The genius behind how Frank “8” Arnold creates

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Can you discuss depth and the creative process in relation to the book you wrote with Dr. Jim Manganiello?

I think when you’re doing art, and you first start doing art you want to paint a pretty picture. But if you get out of your way and let things happen once you have the skillset and let things come to you, it’s from the deeper mind everyone experiences. You’re hyper-focused and you lose your conscious mind and get to a place where things seem to happen on their own. It’s a beautiful place where you feel like you can do anything.

I feel like I didn’t paint that painting and when I go back after 2-3 months I see it as the viewer. I don’t feel like the artist and I learn not to judge them too much and let them be who they are. Like people, some are prettier than other ones, some are powerful, some are softer. I don’t try to judge it. It’s like when you feel it….it’s like something is handed to you for free, like a gift.

I wrote my books on my iPhone [because it’s a much smaller screen]…I couldn’t get lost in that feeling [on a computer]. In the iPhone, I could lose my surface mind, [and] get into my deeper mind. 

How do you know when a painting is done?

Probably when I’ve exhausted myself. I think I’ve ruined paintings by trying to get more out of them, like a sculpture you can do that and say you don’t like it. 

Painting is like cooking scrambled eggs in different colors that have to touch each other. You can’t just paint over it. So you live in this fluid moment. You get to this point where you come to and it’s yes or no, then you go back and you say ‘yes or no’ and then you can make your touch-ups with your surface mind. So it’s like cooking and setting the plate. 

It’s like…are you just trying to make it look like this or is it real, is it authentic and real and raw? If I get stuck in my surface mind, I usually paint over those because I was trying to wish it there instead of just going through the process. 

how frank "8" arnold creates

Can you discuss depth and the creative process in relation to the book you wrote with Dr. Jim Manganiello?

I think when you’re doing art, and you first start doing art you want to paint a pretty picture. But if you get out of your way and let things happen once you have the skillset and let things come to you, it’s from the deeper mind everyone experiences. You’re hyper-focused and you lose your conscious mind and get to a place where things seem to happen on their own. It’s a beautiful place where you feel like you can do anything.

I feel like I didn’t paint that painting and when I go back after 2-3 months I see it as the viewer. I don’t feel like the artist and I learn not to judge them too much and let them be who they are. Like people, some are prettier than other ones, some are powerful, some are softer. I don’t try to judge it. It’s like when you feel it….it’s like something is handed to you for free, like a gift.

I wrote my books on my iPhone [because it’s a much smaller screen]…I couldn’t get lost in that feeling [on a computer]. In the iPhone, I could lose my surface mind, [and] get into my deeper mind.

How do you know when a painting is done?

Probably when I’ve exhausted myself. I think I’ve ruined paintings by trying to get more out of them, like a sculpture you can do that and say you don’t like it.

Painting is like cooking scrambled eggs in different colors that have to touch each other. You can’t just paint over it. So you live in this fluid moment. You get to this point where you come to and it’s yes or no, then you go back and you say ‘yes or no’ and then you can make your touch-ups with your surface mind. So it’s like cooking and setting the plate.

It’s like…are you just trying to make it look like this or is it real, is it authentic and real and raw? If I get stuck in my surface mind, I usually paint over those because I was trying to wish it there instead of just going through the process.

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