– Hey, everyone. It’s Nicholas Wilton at Art2Life. And today, I want to talk about intuition. And actually, it’s
pretty hard to talk about because there’s not that
many even words for it, but it’s what we really
want to start using to make our most authentic art. So, instead of me going on, I
thought I’d bring in someone who is an expert in this area. And her name is Jennie Oppenheimer. She’s the founder of the SOULIO Process, which is based upon Soul Collage, which is a method that
helps people discover and gain insight into their intuition. But basically, it’s art-making. And you have some really
interesting takes on how people, how we can use intuition. – I was thinking of this quote while you were talking. I have a library of quotes in my mind, but by Carl Jung, but he said, “Often the hands will solve
a mystery that the intellect “has struggled with in vain”, right? – It’s like, just give
it to your hands, right? Like you don’t even have to. We try to think our way
out of every situation. And it just doesn’t go so well. And I like to think of my hands as sort of an extension
of the lower part of my, deeper intelligence, I guess. It’s sort of like the
wisdom that’s in my heart, my gut, my intuition. It’s called somatic intelligence, right? That’s like the intelligence of the body. And it’s really a muscle. I think of the intuition as
being a muscle that we all have. We just have not been
really trained culturally and environmentally in our
family systems to really use it. But, we do rely on it. But then, we have like
the ego parts of our mind. They’re always duking it
out with the felt sense, to say, “No, you don’t feel that way. “You should do this.” That’s where all the other more contrived voices come in. But if you really, you know, quiet. You let that snow globe, shaken
up snow globe just settle. And what are you left with? What’s the truth of the matter? And feel what that feels like, where you feel it in your body and try to make decisions whether you’re making creative decisions or collage decisions or
mark-making decisions, whatever decisions you’re making, you’re making them from
a felt sensed place, not a contrived mental state. – What are some of the questions that they can ask themselves
to go deeper with this? – I find journaling or a stream
of consciousness writing, where you’re not, I think to access that place you really have to clear the critic out of the way and discern the judgment. It’s super hard, so music is one way that I use to drop deeper
into my body sense, rather than intellectualizing everything. It’s the same state that
poetry gets me into. If I read poetry or something
that’s very inspirational, something that’s inspirational to me. It could be food, I don’t know. I guess you could use
many different things. – So one of the challenges for me, we’re trying to make
our art more personal, more authentic, more the work that has more of the understory of
who we are is more unique. It’s more powerful, it’s our best work, but it’s hard to do so
I know you help people access this. Give us one of the more powerful prompts or questions that folks could use when they’re standing
in front of their work and what they’ve made and how to go deeper with what they’re making or the end result that they wanna look back at their work to get more information
about where to move next. – I think maybe one way to try to stay out of the intellectual contrived mind, ego mind, is to let
whatever you’re working on have the voice, right? So one of the prompts when
I’m doing Soul Collage is where I let the card speak. It’s what I have to say to you is. – This is the art talking to you? – This is the art talking to me, yes. I mean it sounds wacko, but you made it, or you’re making it, or you’re in a process of making it. The art itself is some extension of your intuition, of your
unconscious mind and choices, and psyche, then it will have a voice. For you not to contrive the voice, but to let the thing itself speak by what it actually is. So here’s an image. What I have to say to you is, you’re in this place
of resting on your bed. I’m just telling you
what’s going on right here. You’re resting on your bed and you’ve got this little viewfinder. You’re looking to the future, you’re seeing this
magical little situation but your foot is tickling
this feather right here which is got this, you’re
setting something afloat here. Let it go, push it off into the middle, and see where it goes and maybe
you wanna get on that thing. Don’t be in this static place. Get on this and see where the
feather wants to take you. That’s maybe how I would read this card. If I looked at abstract
shapes on a painting I could say the same thing. It’s like what I have to say to you is you love squares but maybe it’s time that you do something. Or you love this part here, pay attention to the understory here
of where the drips are and this is so beautiful right here. Your unconscious voice
will tell you where to go. – Super great help there, really cool. So that’s it, that question, when you’re looking at your work, you’re in the middle of
it, or you’re finished it, of simply asking that– – What I have to say to you is, and the I is the painting, is you through the painting in a way. – Anyway, super cool. Jot that down, this is great. I’d write this on a piece of paper and just put it up next to my painting. Let your art dictate, help
you, understand your art. It’s a really cool flip. I have a really great color
tips PDF you can download. Just click on the link below, and again have a great Sunday. Thanks so much for being here. It’s Jennie Oppenheimer
and I’ll have some links in the show notes here about soulio.org and you can find out about
workshops and all the rest, and follow her on Instagram
as well, thanks so much. Hey everyone if you found this helpful I have a whole lot more to teach, share, and inspire you with every single week. Please join the Art2Life YouTube channel by clicking the subscribe button below. Okay, great, let’s do this.


  • December 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Great video guys.

  • December 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Clear conversation about abstract!

  • December 8, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Great video. A great exercise in spontaneity is drawing on a newsprint or newspaper on an easel or wall. First you draw as your mind dictates you. After a minute or so, or when you become aware of both, the activity of the mind and the activity of the body working in tandem. You then start making marks just before a thought is formulated but starts to be born. You can also use brush loaded with water so that only the process, not the product is important.

  • December 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I couldn’t get my mind off the texture and colors of the rug behind you! My passion for layering of colors made it hard to focus on conversation!! Now I want to go to my studio and express that feeling. The struggle for me then, will be composition…the vibration of color, as Rothko expresses comes easy for me, but I get bogged down when I try to make “a painting” of something!

  • December 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    thanks for helping us all out with your videos.. my art is telling mme to take a break.. i started trying too hard .. so i gotta put the brakes on perhaps..


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