Some years ago, I reached an impasse in my work and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I seemed unable to make any new art and felt lost and disorientated. Something didn't fit. The art I was making seemed dull and uninspired and I realised i wasn't making it because I loved it, I was making it because other people loved it and I had been seduced by the hope of income and glory.
In this awkward and unusual space, I could not think what to do. So in an effort to go back to the starting block, I decided to make art in an unfamiliar way but one in which I could employ my creativity. I chose to lay out on the floor all manner of items, be they twigs, stones, ash, mud, barbed wire, string, tools, leaves, feathers and many other things. I began to make drawings with these items on sheets of white paper but purposely not engaging in a thought process of any kind. I would lay something on a sheet of paper and make the next move from the intuitive information that dropped into my head. I was amazed at how quickly I could work and that also I knew when to stop. I was elated with the results.
I tried drawing to music, leaving a set of basic colours in front of me and several different sized paint brushes. I played music of all different kinds and with my mind closed from thoughts, I allowed my intuition to guide me. It was a revelation. The work was bold, exciting, powerful and unusual and always came from the heart.
I began running courses in Intuitive Art (and still do), allowing people to recognise, connect with and trust this extraordinary facility we all have at our disposal. Blending our intuition with our capacity for thought and reason allows us to be extraordinarily creative and we need that capacity now more than ever.
I have a website dedicated entirely to Intuitive art where you can see some of the work produced by children as well as adults. it is a joy to see. Go to www.maberlydrawing.co.uk.