise their heads.
We have little glimpses of our original idea still, and we hold on to those pieces and struggle and strive to find our voice and the way back to our conviction. It’s only as we enter the storm and work our way through the doubts and the fears, as we transform the way we think and shift our mindset, that we can begin to find our way back to our dreams once again. And then suddenly, out of that soupy mess we’ve been wading through, stepping stones emerge and slowly, the way that was so confused a little while ago, seems clear again.
Pretty much the way this painting unfolded, if you think about it!
Healing with art
There is so much joy and healing that I find at the painty table. It’s a joy I wish everyone could experience. Which is why I love to create mini art + soul ecourses that include curated guided meditations, journaling questions, and an art journal project from start to finish. The videos are broken down into easy to watch segments, which makes it perfect even for the most busy people to watch and create! You can find all the ecourses and sign up for one or more here.
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This concept is new for me. I love the final work and yes, the concept of healing through art holds so true especially in this form.
Thanks, doc! And yes, art is therapy – there’s an entire branch of therapy that does teach us how to use art for therapy/healing.
It is a very unique and exciting idea. I am always mesmerized the final outcome of your art and this is no different.
Thank you so much, Sonia!! xx
You are so talented Shinjini! Love everything about this website, its so uncluttered!
Thanks a bunch!! I’ve worked hard to get the website set up like this, so this makes me very happy! 🙂
Wow! So much creativity here. Loved the art. You are so talented. Claps??
hahaha! Thank you!! xx
That’s too creative I too love painting but the different pattern I use to do.
Very nice post
Art is therapeutic. The concept of intuitive painting is new to me. The final result is so beautiful.
It really is! Intuitive painting requires some trust in the process, but it’s a beautiful way to paint!
innovative and creative
Woah, simply brilliant! The creative process is something unique to each individual. I am sure my interpretation of the cards you uncovered would be way different from yours. I love the way your mind works and thence the art! It is soothing to watch the video with the art taking shape into something so beautiful!
Thank you, Kala! And yes, of course. There are many ways to interpret those cards and that’s the beauty of the creative process. That we can all start from the same place and draw out completely different things! xx
Wow didn’t know about this art form. Art surely is healing and therapeutic. Brilliant video.
Yes it is! Glad you enjoyed the video 🙂
Hi Shinjini, let me start with a confession 🙂 – the moment i opened your post, i just wasn’t sure whether i would understand even a bit of the stuff about Intuitive painting but i just got pulled into reading it due to the simple reason that you had written it with so much passion. As i proceeded with the post, i was trying hard to comprehend every word (another confession – i don’t have any sense of painting) because or my sheer ignorance about the subject. Now, the best part – when i started reading the “gaining clarity” section, everything started making sense. The way you described the process was impeccable. You have articulated it so well. Thanks for the beautiful post 🙂
Thank you so much!! I’m so glad that everything clicked together in the end, and that you enjoyed reading this even though you don’t know anything about painting. That’s always my hope – that even if you don’t know how to paint, you can relate to the process or the thought process behind a painting, and more, that you’re inspired to pick up a paintbrush and try your hand at flinging paint! 😉
Hii Shinjini.. this is a very new concept for me.. thanks for sharing the benefits and the procedure.. it looks really beautiful… Your videos are also very nice..
Glad you enjoyed the post and the video!
This is just beautiful, loved the entire process. Read such a thing for the very first time, very creative and am so glad you shared this with us 🙂
Thanks so much, Rashi! Glad you enjoyed reading about the process and listening to some of my thoughts while painting. 🙂
Those words in the last paragraph…about finding our stepping stones that emerge from the soupy mess….I so agree with you, Shinjini! Also, very often, we are pretty blind to those stones, until we trip and fall against one of them! It’s a personal experience. 😛
Loved your video…as always!
Its was a new and interesting read for me. Thanks for sharing. And I loved to watch the video.
Oh yes, I agree!! And half the times we trip and fall and then think no, this can’t be a stepping stone. I’m still a mess. This is also a personal experience
. I’m glad you enjoyed the video! I enjoy putting them together 🙂
The video of art coming to life was a therapy in itself. And the passion with which you have done the art and post, it shows through..
Wonderful painting! And awesome post!
Thank you so much!! Makes me very happy to hear this 🙂
wow.. Lovely articl. I have been an art lover but healing with it.. lovely concept.
Yes…I’ve found it to be very healing..and also a lot of fun!
just wonderful stole my mind while reading well written…
I had no clue on this buddy but feel so good to know about it, the video is awesome
This in indeed interesting. Truly enjoyed reading (and viewing) it. I too find joy in painting although it has been a while since I picked a brush. But this is something really brilliant.
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed, and I hope you pick up the brush again soon!
Glad you enjoyed it! Hope you pick up the brush again soon!
That was beautiful! I have heard this from a friend who often finds her solace in drawing random lines on the canvas. However, the outcome always strikes cord with me – beautiful and thoughtful. This feels something like that.
Yes, drawing random lines is also very soothing sometimes! <3
Looks so beautiful…both my kids love art – will surely introduce them to this…
Thank you! And I think your kids will enjoy it!
Art is surely a healer. Thanks for sharing this totally new concept.I had never heard of it. #wordsmithkaurreads #MyFriendAlexa #BlogChatter
This concept is new to me and honestly, Paiting and craft works are like French to me, though I would love to learn French oneday, i am not sure, i can go beyond staring and congratulating the person who did that painting or craft work??
haha! I was in the same place a few years ago, so I know it can be learnt. Takes a lot of trying and learning, but it’s worth it! 🙂
I have heard about tarot card reading but this concept of painting is so soothing and creative at the same time 🙂
Yes, it is very creative. And this way of painting also helps you unravel your own biases and thoughts, which makes it very healing. And fun!
This concept is new to me. As far as I can make out it is unstructured painting. I employ a similar idea when I write fiction. I just open my laptop and I start typing without any preconceived notion about what my story is going to be like.
In a way, yes. It is unstructured painting. You’re just responding to how you feel in the moment – and moment by moment you build up a painting that has depth and meaning.
i i lo the idea of healing by art. it would help because you’re taking the emotions out on canvas
Yes, and because you can direct the healing too, by working on specific things and combining different things like journaling etc with the painting process.
Hey Shinjini, I love the way you relate art with soul. Life is unpredictable at every moment. So correctly said by you, at one moment we are so clear about our dreams until the next moment when everything looks shattered.
Thanks, Geethica! And yes, fear raises its head very soon after we have a dream of something we really want.
I loved the way you began with random thoughts converting to carefree lines and then deep meaning of life. You truly are a creative soul.
Aww! Thank you!! <3
Wow! I loved your site. And such a unique concept. I had no idea about this and for me it’s so much information. Also the end product is wonderful! Tell me, do you think there would be a similar concept with other art forms like music or poetry??
Thanks so much, Sonia! I don’t think you can do something this unstructured with poetry. Nor with music, because they have some underlying rules that cannot be broken. In this way of painting, you break most of the rules! The only other art form that comes somewhat close to this for me is free writing. But even that feels pale in comparison to intuitive painting.
Maybe stream of consciousness or something…Thank you!
First of all, I loved your site. And such a uNique concept, such wonderful depiction of art, it’s connect with the soul. All so wonderful. I was just keen to know that can we apply this to poetry or music also? Intuitive music or poetry??
I always feel we should have a window to escape while we are depressed soul.
Never thought this was an option.
Yes, art can help you work through your depression. It’s worked for me quite often.
This is something i had no knowledge of and yet once i started reading i could understand where you come from and your blog post has surely opened some doors , hoping to learn more about this.
There are quite a few posts on intuitive painting on the blog, you may enjoy those too. 🙂
This was a new experience for me. I loved the way you walked us through your thought processes. And you’re very right. Once we fight our way through many storms, our way becomes more clear.
I’m glad you enjoyed the post! And yes, each storm brings clarity after a while.
The moment I entered your blog I got the positive vibes and I knew I was going to like it even more after reading your blog. Loved your writing style and so impressed and inspired by your creative process of healing through art.
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Oh, thank you so much!! Makes me so very happy to hear this. xx
Painitng, getting lost into the world of colors is like meditation. I remember attending to a discourse where the speaker told us the similarity between meditation and the art painting. You have weaved your post so beautifully keeping the soul intact.
Yes, painting is my form of active meditation!
Art id a wonderful way for mindful meditation and healing.The more intuituve the better !
Yes, it is!
I cannot even draw a straight line! Art is way beyond my league 🙁 I love the way you make art look so effortless.
Even I can’t draw a straight line! The good thing is, you don’t need to know how to draw straight lines to make art 😉
Your paintings have so much meaning… It was so wonderful to listen to your insightful commentary. I love how deeply you delve into the intricacies of the patterns and what they mean. It’s a very different approach to art. ?
I’m glad you enjoyed listening to me ramble along, Raj! And thank you for your support! <3
Wow! It is like let your feelings flow. I loved the concept of this type of painting. I wish I could paint.
Yes, that’s what it is like!! And it’s not that difficult to learn how to paint. 🙂
Its been quite some time now that I have seen your art, your paintings have always held some meaning and touches heart is a different kind of way. The art concept is new to me though, but really loved it
Thanks so much, Menaka! <3
I love doing painting too. But yours is truly amazing. ?
Thank you! And keep on painting!!
This is such a cool concept. Art always is there to heal you, that’s why maybe we are encouraged to cultivate a hobby
Yes, art is incredibly healing!