Budding Intuition

Sometimes I feel all fidgety but not nervous. When that happens, I pick up a vase and contemplate its shapes, coloration, and material. Frequently, this puts me in the mood to create an arrangement for that particular container.

I go to one of the floral supplies bags in the closet and pull various elements one by one. I study the color, shape, and form, then choose or reject it. Once the selection process is finished, I dive right in and assemble the arrangement almost as if I’m on auto-pilot.

These are the usual steps I take whether the arrangement is completely spur of the moment, or if the project is one that I’ve been visualizing over the course of a day or two. The craft of arranging floral elements requires a fair amount of intuition.

When I first started this hobby in earnest, my goal was to re-create era appropriate arrangements to fit particular vintage and antique vases and planters. I consulted old books and catalogues for ideas. Many of the illustrations were small and fuzzy–lacking crisp detail. That meant I had to approximate how many and what varieties of flowers and greenery would be necessary in order to replicate the designs. This involved, not only searching for the same types of flowers but also substituting blooms with similar qualities when the originals were unavailable.

As I became more experienced working with vintage floral styles, it became easier to re-create period appropriate product. That gave me confidence to step away from copying standard arrangements for old containers. It was time to expand into the avant garde and free-style. This required more exercising of intuition.

Although I had needed to learn traditional basics so as to form a sturdy foundation, I became bored with copying other people’s formulae. Although I sometimes still like to recreate old arrangements, the free-form creation process is more enjoyable and gratifying. After all, aren’t hobbies meant to be fun?

Another auspicious aspect of free-form styling is that variations are practically endless. This is common ground to all the other arts. What’s beautiful about this flexibility is how it attunes the artisan to profundity and continually unfolds the mind’s inborn intuition.

When we’re in tune with creative intuition, we lose our boundaries in the positive sense.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes philosopher, mathematician, and scientist, RenĂ© Descartes. “The two operations of our understanding, intuition and deduction, on which alone we have said we must rely in the acquisition of knowledge.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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