Use Your Intuition as Your Creative Guide.

In every artist’s process and through every project there are decisions to be made — less/more; larger/smaller; darker/lighter; severe/buoyant; textured/flat — there are no correct answers, only intuition.

Making inspired decisions must always come intuitively whether based on your perceived audience, personal taste, budget, or style.  Ultimately, whatever choices you make, it is your intuition that should make the final decision.  Learn to become in tune with it. Don’t fight it.  And, most of all, don’t labor over it.

Whether you literally break a sweat and toil over an ingenious outcome or make a snap intuitive judgment, you will never ever make the absolute right and correct choice 100% of the time – statistically, under the best of circumstances, and even after careful, calculated and prolonged thought, your chances of hitting a perfect bull’s-eye will be somewhere between a 50% – 75% success rate at the very best.  So why sweat it?  Simply make instinctive and intuitive choices and move forward.

When creating, throw caution to the wind and don’t allow your myriad opportunities and imaginative paths to distract you from the easy flow of your process.  Follow your heartFeel your next move. If push comes to shove, and you find yourself absolutely stuck in an arty quandary, literally toss the dice, flip a coin, pick a straw, and then roll with the choice.  If you make a pick and you then sense or feel any amount of anxiety or distress, then simply make the opposite decison, and roll with that.

Remember that your intuitive choices are the only actions that matter when you make your art.  If you are happy with the decisions you make then nothing else, or no other choice matters.  Tap into that part of you that already knows the next and correct step and create with abandon.

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 I hope you enjoy my creative thoughts for hobbyists and crafters. I post new blog thought entries every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday’s are reserved for Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski’s guests and new creative personalities that you’ll want to know and learn about. Of course, I sprinkle things happening on Pickle Road throughout the week.

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6 Comments on “Use Your Intuition as Your Creative Guide.”

  1. Lori B
    August 12, 2011 at 6:57 AM #

    This might be the kick I needed. thanks, Mark!


  2. August 12, 2011 at 7:24 AM #

    Good stuff . . . need this!


  3. l menefee
    August 12, 2011 at 8:01 PM #

    thank you. I had to re-make some cushions for an old Drexel Heritage sleeper sofa (camel back, rounded arms) that I just could not part with (it’s 30 yrs old…hoarding, anyone???). I didn’t know how, I’ve never done it, but I just had to try. JoAnn’s-step 1. Foam on sale-step 2. Fabric that would work-step 3. A book on re-upholstery, right there, near the thread and zippers-step 4. Upholstery needles, zippers, batting…that project SAT on my sewing room floor, in a corner, for NINE MONTHS because I was afraid of it. Then, one day, it was time. And I did it. And it was done. I had to both subvert AND USE my intellect in this utilitarian/creative process. My intellect kept telling me it was scary, but then I had to use my intellect to figure it out and trust to the creative process. And I DID IT !!! ❤


  4. August 13, 2011 at 3:45 AM #

    I need to read this every day until it sinks in. Thanks!


  5. Machelle
    August 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM #

    Love it! I would love to color on fabric Just gonna do it!! oh I saw this on you tube,loved this girl’s attitude,thought you might too!!


  6. shelia rae
    August 13, 2011 at 6:48 PM #

    eeny meeny miny moe


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