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Old 11-18-2017, 01:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Overcoming overthinking

From David Friend's "The Creative Way to Paint": Take a line for a walk. One of his first exercises, is to take a line for a walk. Use your non-dominate hand. Draw a contour line with your eyes closed. Use a large sketch pad. He suggests 18x24 inches. Make sure the line touches or comes close to touching the edges. Draw slowly without a preconceived idea of a subject.
Now look at your drawing. Rotate it to view from all sides. Does it remind you of anything? Are there too many lines? If so erase some. Too few lines? Add some with your eyes open. Take some time to "see" what is outlined by your drawing. Complete a drawing using your contour lines, more lines, and values. Avoid too much detail.
David suggests you use compressed charcoal for this exercise, but any sketching material should work. He also suggests doing 6 more drawings of this sort. This is just the first of his exercises which eventually includes complete paintings.
The book is out of print, but used copies can be had from Amazon for as little as $3.50 + shipping. There are a few colour plates, but most of the book's illustrations are B/W which may put some people off. Don't let it as there is a wealth of creative exercises in it. Don't expect technique as this isn't a how to paint book.



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