Every human being has the deep urge to express honestly but we are not often encouraged to be our most unique selves.
Expressive art requires no special talent, skill or inspiration. Because your original style is already within, you are already good enough to begin.
You are creative and whole, now and always. Authentic creative expression simply amplifies and reminds you of your wholeness.
Talent Arises Out of Self-Love and Acceptance
Our creativity is available at all times and needs only an invitation to reawaken. True "talent" as an artist comes from taking risks and being willing to express everything - light and dark. In my opinion "good" art is authentic art, no matter what it looks like.
In authentic art you do not pre-plan anything. You learn to embrace whatever is expressed without judgement. As soon as you try to create something "good" you can easily become tense and self-critical. Authentic creativity is about loving yourself just as you are, and allowing yourself to express yourself this moment without shame or judgment.
I invite you to explore and learn more about creating without pre-planning. As an expressive artist I like to explore intuitive drawing, painting and collage, and I love sharing my creative process with you on my Expressive Art Inspirations Blog and on my website Expressive Art Workshops.
Painting for Product or Process
I once visited an artist who had two distinct styles of painting. Her one style was realistic. She laboured over her realistic paintings, placing a heavy emphasis upon trying out new techniques. She told me that she liked to challenge her mind to stretch in new artistic ways and that she often copied other artist's styles. "I work very hard on these paintings!" she told me. This is what I would call her cultivated style. She painted this body of work for the results they produced.
When I pointed out several of her almost primitive, tribal paintings on her studio wall she laughed. "Oh those are easy!" She exclaimed. "I do those just for myself for relaxation. I have been drawing like that since I was a child." She told me that her intuitive paintings just poured out of her effortlessly but that she thought they were strange and not very marketable.
To me, her intuitive paintings were beautiful in their rawness. They were alive, full of risk and adventure. These paintings were an outpouring of her natural, intuitive style. She painted this body of work for the passion of the creative process.
Two Ways to Fall in Love with Your Innate Creativity:
It is my aim, through these spontaneous art challenges, that you fall in love with your own creative process - and your true self along the way. If you have not tried creating spontaneously since you were a child you will be amazed at how much creativity you have inside of you. There are worlds upon inner worlds for you to discover. Spontaneous creativity is truly an endless adventure.
I invite you to explore a 30 day spontaneous creative practice to see what it opens up inside of you. Try making mandalas, intuitively drawing or drawing your inner child for 30 days just to see who you will become when you come out on the other side!
Many have already participated in this challenge. You can visit all of the collages HERE
Tag me @shelleyklammer if you would like me to witness your process.
Companion Course for Your 90 Day Collage Challenge
This collage "catharsis" course is accessible to everyone, and it challenges you to create a spontaneous collage everyday for 90 days to get your stuck emotions to move and release out of your body.