Drawing as a Tool in Cultivating Awareness
The workshop consists of a series of meditative questions for the practitioners to ask themselves, and then goes into a number of observational drawing methods that aim to gently nurture focus, awareness, and sensitivity to ourselves, others, and our surroundings. We hope to help participants relax any need for perfection and mental strain, and simply enjoy the act of seeing, drawing, and synchronising with the Now.
The workshop is split into two parts. It begins with creative questions for consideration and short slowing meditation. ‘Blind’ drawing, looking only at the subject and not your paper. ‘Quick Fire’ drawings, to release perfectionism. Finishing with a number of short observational drawings looking at the texture, and feeling of our subjects. After that we will have sustained drawing, which will engage deeper with the subject and stimulate a prolonged attention span. The participant will utilise techniques introduced in the first half, as well as have free reign to explore their chosen subject. Sustained drawing calls for a more detailed inspection, and subsequently, a more complex use of marks and line to efficiently describe our impressions of it.
Ralph and Bhuvaneshvari
Ralph and Bhuvaneshvari are alumni from BA Drawing at Falmouth University. Ralph’s background is in Taoism, and is a student of Qi Gong, and other forms of Taoist meditation. Bhuvaneshvari studies Yoga and it’s spiritual philosophy. For both Ralph and Bhuvaneshvari, these paths guide all their activities, including their art, and from this comes the collaboration that is the Meditation Drawing workshop.