Tag: drawing

Drawings in a Time of Social Distancing

Drawing in a time of social distancing poster

How does isolation affect artists and influence their art?  Does it cause stagnation or new works of imagination? Jorge Posada, the curator of the Drawing in a Time of Social Distancing exhibition, sought to answer these questions. “What a line can become is amazing! As a delicate traverse of space, as the delineating edge of form, or as a gathering of energy to shape a visual metaphor, in the hands of an artist, it becomes mesmerizing,” states Jorge.

One hundred thirty-six artists have put their hands to create these lines.  View the new online exhibition hosted by Long Island City Artists on their website, www.licartists.org, from June 12 – August 12, 2020.

A wide variety of approaches to the discipline of drawing are displayed, separated into three basic categories, ​traditional, non-traditional, and interior/exterior​. My ink and watercolor sketch, Irises, is displayed in the traditional category area.

View the Online Exhibition

Doodling is more than a distraction

Sketchbook cover

I love to doodle. Doodling — the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of whatever one is really supposed to be working on — is more than a distraction. It helps with better learning, creativity, and performance.

Here are three of doodling’s benefits:

1. Doodling helps me concentrate. It keeps me focused. Doodling seems to occupy my frontal lobe (the area that would otherwise be making to-do lists, or planning my next vacation) so the rest of my brain can be present and engaged during meetings or phone calls.

2. Doodling helps me generate ideas. When I’m stuck on a painting, I find solving the problem head-on doesn’t always work. Doodling distracts me from consciously thinking about the problem, allowing my subconscious to work on a solution for me. The same thing can happen when sleeping. I’ve spent all day trying to solve a problem without success, only to wake up in the morning with the perfect solution.

3. Doodling makes me more creative by opening up more exploratory avenues of thought. Doodling lets me consider new ideas without a big investment of time. I just let myself be creative; not worrying about the work being good or that anyone else has to see. It lets me consider ideas in fresh new ways.

I doodle on the cover of my sketchbooks. Where and when do you doodle? What benefits do you derive from it?