Intuitive Splash

Intuitive Splash – now finished.  Acrylic and oils on canvas… 27 1/2″ x 47″ ( 70 x 120 cmts).           This piece was painted with no purpose other than to spontaneously dance with color and texture and feeling…nothing representational that the mind can grab onto…unless it is from the imagination of the viewer, which is eagerly invited. Mainly the senses  experience it….there is no message or purpose beyond that simple thing….the experience itself, what ever that may be.  Art…is a wide open field of discoveries…both in the creating of it, and the perceiving of it.

After my many years as a such a controlled and perfectionist painter….this is totally new territory for me. ( one i have been playing with for many months now, as posted in this blog, each a different experience and flavor…and for me, a delight every one, for reasons my ‘mind’ cannot explain. ) Like i have been set free of the mental control part …to just allow something to intuitively occur out of movement and feeling playful and inspired to be attempting such a courageous (for me) thing, and joyful when certain surprises occur as the painting unfolds! The abandon…the out-of-mind field…eyes wide open….with some paint and brushes in hand….here we go on a ride to the unknown. My love for the unknown continues to expand….not just in my art.

close up…Intuitive Splash:



About janbetts

I am an artist who has been living in Costa Rica for over 30 years. My lifestyle is relatively reclusive, and so now i am creating a blog to exchange ideas. I am new at this, but soon i hope to master this blog thing so that i can include photos and to write about new paintings i am working on, or have recently finished....or that are in my website.
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6 Responses to Intuitive Splash

  1. Karima says:

    Wow Jan,
    starting from the name you chose, which I just vibrate to, this painting has morphed into technicolor and richness in such a beautiful, and seemingly effortless way. It was alluring right from the beginning, once again a joyous burst or splash of spontaneous creativity against a canvas. The canvas yielded to the colors in such a way, it begged them go deeper, which they did..and today we see this depth and feel the (in my mind) artistic organic life force, the canvas the Creator himself paints upon, in imaginative colors. sometimes truly beyond our imaginations. Yes in this one too jan, there is a sense of freedom to play, to express joy in sweeping abstract strokes, each one born from being splattered and tossed into the world, by an artist who has herself been set free.. It rings out to me like a garden of innocence and child-like wonder..truly beautiful… Bravo my friend!!

  2. jan says:

    Karima…….you find such inspiring words for this wordless, idea-less color play i have been recently painting. These paintings have a different kind of energy than more representational art ….they reach into a inner place of perception for the viewer that is not so much about ideas, and more about allowing ones self to just look, experience….and feel…(or even not feel )…in any case there is an invitation. No mental to it. Painting them is a joy for me. I felt a deep connection when you said in your comment: “…there is a sense of freedom to play, to express joy in sweeping abstract strokes, each one born from being splattered and tossed into the world, by an artist who has herself been set free…”
    My newest art is such a ‘jump off the cliff’ from my previous art.
    Part of my personal liberation is about letting go of needing approval to feel validated. Step into a new paradigm which has nothing at all to do with that…very liberating and light…
    Let the empty charged moment shine….then make a mark, then another…. on a white field of waiting canvas. Or on a day. Take a walk, contemplate a flower, or chop wood and carry water…all the same…we are creators!
    Thank you so much Karima for your enthusiastic support….it is mirrored by my own admiration of your amazing and ever expanding art.

  3. jeff says:

    It’s a snapshot of the uncarved block, the primordial ooze before man starting naming things. A tad chaotic, but hey there won’t be all the usual attachment going down as we race for identification with what we wish were there.

    • janbetts says:

      Love your mind Jeff….or lack of it as it were, better still. Mind starts naming things, and it reduces it to its mental box. Hey, we do both know the role of chaos!!! No race for identification, by Grace…it is Source!!!! It is fun playing in the ooze….thank you for being another pioneer adventurer of the Ooze….!!!!

  4. kari bell says:

    WOW! This is not what I thought I would see as I check into you blog but the surprised only added to the beauty. I agree to the fullest with Karima. To see a new freedom in your art is the greatest. To watch you transform. grow, and dive in in a new way on canvas is beautiful. I can only imagine the inner personal transcendence that is happening. Again you amaze me and INSPIRE me.

    • janbetts says:

      Kari…thank you so much for your heart felt, intuitive Seeing…you really ‘get’ (grok) what is happening. Movement, transformation and a new freedom allows the flow…the fascinating unknown as the blank canvas. A mindless fool….at play.
      !! I loved your comment…i got some smiling tears…

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