Inspired by Intuition

There is a type of a painting technique called Intuitive Painting.  It is a method of trusting your brush, getting into meditation and letting go of inhibitions.  I’m so inspired by works of Tracy Verdugo and Flora Bowley!  They have such big and vibrant paintings that are marvelous.  How could I (a bit of a control freak) let go and let my intuition take over?

butterfly in garden 1

Well, I will tell you it wasn’t easy.  I tried to eliminate distractions and any possible interruptions.  The one thing I wasn’t able to give up were my stencils!  I’m a stencil lover and proud of it!  So I used about 7 stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.  I started first with a base of acrylic paint from Americana; Deep Periwinkle, Coral Blush, Desert Turquoise, Green Mist and Bahama Blue.


This definitely looks like I had an explosion on my worktable!  I also used some bubble wrap and different size caps to add even more details and texture.  I used DecoArt’s Media Line Fluid Acrylics in Viridian, Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Yellow Oxide, Cobalt Teal Hue and Cobalt Blue Hue.



Once I was happy with the background, I outlined a butterfly and plants with my white charcoal pencil.  I did a glazed wash on the negative space using Americana Glazing Medium with Green Tea and Robins’ Egg.  I wanted to add some more texture so I applied white modeling paste with one of my favorite script stencils.  The Media Line misters were perfect for the drips and with the sun mask.

butterfly in garden 3

I used my favorite white marker, Molotow One4all Acrylic marker, to outline and define the butterfly and plants.

butterfly in garden 1

I’m really happy with how it turned out and I loved the process.  This is a technique I want to study more and create more.

This piece is now available in my shop and as always, shipping is free for my originals!

Thanks so much for visiting today and I encourage you to create something today!




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19 thoughts on “Inspired by Intuition

  1. brenda lee says:

    Lovely as always! I too adore Tracy Verdugo and Flora Bowley’s ability to create such vibrant amazing pieces. You’ve done a lovely job here! Way to open up and let go!!

  2. Wanda says:

    It seems that since I joined these art groups I’m finding out I have been living under a rock. I had no idea there was a method called Intuitive Painting. I think you must have meditated on beauty as that’s what you designed.

  3. mandysea says:

    Love seeing your process. The initial background colour is lovely. Fabulous texture and layering with mixed media too. Love the leaves on the stems and your pretty butterfly

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