I bought this book awhile ago. Chewy had mentioned it and Kim too I think. I had read about 10 pages and put it back on the shelf. But since doing the Big Draw, I took it down and began reading again. The subtitle is "A sensory meditation guide to creative expression." The idea, if I understand it, is to feel your way into a drawing through your senses, smell, sound, touch.
Charcoal and sepia conte crayon. This I drew with my eyes closed and with my non-dominant hand (the right hand). I opened my eyes and added the sepia conte crayon segments. The idea is not to draw in a representational way but to allow abstract sensations to emerge from within.
Charcoal. This one I did completely with my eyes closed and with right hand. It is interesting that the drawing feels so much more complex as I draw with eyes closed. But then I open them and see just a few lines.
In The Spirit of Drawing, CS Siegel says, "...the drawing processes invite you to sink below the conscious mind and give yourself to the simple activity of being present in the moment: to experience your breathing, your sense of touch, and the other sensations inherent in everyday life. By allowing these sensations to directly influence the process of drawing and choosing color, you will discover a natural language of lines, shapes and colors that can express your state of being with the same immediacy as a cry, a yawn or a sigh." Pg 10
Have any of you out there used this book? What has your experience been? Are you drawn to abstractions? Do you see/feel the abstract shapes and forms underlying representational work? How does your awareness of abstraction inform your art?