There are those who feel that emotions and intuition power the creative spirit while others feel that there is a more rationalistic or scientific approach to be adhered to.



Different schools of thought have evolved through time and each have given a particular consideration to the concept of how in fact we as creative beings arrive at the moment of inception in regards to creative process. There are those who feel that emotions and intuition power the creative spirit while others feel that there is a more rationalistic or scientific approach to be adhered to. Each and every one of us knows that in order to function in our society today we need to find a balance between emotions and rationale. As individuals we have different persona’s from one another, each unique. It is this distinctiveness that gives way to our ability to incorporate originality into our work if we so decide. This inimitable human quality is in part the basis for all that follows artistically. It is this ground infused with imaginative potential that we as humans use as a spring board to delve into what is most valued as artistic beings and that is originality.

Kant maintained that morality and creativity do not follow causal, scientific law, they exist in in a unique realm distinctive from physics: so called meta
physics<ethics aesthetics religion> where the rules are written by god,

Watercolor with India Ink 2008

Creative Process The Source

Getting in touch with the source from where creative process roots is paramount to Process.

January 29, 2016




 davidhoptman_still life
davidhoptman_still life

Getting in touch with the source from where creative process roots is paramount to Process. Finding the mode within ourselves that brings about the outpour of expression from within the human psyche/spirit is for some of us a natural occurrence while for others there is a set of events that need to precede the actual moment or onset of creative process which is the harbinger that brings a certain tangibility to our thought and feelings. One should  have a basic set of tools at hand in order to begin the voyage from within. These tools or techniques to which I make mention are for the most part learned skills needing to be almost second nature so as not to get in the way of the delicate process of creativity. Example; a photographer having a firm grasp as to how tools affect the final outcome of his vision from the camera and lenses down to the process of printing the final image. The mastering of ones craft is a necessity to the creative artist. One also must have a deep seeded penchant that is tied to the need to express one’s self. This aspect of causality in conjunction with creative process is very difficult if not almost impossible to put a finger on so to speak. This elusive set of circumstances that need to be present in order for one to endeavor as an artistic being must be in some part learned, as well as intuited. The intuition that I speak of here is an elusive aspect to pin down in terms of recognition. One must first have sensitivity or awareness that is part of one’s inner self and culpable in the that it can be nurtured and at the same time enhanced so as to allow the artist to view other aspects of visualization not usually available to those that are not predisposed to creative process. In order to bring this type of awareness closer to the surface of consciousness there are initiatory exorcises that can help facilitate the stimulation of this underlying sensitivity.

One must find a method suitable to his individual personality that can become a sounding board so to speak in that when this process is actuated it brings about a slight shift in awareness allowing the conditioned responses normally taken for granted to be replaced by a finer more ethereal mindset that can more easily tap into the intuitive pool from which springs true mind stripped of preconditioning. There of course are many levels; this pool is profound, and the deeper one delve the more one must be willing to dismantle their self-constructed armoring and live as Art Warriors. {Art Warriors is a post coming soon}

One must be ready to re-invent the self; LIFE is the Creative Process. This is by no mean an easy thing to do because when one thinks of oneself the underlying person by which we associate our reality with is extremely dependent on a particular set of parameters that in respect truly make up the I of which we relate too. This process of which I speak takes place in a strange way somehow indifferent of time. Because the constraints of time are in another sense a type of conditioning that we as beings hold dear unto ourselves as an anchor to our known reality. Anytime we stray from a set of predetermined circumstances in that we look to creative process as a different reality we must be able to accept what we experience as substantial and just as tangible as the one of our every day physicality is to us. This adventure will take us to places that are foreign to our preconceptions of conditioned reality. The results are exciting mysterious and a birthing process all within the same moment.

There are artists, critics and there are appreciators. The choice is Yours…DH





Art is a dynamic process and intuition is an integral part in the art making process.

davidhoptman_photo-etching_ with mixe media

in·tu·i·tion n something known or believed instinctively, without actual evidence for it.

log·ic n sensible rational thought and argument rather than ideas that are influenced by emotion or whim.

Keep in mind when reading this blog that abstract thought must be digested abstractly.

From time immemorial there has been great deliberation and profound speculation regarding the actuality of intuition. When we elicit this word we have little or no tangible basis for dealing with it is a concept. It is a mercurial and mysterious process that we as human beings are all familiar with and yet when one tries to solicit this course of action within a logical or rational context it in essence vaporizes and is lost somewhere between cause and effect.  Many of us have personal experiences in our lives where we have relied upon intuition and have full faith in the knowledge that it truly exists. This presents a problem inherent with syntax not in a grammatical sense but in a more abstract and less logical sense.  Logic and intuition do share a common ground, without one the other would not exit.

Intuition is a subtle and elusive counterpart to rational and logic. We all inherently possess the ability to call upon our intuitive powers. Some of us are more finely attuned to our intuitive process while others trying to become conscious of this invaluable ability search in vain, usually in the wrong places. Intuition cannot exits within the context of everyday consciousness because this is where logic and rationality create the foundation for what it takes to subsist within our daily routine that we ground our very being in. It is this ironic interrelationship that stands in the way of one being free of past conditioning. The very essence of our being is submerged among this very interrelationship. Creativity thrives on intuitive processes without which artistic endeavors would lack a basic vitality and dynamism necessary to communicate to the viewer this particular form of expression.

Polaroid minipulation_mixedmedia_collected to Polariod Museum

jester-origwebIn actuality all of us use our intuitive senses far more than we are cognizant of. It is the rational mind/ego that takes credit for making the proper decisions that propel us through life. So as we begin to delve into getting a handle on our intuitive prowess we begin to understand that we are far closer than we think to summoning up this exceptional quality to augment our creative process.

Intuition is based on a certain combination of trust and knowing, many times we will ignore that veritable inner voice that speaks to us and put it out of our minds to later find out that in fact we should have listened to our original gut feelings. This same enigmatic place within our psyche is where creative process can channel intuition and creative spirit. While it dwells nowhere in particular yet it exists everywhere and has a certain ethereal tangibility, the moment we grasp for it, it slips away, this is the mercurial property that makes the concept of creativity difficult to grasp.

Intuition can be comprehended as one looks to abstract art and the subtle language that is spoken with form, content, color, texture, line etc. This rhythmic language of the artist is in fact a language that does not speak in a rational tongue but transcends rational and logical thought. We as spectators and communicators of abstract art can in someway draw conclusions as to what the artist has expressed through his abstract language and through intuitive process find a common ground among others viewing the same art works. Is it good or is it bad? Is there a consensus a commonality regardless of gender, race and creed? Art is a dynamic process and intuition is an integral part in the art making process.