B&W Ink Drawings

Since I work from home, I spend most of my “meeting” time on the phone – and a habit I have while on the phone is doodling. I recently read about a study that said that doodling actually helps people listen better. I realized though – that all these drawings I was creating were ending up in the trash – and they weren’t all that bad. Since then I’ve gotten a sketchbook to contain my doodles. But beyond that, I’ve also started creating specific drawings based on the doodles. I started looking at other people’s drawings that were similar and have been collecting a bunch of them on pinterest. So I wouldn’t say these drawing are totally “original” – they’re highly influenced by what you see on that doodle board on pinterest. But there’s another facet to these drawings…

Many years ago, I took a class on Chinese brush painting. Many painting classes I’ve taken before and since then leave a lot up to you and your own individual style – how to use the brush, how to render what you see – you’re a bit on your own. In the Chinese brush painting class, we were basically instructed on the specific way to use the brush, how to paint a leaf, how to paint a bamboo stalk – the placement and combination of these items were up to us, but how to paint each item was laid out specifically. I don’t consider myself to be an amazing artist – so I appreciated the ability to create a painting using a “formula” of sorts. What I enjoyed most about that was the process of creating the painting was meditative. The ability to focus on the creation of a piece, without the worry of whether or not I knew how to do it – was so relaxing. And that’s what I’ve found in these drawings. There’s a peace I found in each one.

I’ll pin these on pinterest too – but giving them a home here on this site.


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