I had the privilege of teaching a workshop on Meditative Drawing last week as part of my job facilitating the Strolls for Well-Being at the Bloedel Reserve. What fun it is to share with others something that has brought me joy and freedom! This kind of drawing involves no stress or comparison; it’s simply an exercise in observation, linking eye-to-hand and directly encountering nature. Strolling in the Bloedel Reserve re-ignited my desire to draw, and eventually led me back to painting.
As I prepare to teach Intuitive Ink Painting at Rancho La Puerta in February, 2019, I have reached back into my college portfolio and rediscovered some artwork from undergraduate days. I see these pieces so differently now than I did then, with far less criticism and more appreciation.
In college, the critique process crippled my joy and freedom in making art. Coming back to painting and drawing through an intuitive process (taught by Flora Bowley in her book, “Brave Intuitive Painting” and Bloom True classes) has untied the knots that kept me from enjoying my own work. There is still a lurking tendency to perfectionism, but I am also able to see the good, and (as Flora taught us) to “work with what’s working.” In that spirit, here are a few of my college pieces, which I’ve not shown since the early 1980s.
It’s lovely to be able to see these with new, appreciative eyes. I like them far better now than I did back then!
How long has it been since you’ve looked back on your early work? Is it time to revisit some of your “old friends” and view them with a fresh perspective?