Ultimately, in its purest form, drawing is a meditation. It requires your trust and the engagement of your instincts. It could be said that the moment you try to control the outcome, like anything in life, it ceases to evolve.
Drawing is a visual Yoga as much as breathing is the source of life: So to draw fully, you need to breathe deeply and consciously.
By definition Yoga is a path, not a destination. if we re-frame drawing as the act of Yoga, exploring what appears as a result of laying emphasis on the process rather than the outcome – then what might show up and what can we garner from this?
The invitation is to connect to the breath and use it a tool to access the more subtle realms of the body: Our intuitive state – allowing the medium to glide across the paper without thought for a destination.
To do this in a group is to harness a collective energy. We are all in this together, our shared awareness of this unites us in this experience. Using breathing exercises to help us enter alpha brainwave activity where we are fully absorbed yet detached of the ego. Thinking without thinking.
This might be a whole new way of experiencing drawing and require you to step out of your comfort zone. In fact, it may require you to re-evaluate your whole idea of what the word ‘drawing’ or ‘art’ really means. It’s not easy, and it shouldn’t be. More often than not we are unlearning ideas we have clung to all our lives. It takes practise, focus and like a muscle we build over time, we become stronger.
Life drawing: Intuitive life drawing with visual artist and Yoga teacher Laurie Nouchka
Imagine immersing yourself in our flower garden in peak spring: observing plants up close, arranging bouquets, and painting all the sights that inspire you—like a modern-day Botticelli. This is the concept of our flower painting retreat, led by award-winning Florence Academy of Art instructor Tanvi Pathare.
Four watercolor masterclasses will focus on an old and healing art form: the slow-paced appreciation of flowers, landscapes, and natural beauty. Following in the footsteps of Italy’s Renaissance artists—who expressed endless curiosity about the natural world in their works—retreat goers will learn to observe the outdoors patiently and take on “a reverence for the variety that life offers,” Tanvi says.
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