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I swept my floor and then wrote the 14 Principles of Intuitive Painting

By Tina Christophillis

Feb 11th 2013


It was a gray rainy Monday late afternoon in Charleston, SC.  I was feeling a sense of, "Well... I really should be doing something inspired, but I'm not sure what."  I decided to pick up a broom and sweep my floor.  I felt something would come to me as I'm sweeping, and I'll find some clarity on the next task at hand.  Then I sat at my comptuer and wrote the 14 Principles of Intuitive Painting.  

Here you have it.  Some principles to live by, some things to remind myself as I walk up to the black canvas.  Like the North Star, we go in this direction.  We may not ever get there, but we always have the bright light guiding us when we need to get on track and focus on our purpose.

Principles of Intuitive Painting

1.     It is only through the unknown that we can understand the true range of possibility.

2.     It is only through a willingness to accept that we don’t know that we can ever fully realize our creative potential.

3.     It is an honor to engage in the practice of discovery.  Through trial and error we become resilient and find resolve in our process.

4.     All the great geniuses of our time have known that through humility one finds authentic power, and through the unknown, true art.

5.     You must be comfortable with the discomfort of not knowing, embrace this contradiction.

6.     We must go into the unknown with excitement, like children, we are curious and fluid.

7.     If we spend too much time being anxious about the results, we will loose the magic of the moment.

8.     The goal is to sing, to rise above thought, to find a language that can’t be expressed in words.

9.     Grasping will do no good, you must be humble, truly humble.

10.  There are no rules.  There is no right or wrong.  There is only an experience, if you listen, if you pay attention, you’ll learn something.

11.  The more fun you’re having, the more you’re on to something.  The more alive you feel, the more you are on the track to nailing it.  The more astounded you are, the more risk you’ve really taken, the more you’ll find.

12.  Creativity takes risk, each and every time.  Risk is a good thing.  It is fuel for truly great work.

13.  It takes courage to show up in the face of so much unknown.  It takes courage to struggle.  It takes courage to be uncomfortable.  That is the only way to grow.  There is no easy way around this, no fast track, or quick results.  We are here to learn and to grow, to figure something out.  That is the primary intention. 

14.  Just keep showing up.  Keep trying.  Build resilience and dance when you hit the right notes.  If you don’t give up, you will hit the right notes, and it will feel good and sweet and magical.  And that’s the whole gorgeous point.


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    Hi I'm Fotini 

    Welcome to my blog!

    I am a painter currently based in Greenville, South Carolina.  Through my work, I seek to communicate an internal narrative using traditional painting processes.  

    Here you will find information about what I am working on, recollections of my process, things that inspire me. I am asking questions about art, writing letters to myself, reflecting, learning, growing, discovering.  Thank you for joining and supporting the adventure.