September 19, 2021

You need both of these to make your art amazing

I am super excited that our annual SPARK Program starts this coming week! It is a 21-day program designed to start or re-energize your art-making. In the program, everyone makes their own SparkBook, so today, I thought I would share mine with you, along with a very cool idea about art-making. I think you might find it helpful in evaluating your art.

Check this out…

In looking at the pages in my SparkBook, I noticed there are only two things often at play. One is the formal elements such as color, design, and even subject matter. It is all the things you think about as you make the art. I categorize this as all the information. The other category is everything that happens when you’re not thinking so much, such as that spontaneous flow of color and mark-making. Often these are the “happy accidents” that occur along the way. I think of all of these as intuition. I see my strongest work is not dominated by just one of these but instead has a balance of both. It is easy to let information crowd out intuition or vice versa. But, again, you need a balance of both, and when you have it, the work looks richer.

Understanding this balance of thinking and letting go, can give you a new way to evaluate, change, and improve your art.

Do you look for this balance in your work?

Let us know in the comments.

Also, in a few hours at 12pm PDT TODAY, I will be doing a special live presentation all about how to get going in your art. I will be giving some art instruction and answering a few questions at the end about SPARK for those considering joining us this year.

I hope you can join me LIVE TODAY at 12pm PDT on Facebook or YouTube.

Super excited!


PS Here is the link to find out more about SPARK.

Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

Join me and artists from all over the world in our Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group or learn more here about Art2Life.

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