The 20 Minute Club–Automatic DrawingsBy
This Week’s Minutes
Automatic drawings are so liberating because they’re big and physical and immediate.
Your head takes a back seat to your arms and eyes as you become absorbed in the formal aspects of creating–line and color and value and composition.
There’s no good or bad in automatic drawing. You just feel your way through as you make marks and listen to them.
And because there’s no point in judging an automatic drawing, this kind of exercise is also really safe to do if you’re feeling vulnerable or downcast because it can’t be wrong.
Being in a melancholy mood as I started another automatic drawing yesterday made me realize that I usually tend to do the automatic drawings fast–as if spontaneity requires speediness and energy.
Because I was lacking both, I didn’t want to move fast or be energetic. So instead, I let myself make marks slowly, delicately, gently.
It created a whole new experience of a favorite, familiar exercise. And I released myself from an assumption I didn’t know I had. It felt good.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you read this blog post and give it a try. Especially if you’re feeling stuck or rusty or afraid to get started.
The weekly 20 Minute Club Minutes now also include a section for self-appreciations because they’re a wonderful, necessary partner to the 20 Minute Technique. (Especially when you’re having a tough time or feeling bad about yourself.)
And while it’s important and helpful to appreciate everything in your life and the overwhelming luckiness that can be forgotten, it’s just as important to more directly appreciate yourself because most of us diminish or ignore our own accomplishments and good qualities.
This hurts our creative dreams and goals and stops us from being bolder or going deeper.
So the focus here on the 20 Minute Club Minutes is what you appreciate about yourself. (I totally get that it can be hard or awkward–that’s why it’s important!)
Here’s mine for the week:
- I appreciate that I let my creativity be my refuge.
- I appreciate that I’m putting one foot in front of the other on some big projects that I don’t have total control over.
- I appreciate that I’m reaching out for help (not easy for me) on things that I’m finding hard.
- I appreciate my hands.
- I appreciate that I can now make things that I think are kind of bad or “don’t work” and let them stay on my studio wall for a while.
And how about you? Did you use the 20 Minute Technique this week? How’d it go? How about some Self-Appreciation? Yes? No? Hard? Easy?
Remember, it’s all valid and worth sharing–the good, the bad, the ugly, and the wonderful. I can’t wait to hear from you!