Methodology- 1) Begin with No preconceived idea or concern of what the final image may be. Initial lines and cuts are made while eyes are closed 2) No visual resource material is referenced, rely only on your acquired visual library and your imagination. 3) No erasing lines, once lines or cuts are created they remain.
What do you need to be creative? There's no single source of creativity; instead, research suggest that it stems from a complex system of traits. I have discovered that for myself, the most important element is to "Be Willing To Risk Failure". Instinctivism requires a cavalier approach that simply means that in the beginning stages of creating you shouldn't care too much about the end result. Creativity is an evolution of self, and often it is the journey of life's successes and failures that forces growth. Some additional traits are Low Latent Inhibition levels, Open Personality, a Strong Inner Drive To Create, and the ability to Think Differently. As for many artists my inspiration and passions for art go deep into the need to express our concepts and beliefs that we hold dear. My foundation of art is centered by a well rounded academic and traditional understanding of art disciplines, coupled to a strong and tutored experience within the marketing, advertising and the graphics industry. Motivation comes from multiple sources, while inspiration and imagination become one. Engaging and relying on your imagination is truly the foundation that becomes the driving force of Instinctivism.
I am a firm believer in versatility regarding the pursuit of creativity, I am simply incomplete if I attempt to produce a specific type or style of art. A versatile approach to art and design is the gateway to apply creativity to all forms and mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, graphic design, retail merchandising/marketing/advertising/packaging and as a printing specialist. lonnie-tapia.artistwebsites.com
this website shows over 800 images that demonstrate these skills. This website Father Of Instinctivism will be solely dedicated to the introduction of "INSTINCTIVISM", a truly unique genre, which is an invigorating process that leads to my highest level of expression. Others, will have to determine for themselves if my many years on this creative journey is valid.
Professional background was in retail as a Creative Director, Point of Sale Marketing Manager, Director Of Merchandising, Packaging Director, Photographer, and Printing Specialist. I also for many years had a small marketing company. I have also worked as an illustrator and book designer for children books, as well as, a sculptor in multiple mediums. When I returned to the mid-west from New York City I became a college teacher of Marketing/Advertising, Fashion Design/Illustration, Painting and Drawing. I still continue to proudly teach Art & Design at FATHER TOLTON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL; as well as, those who embrace the journey to innovate and create.
I have always produced art in a variety of mediums that are more aligned with traditional styles and techniques; However, clients in the mid-west usually request artwork that reflects a more traditional approach. The path that led to Instinctivism has been many years in the making, most pieces have been enthusiastically produced to simply be put away. I truly believe that the INSTINCTIVISM series is now ready for others to enjoy.
The medium of choice is often different, one day painting or doing airbrush in hyper realism, or sculpting/carving two tigers that weigh 1200 pounds out of a single piece of wood. For this website I wish to show images of the genre... INSTINCTIVISM, and to describe the method of how many artist can approach art a bit differently. Each Instinctivism creation begins with NO preconceived idea of its outcome. I will place the material in front of me, visually imprint the scale of the material so that I do not make lines that go off of the paper, canvas, or chunk of clay. I close my eyes and make two - three round and curvy lines or cuts that utilize the full space. I will then spin the material and repeat this method on all four sides, since you do not see the lines as they are being produced, no concern is given to how the lines/cuts interplay. After original lines are drawn then the true creative moment is at hand. You can spend just a few moments adding lines and connecting seemingly unrelated lines and suddenly objects, animals, environments, and the meaning of your art begins to unveil your direction. Please take note that some of my pieces may take ten minutes to create and some have taken 258 hours to create. You realize that at a certain point that even this process can become a test of will to complete. The endurance sometimes needed for this creative journey can be demanding. For me it remains the purest art I will ever produce.
The rules of engagement are simple in this genre of INSTINCTIVISM. 1) Pencil, brush, and cutting tool. 2) NO visual source material at all during the entire process - only use your imagination and the visual library of images in your mind. 3) No erasing lines - once lines are laid, they remain as drawn and utilized.
"Eyes Of Our Nature" , as you watch this sculpture slowly rotate, you will enjoy seeing the shapes and forms morphing into new forms. This is the essence of Instinctivism. Many of the two dimensional drawings and paintings are created so that they can be hung, displayed and rotated to discover new shapes, objects, animals, and faces. This would be considered impossible for other art pieces; however, for Instinctivism it is what makes them so unique.
"Elegant Ride" Again this piece is a delight to watch as it also changes from one shape into another. Often people will view the stylized shapes differently than I or others do. The viewer interacts, interprets and perceives the sculpture as they wish to see it. There is no greater compliment than when someone else sees a shape that I wasn't aware of. Instinctivism should be experienced, not just seen.
"Mouser", Watch and enjoy as you feel the sculpture entertain you with shape changes and movements. Allow yourself the freedom to feel and alter the form of this piece as it reveals itself. Find new forms and smile as you become part of the creative process.