Something to try.

At the risk of scaring some of you off with the word, Art, let’s call this exercise, an exploration, or, just something different to try.

Get somewhere by yourself with a pencil, or pen, some paper, and some music. I recommend headphones. The music selection is whatever you wish. Once the song begins playing close your eyes and just let your hand go (pen to paper) with whatever you’re feeling. There’s no right or wrong. It should end up looking like messy scribble.

Once the song is over, you’re done with phase one. Open your eyes, and see what you did. Then just take a minute or two to look at it.  See what you start to see. Again, no right or wrong.

Next, take take the same pencil or pen ( or a colored marker) and begin to trace what you’re seeing within the scribble. You may not see anything other than scribble. You may see circles, or figure eights, or a person’s face.  The point is to begin tracing. You may do this with or without music.

I enjoy the freedom and flow of the first part of the exercise, and then self observation in the tracing part. Anyways, let me know if you try it and what you think.

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