Do you feel like you are an intuitive painter?
“That’s a loaded question.
I think everyone paints intuitively, right? But your intuition as a painter is as good as your command of the language.
We speak intuitively, but when you are speaking a foreign language and you have to think about every sentence ahead of making it, it’s really hard to have an intuitive, spontaneous conversation. Once you get a hold of that language, then you can start to have thoughts that just flow out of your mouth. I think painting is the same way.
When you start painting, you are unfamiliar with materials, and you’re not seeing all the nuances of everything, because you haven’t had the experience. You see some things, and when you get more experience, you have more facility. I think that’s true in many realms.
Sometimes we pit this dichotomy between being an intuitive painter, and being I’m not sure what else. The way I hear that dichotomy is as if intuitive painting is separate from a kind of awareness and knowledge of the details, of the language. The more you learn a language, the more intuitively and spontaneously you can speak.
I think the same is true in visual art, and certainly music. You do not want hear me play an intuitive saxophone solo! You’ve got to learn the stuff. In visual arts, it is the seeing, as much as it is the techniques and materials. I think that piece of it is less emphasized in the world.”
by Jane Davies