Hello Friends and Art Supporters!
I wanted to update you on my latest drawing project "50 Dropbacks". The more I show this image, the more positive responses I have received. So many friends relate strongly to this posture for the fear it helps to overcome, to the strength it reminds us we posses.
During the past two weeks at Samahita retreat, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor have been reminding us about the joy and release that can come from letting go of any exceptions of our actions. To dissolve into the moment, to open up and let life "stun" your typical patterns into oblivion, to throw your usual storyline and thought process to the wind.
So, for my next series of drawings, I am going to break down the experience of making the image into a new pattern.. I will hand draw the image fifty times, treating it as a vinyasa. I am curious to see how repetition will affect the act of drawing - the quality line, speed, ease, as well as the emotive experience and thoughts which arise. Will it feel more peaceful? mechanical? hastened? Can I keep the same attention for each one? How will the image change after it's been repeated over and over again. What sorts of thoughts will come up in this process? Care to try this challenge with me?
1. Create a quiet, clean space to approach to the task at hand: Clear the surface of all items, devices, except for a stack of papers and a fine pen or sharp pencil, and a timer.
2. Note how you feel, the thoughts that hang heavy in your mind, the weight of your breath, what your posture feels like, where you are tense.
3. Consider the image that you would like to focus on. It may be a particular posture, or a random tea cup, an apple, or a simple geometric shape like a triangle. Look for the fundamental line or essence of the object. Draw that. Keep it simple.
4. Set a timer for 25 minutes. Keeping the line clean and confident, draw your "triangle". Do not try to erase or redo. Let it flow.
5. Consider the thoughts that are coming up in this process. How do you speak to yourself when you draw? Is it possible to draw the image without grasping to any thoughts about it? Can you look past the storyline of your gaze?
5. When you are finished, sign and number your work. Repeat 50 times, or until the timer rings.
6. Note your thoughts and breath and state afterwards.
7. Not finished? Set aside a moment to focus for another 25 minutes. There is no rush. Just approach the task the same way each time. Enjoy those "triangles".
Need some more inspiration?
For me, this process relates nicely to a poem by Wendell Barry on "How to be a Poet", which encourages us to watch what arises from silence spaces. (I've added the full version below).
Hope you enjoy!
If you would like a copy of this special Dropback image, please let me know. You can either order online by clicking the button below or send me an email for more information.
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- $95 USD each
- Black ink on UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper 220g
- Individually signed and numbered by the artist
- Only 50 images will be released!
- Paper Size: A3 (29.7 x 42.0 cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches)
- Image will be packed in a recycled shipping tube and shipped by Thailand Post, taking approximately 2-3 weeks for delivery.
How to Be a Poet
By Wendell Berry
(to remind myself)
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.