Originally posted on March 13, 2016.
Have you ever found yourself tired of hearing your voice going on and on inside your head, and you just have the urge to think less and do more? As someone who tends to overthink, I end up in this situation from time to time, and it feels liberating when I let myself go and allow things to happen on their own. I do this letting go particularly in drawing, which I guess in a way classifies drawing as a form of therapy for me.
Last weekend, after finishing my latest piece (see in previous blog post), I decided to draw without thinking. I thought it would be a good way to take a break from all the concentration and energy I put into the last portrait, and I went on Google images to find a picture of a figure rather than just a face (which I usually do). As soon as I found my image, I told myself to complete the figure drawing as quickly as I could. I didn't even put time into finding the right music to play on Spotify to fit whatever mood I was in (which, again, I usually do) -- I just went for it.
Even though it's not the most neat or finished looking drawing, it fits the idea of drawing from spontaneity and impulse.... And, before I end up getting deep into Art History and writing an essay-long blog post talking about artists like Jackson Pollock, I'm going to stop writing. :)