Art Makes Us See

Art, I think, is a delightful way to discover how you see, and can cultivate your ability to see more clearly. This is because a simple drawing, painting, or even a scribble can capture not only what you are seeing, but also your state of mind in that moment in time. In order to draw something accurately, you need to observe the shapes, connections, and interrelationships of the objects or subjects you are looking at accurately. In order to accomplish this, you need to slow down, go inward, and be fully present in the moment. In many ways art is a form of meditation.

I continuously find it amazing that when I look at something I have drawn several days earlier, I am able to see my state of mind and how present I was when I did the drawing. So in this regard, drawing is a feedback system that helps me see, grow, and change in a positive manner. I have spent many years practicing and refining my ability to see, and render what I see, because it not only gives me great joy to share what I see with others, but because I helps me see myself more clearly and experience life more fully.

Michelangelo said, “If anyone knew how long it took me to reach mastery they wouldn’t think it was so wonderful.” Yes, mastery requires hundreds of hours and many years of practice, but the ICWIB art activities can help you cultivate the ability to see more clearly and experience life more fully without needing to spend twenty or thirty years to master this ability.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE.

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