AboutMany of us do not see the true form of the things around us. We see with our minds, we think that we know what a form looks like. We name things and we draw with a fixed idea of what we want. Our drawing may be accurate, but we miss what is really thereâ¦the rhythms, the tones, the harmonies; the very life of a thing.
To see without knowing opens up a new world and gives us a fresh view. We can empathize and sense the quality of the figure in front of us, allowing the beauty of the form to be seen and felt. When we do this, the feeling of the life and movement of the model can flow through us into the marks we put on the page, giving us drawings that are way beyond our ability to 'do'.
Using hands, fingers and natural instruments like reeds, quills, brushes, charcoal, chalk, water and music, we touch out on our paper that which touches us in the human form. Not merely accurate attributes, but the poetry that is carried via the form; the content of humanity. In truth we touch Being-ness, which is our true nature. Touching the atmosphere, the fragrance, the silence of a pose, with love, with wonder, with enquiry, helps us to participate in its life, so that there is freedom to explore what is. In this way, drawing becomes a metaphor for life itself. Seeing past what the mind thinks it knows based on learned patterns of conditioning, including the desire for results and the fear of not getting them allows for a relaxation back into the creative and intuitive essence of our self, which is just plain being at home as oneself
"Thank you, Meriel for liberating me from the need to control each line with my mind; for replacing my harsh critique with freedom of expression. Thank you for helping me find my 'voice'. What a relief! You guided us safely to that timeless inner stillness where creativity lives - truly drawn home. Joy simply overflowed."
David Paynter Sculptor 08
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