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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Intuition, how it works for me!

 
Face # 16 is done over gesso on my lap desk. Below are the before and after photos!

 Common sense, intuition, some people don't indulge in these gifts! It's a shame really because they are great guides!! Last time I wrote about intuition I sensed some  commenters didn't thoroughly comprehend the feeling.  So I thought I might elaborate!
If this bores you, and you need a chuckle, then hop down to the end and read my story from Nov 2007.
Before and after lap desk, gessoed and painted then varnished! Win win!!
Chel Face #15 is  quite naive and clearly doesn't always see the true picture of what's going on!
Intuition protects us, and  is built on patterns. By nature humans are creatures of habit. We go about our day sometimes oblivious to  things in our midst. One day we spy something out of place thinking, hmm that's odd! We carry on with our day. Something out of the ordinary pops up that we hadn't noticed. Again we think wow that's odd.... but we brush it aside.  Then another thing tweaks us  that seems out of character or out of sync. It could be a abnormal gesture,  an expression you've never seen on a person  face, or a piece of furniture changed around!  It's the change in pattern, where someone acts different than normal. It can be as simple as a feeling in the air that something isn't right.
I hesitated to put this face on my blog because I detest it so much...done in watercolor crayon and pencils! Face #17 Jess is always looking over her shoulder, not sure she is all that honest!
I remember driving along one night to pick Beardo up, the streets seemed eerily desolate. It wasn't normal!   Things felt weird but I couldn't put my finger on it! I just wanted to scoop him up and get home as soon as possible. The next day revealed some very scary happenings that night!
Face #18 Mixed media Jaylynn is a skeptic with so many doubts!

Recently my kids were at a Foo Fighters concert.  It was an excited crowd, some inebriated. The couple glanced at each other  with a knowing look/ feeling. Still a few songs left, it was time to leave..They darted off before it concluded, beating the  skytrain rush!  They  both had a pressing feeling it was time to go, but unsure why! An act of violence at a stop on their skytrain ride home occurred minutes after they left. It  could  have made for delays and who knows what else. Instead the commute was an uneventful,  an enjoyable conclusion to date night!
Tablet case Face #14 is still in tack even though the rest is pealing!


Before and after, epic fail on painting my tablet case....the binding started to peal a day later!
Some feelings come out of left field, others are small shifts built up over time, and some are   blatant pattern changes! Don't disregard those feelings. They have purpose and meaning! Over the years friends have come to me with their doubts... I say heed those doubts because there is something going on....investigate! If something seems wonky, it usually is!
Repost of a digital that seems to fit this subject!
Observing an  extremely body conscious person  gorge at  a buffet, then  announce they were  going to wash their hands, was odd!  Having the same person tease you when inquiring if they  ate peanut-butter, with slow dragged out emphasis on BU-TT-ER for comedic reaction,  was odd! Discovering that  perfectly sculpted body in underwear on the couch, gorging on a coffee table filled with white cheese buns, chocolate pie, ice-cream and peanut BU-TT-ER  instead of being ready to go. Then have them beckon  you to go alone  with a promise to meet up later, was final affirmation things were awry! I will leave you to guess what was going on! It was not a betrayal of friendship or cheating! Even though this happened a quarter of a century ago, it's ingrained in my head how so few clues could  lead me to such a profound accurate conclusion and amazing learning curve! Intuition can be so obscure and out of left field that it forces you to take note!
Godin face #19 has trouble believing everything people say!
It's those unexplained odd occurrences that leave us knowing things we can't always explain or see. It's our  intuition saying something is not right, pleading with us to take note and investigate.
Certain intuition guides you in the right direction.  If doubts plague you when making decisions then  the right answer is usually no! Don't get it, and don't do it, whatever it is! I've found this to be the best course of action when in doubt! Doubts are intuition too, especially when they feel strong. Oh we all have doubts born of insecurity and if we look back at all the doubts we should have heeded we realize how powerful doubt really is.
Often times when   habits or patterns are broken something inside tweaks.
When we have doubts because of insecurity we can walk away from those! Doubts  coming from a gut feeling  are important to heed!!

Here is a silly intuitive encounter that I wrote about November 2007 that 
may make you giggle! I was about thirty five minutes from home randomly
killing some time while waiting as Cupcake sorted out some important business!
 My intuition tweaked as my body continued to calculate why a lone male of fifty would be shopping in a teen’s store. Not quite cognitive of what my physical self already knew. ( Check out Gavin De becker's book “ The Gift of Fear”) When the final equation was tallied I realized he was familiar to me. In an instant my brain aligned with my physical being and I knew! He was one of the unforgettable weirdos I happened upon during online dating two years ago. An extremely desperate, needy widower who spoke in freaky staccato notes without taking a breath! He was so demanding and aggressive it frightened me. Not surprising he would be in the store trying to control what his now sixteen year old daughter wears. After all he wanted me to wear his dead wife’s clothing. During our first ever phone conversation he wanted my full body size so I could fit into his deceased wife’s clothes. Is that a little presumptuous or what? Even though I am a large woman I am pretty particular about what I wear, it’s not likely you’ll find me wearing a fat ladies cat shirt! Did I mention this guy was into Big Beautiful women? It was more than obvious that he recognized me. Inching himself away from the salesgirl into my direction. I began to panic. He became more blatant in his stares and gestures. He’d never seen me in person before; this was our (almost) first encounter. You know how some days you look better than others. Well today I actually looked not too shabby! I discretely ambled in the opposite direction, making as though I’d not realized him. I pushed my shopping cart nonchalantly towards my escape route, THE DOOR. With relief I bolted pretty fast down the mall towards my daughter, who could see my look of horror as she continued her important phone call. At first she thought I’d had an accident in my pants. Cupcake laughed hysterically when I shared my story. Later while waiting on a chair I saw him pass with his daughter in tow, heading towards the same store I had just been in.  Maybe we were more alike than I first thought…No no,no,no….shakes head…My body wouldn’t lie!
Some people create intuitively for no good reason except
they  have too... that's me, I search
shapes in the paint as the colours guide me! 
 Do you create intuitively?
Have you recently had a personal intuition where you didn't catch the first few warnings?
Be sure to check out the book " A gift of Fear" to truly understand how to listen
to warnings our body gives us about our surroundings!

44 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Great post. I always trust my gut feeling, and it doesn't let me down! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Gloria J Zucaro said...

Hello again, where do the weeks go! I love your #12 out of 14 pics shown and Miss Fun the best. I will check on the book suggestion, it sounds intriguing!
I have always said I don't no how to paint intuitively, but sometimes as you said I see things in the shadows of what I was painting and they look like something else to me so I paint them in!

Marji said...

Fun and beautiful art, to begin with. Intuition, secondly. I am a huge intuition person, following it daily to find my flow as well as lay out my day in the best way. There are the other times that you speak of where intuition guides us away from danger or harm, it helps us to find our best path and harmony along the way. It is one of the best tools that we can tune into to as we follow along our life journey path. It takes a little practice to "tune in" but once you have it dialed it, it is an invaluable tool. Always love your thought provoking posts. M.x

sirkkis said...

You have great talents to paint expressive faces. Love all but the "fun" one most.
Happy PPF ♥

Wanda said...

Wow, Giggles...lots of faces to see and words to ponder. Sending hugs.

Clare Lloyd said...

Loving all your faces, well done on keeping up with the challenge. Happy PPF

Nic McLean said...

I am a firm believer in listening to your intuition. I've always had a really strong gut feeling about things and pick up on people's emotions and moods very quickly as well. Since starting to practice reiki, I've been learning to listen to my intuition even more and I do believe in those gut feelings we all get.
Such a lot of great quirky wee drawings and illustrations again this week - I agree with you about face #17 - she looks decidedly untrustworthy!

susupetal said...

Your colors always enchant me! Pure, strong palette and your style to paint is also to my taste.

We still have a few more faces to go!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I've always said that intuition is our 6th sense. I listen to it because it because it never has steered me wrong. My problem is I can't always hear it when life gets so stressful. Stress seems to muffle it. I don't know how to undo that.
Great, thought provoking post! I always find I get so engrossed in the reading that I have to scroll back up to look again at your art! But I always do. Fantastic color on your faces this week.

My name is Erika. said...

So many great faces this week. Always love your colors. I think intuition is such an important thing. That old saying listen to yourself (well it goes something like that-it is too early for me to think of exactly how it goes) is probably the best advice to give to anyone. Have a great weekend.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I am a bit like marji and try to use intuition to plan my day and sort through what is going to work for me creatively that day... some days I think my intuition has done a bunk and deserted me, but I find that with perseverance that it usually works out in the end... it is when I try to plan days ahead that things go awry...

Ginny said...

Giggles, I really enjoyed all of your faces today. I always listen to my intuition. It's funny I've always called it common sense when it came to my gut feelings but intuition when my husband said something was awry and it was time to go or to stop something we were enjoying. Time after time he was right and so we always listened to his intuition.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your color beautiful blocked portraits. Intuition is definitely our friend. Happy PPF and Blessings, my dear friend!

Christine said...

Funky art pieces as usual Giggles! We really have to go by intuition a lot of the times. That was a very strange guy.

Ginger said...

Love all of your faces - all so expressive! I definitely recognize that gut feeling and have learned to trust it. When it comes to art I do paint intuitively, though it has been much more of a practice for me than in my daily life. I feel I have to work a little harder to trust it but am getting better at letting go and trusting as I paint. Very interesting perspectives to read here on the topic - it definitely has me thinking. Have a great weekend!

June Walker said...

I love your colourful faces, especially number 16. Have a GREAT weekend.

Linda Kunsman said...

Kudos to you for so many wonderfully creative faces!! Great post with some wonderful explanations and examples regarding intuition. Happy PPF!

Susan said...

Delightful art, and as usual you made me think! I have worked alone in model homes and you can bet, I trust my gut. If I get "that" feeling, I leave them in the house and go to my car until they leave.

Gillena Cox said...

really nice

have a happy PPF

much love...

leekrek said...

oh such an interesting post, I almost forgot to look at the art, which is great by the way. I have some intuition, as I always know the next lines to a song, even though I have never heard the song before, its a little freaky

Faye said...

Great post, Sherrie. In this scary age, we must trust our gut for safety sake. Things are not like they were when I was a child and we didn't even have locks on our doors. Your art as always shows a lot of emotion in a beautiful way. And I like the girl you said you didn't like. She may have an attitude but she's darling.

Julie Ann Lee said...

Amazing, characterful faces, full of vibrant colour. And your words are amazing too! You always have such interesting things to say. Intuition is certainly a fascinating topic. Sometimes I've ignored my intuition and I've always regretted it. xx

butterfly said...

Wonderful faces - love the colour variations towards the end of the post - how colour can change meaning and expression so profoundly. Intuition is a fascinating thing - really I think it's a word for all the information our brains are collecting and processing too fast for us to be conscious of, but the results are true enough and we should definitely pay attention to our intuitions.
Alison x

Jo said...

I like #17 even if you don't. And I am usually right about my "gut intuition." I enjoyed your story about the on line dating guy, although I'm sure you weren't laughing when it happened. Awesome post as always.

Kate Robertson said...

I try to trust that intuition of mine. Great post, love #15 face.

Kate

Fallingladies said...

Sadly, I think I am one of those people who has forgotten how to get in touch with intuition... I rarely have a gut feeling at all, except maybe while creating!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Well you know how much I love your art. The face you detest, I love. It feels like a normal person. From the thick lips and squared off teeth to the chubby cheeks and large glasses. This painting say volumes. Yes intuition, if you don't listen to it you may find yourself in not such a good place.
Have a great weekend
Nicole/Beadwright

Carol said...

Love your faces!!! :) I had a few this time round that I really didn't want to share... but I threw them out there...if nothing else to scare the world a bit :)
I learned a long time ago to trust my instincts and those times that I don't I've always regretted it .

mandysea said...

wow, you are so creative! I think this comes hand in hand with intuition too. You are not afraid of colour... I wish I could have that courage.

Beth Niquette said...

Your artwork is so colorful and expressive. Your posts are so informative and interesting. The combination is fascinating. I often have a sense of things--intuition, or as I used to call it, a "Vague Hunch." Now a single woman, I rely upon those feelings and have avoided some heartache as a result. I've learned to pay attention when my intuition niggles at my brain. :D

Paper rainbow said...

I think I should listen to my intuition more often, it is usually after the event that I see the signs I should have heeded, artistically though I am very intuitive. my work evolves in whatever way I think it should go, often down unexplored paths. Your faces are wonderfully individual and stamped with your artistic signature.

Indira said...

Love all the faces and the apt descriptions.

Yes, I am a great believer in intuition.

Great post.

Thanks for visiting my blog..

shedreamsofthesea said...

Great post, I always paint intuitively, if I try any other way it's just not enjoyable for me.

Kim Dellow said...

So many different faces! I just love them, your style is just wonderful. Great post. I'm a bit of a planner but I'm trying to be more intuitive. Thanks for joining in Show Your Face and for the shout out too. Kx

minnemie said...

That lap board rocks! Great post, as always.

sproutingcreativewings said...

beautiful work ...such bright colours.I listen to my intuition all the time .Great post x

sheila 77 said...

I'm quite glad that my intuition often proves to be wrong, otherwise I'd never go out!
What a blood-curling story at the end, about the on-line guy, yes good that you got out of there fast.
I agree with you about Jess, Face 17, but maybe she is a really nice girl? - we shouldn't judge on appearance - but often do. Isn't it amazing how our own paintings take on a life of their own.
Love Chel, Face 15, love her pink hair and sweet expression, hope all goes well for her.
Lovely individual and original art, thanks for another Friday post.

denthe said...

Love your art this week! It's great how the characters of your faces shine through. Love your wonky woman, and also Godin. Did you know that Godin mean "goddess" in Dutch? I totally agree with you on the importance of intuition. I used to more or less ignore these feelings, but now I listen to them. I love creating intuitively, and I'm always amazed by how my feelings get translated onto the canvas before I even realize I have those feelings....

kat said...

What fabulous faces, though the first is a real favourite, soft and so colourful, very lovely! A great post as always here, intuition is a good one, definitely worth slowing down and listening out for!

jillholmes.me said...

Wow! Lots to think about in this post....maybe I should listen to my gut a little more often...hmmmmmm....
I think I might like #17 ("Jess") the best of all. Yes. She looks a bit skittish but maybe that is because she is surrounded by untrustworthy people and she is always having to watch her back to survive! LOL She reminds me a lot of of the computer wiz girl on the show Criminal Minds. She is extremely smart but is always wary of everything and everyone around her because of past life experiences.

jillholmes.me said...

Wow! Lots to think about in this post....maybe I should listen to my gut a little more often...hmmmmmm....
I think I might like #17 ("Jess") the best of all. Yes. She looks a bit skittish but maybe that is because she is surrounded by untrustworthy people and she is always having to watch her back to survive! LOL She reminds me a lot of of the computer wiz girl on the show Criminal Minds. She is extremely smart but is always wary of everything and everyone around her because of past life experiences.

Alexandra said...

What fantastic fun!! LOVE LOVE your faces, especially the one at the top with the pink hair. :)

Dianne said...

wow. I can only agree wholeheartedly...heed your intuition! creepy, scary final story....love your beautiful colorful faces! ♥

JKW said...

Totally agree. Gut feeling, mind knowing but not verified, these are things you need to pay attention to for your own safety in situations, relationships, friendships. . . and don't talk yourself out of it. Better to be safe than sorry. Good advice. Blessings, Janet PPF

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