What is an Intuitive Painter?

What is an Intuitive Painter?


I found these wings
at the Renaissance Festival. I wear them when I paint. I think it kind of helps me get into that spirit
of playfulness. My name’s Samyak Yamauchi.
I go by Sam. I’m an intuitive painter, which to me means that
I approach my boards without any preconceived ideas of what is going to end up
on the board. Okay, so I’m just starting
to lay out the background. So you just really kind of start
by making an abstract. And so when it comes
to this point, see what’s in there. Like what kind of images
I see, what I would like to bring out, or what I think wants to be
brought out. So I’m going to start. So what I do is,
after I see what it is that I think wants to be seen,
then I paint around it. So what was all background now
is going to become foreground. [ ♪♪ ] So what I’m seeing is
a little bug… kind of bug guy, buggy
creature, little bug. Who knew that he was in there? And there are so many people that, like, really want
to make art, but they have this block
that, like, “Oh, I can’t make art,
because I’m not an artist, I’m not artistic enough,”
or whatever. You don’t need to know
how to paint. You just get paint on your hands
and on your brush and start smearing around,
and then the specialness of it is that you just have
to really sit and develop a relationship
with the board to see what really is in there
that wants to be seen. So I don’t have to know
how to paint a human-insect hybrid,
but I can see it, so I can just like find it
on the board and make it show. [ indistinct conversation
under music ] Today I’m facilitating a
Paint With Me painting session. I want the students
in my workshops to experience having fun. I want them to see that painting
doesn’t have to be scary, that you don’t have to know,
like, how to paint to paint. And to just get back
to that time in their life when they didn’t have to put
all these judgments on the stuff that they do. She calls it “pushing paint
around.” And that’s what I came to do,
is push paint around. And I did it mostly —
most of this was done just with smearing it
with my hands. I just wanted to find the flow,
you know, to be in that moment where it just sort of
took care of itself. And then she appeared,
so maybe that was meant to be. It’s about like finding
that joy and that fun and just being part of that
creative process, because people get so removed
from that as we grow up. And it’s like, it’s who we are,
we’re creators. We want to make things, and it’s
just like, that’s what it is. It’s just fun.
I just really like having fun and watching other people
have fun.

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