Today I am thinking about intuition versus inspiration. As artists we talk about the creative muse; the mystical flow of inspiration that strikes us with a creative spark and give us vision for our expression.
But this morning as I walked by the block that I started last week (I often put works in progress out somewhere I can view them everyday.) This particular one is a wood panel that has been primed with gesso and mounted with a gelatin monotype print with lovely greens and browns.
I have been waiting to be "inspired" with what to do next. It suddenly called out to me what it needed. Then I thought to myself; was that inspiration or intuition. I think I would prefer to think of it as intuition. I had prepared the block with another idea in mind but something told me it didn't "feel" right. So, I did what any good artist would do. I put it aside and waited to see what it needed.
Over the last few years I have been working hard to listen to my intuition. You know, that gut feeling, that sixth sense, that tells you if something is right or not. My birthday is today. Yeah 38! Last year I did some soul searching over the summer and knew there was some big change coming in my life. Instead of going out and making change happen like I had done in my past, I waited and listened for it. I waited for intuition to speak and show me what my next big adventure would be. Sure enough, it did and I never second guessed what it told me. I took a huge step and left a very good paying job with a great agency. But I knew it was my time to leave. I knew intuitively that there was something else for me to be doing.
When I look back over my life, intuition has never steered me wrong. The only "wrong paths" I have taken have been when I ignored intuition for some more authoritative voice or my fears saying; that's not practical, you should do this.
So this year my birthday resolution is to keep listening to my intuition and to wait for it to speak before plowing forward on things based on fear, authority, or practicality. Now I know, thanks to intuition, what that block needs and how to finish it.
What is your intuition whispering to you?