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The Path to Drawing
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  • Format

    Hardcover

  • Pages

    240

  • TRIM SIZE

    8 x 10

  • ON SALE

    June 14, 2022

  • ISBN

    9781580935661

  • ILLUSTRATIONS/PHOTOGRAPHS

    300

About the Author

Patricia Watwood is a leading figure in the contemporary figurative movement, and was a contributor to Rob Zeller's Figurative Artist's Handbook. Her subjects are primarily women and figures, and she incorporates mythic imagery and narrative to explore meaning and the human condition. Her work has been exhibited at the Beijing World Art Museum, the European Museum of Modern Art, the Butler Museum, and is in the collections of the St. Louis University Museum of Art, and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Her commissioned portraits hang in institutions such as St. Louis City Hall, Washington University, Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Art Museums.

Watwood earned her MFA from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Watwood has produced instructional DVDs including "Creating Portraits from Life," with Streamline Art Video, has been a professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art. She has created several online drawing courses, including "7 Days of Drawing," with the creative streaming platform Craftsy.com (Bluprint.com). She has written articles for American Artist, American Arts Quarterly, and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines, and teaches painting in Brooklyn and in workshops around the country.

The Path to Drawing

Lessons for Everyday Creativity and Mindfulness

Patricia Watwood

The Path to Drawing shows readers how to introduce drawing into their everyday life in simple-to-follow, step-by-step lessons, exercises, and daily sketchbook practice, in order to grow their creativity and enrich their lives. Watwood offers readers a systematic approach to drawing. Developing drawing skills is the best foundation one can have for any other type of art. Everything starts with a drawing.

The Path to Drawing is a book on cultivating creativity and using drawing as a practice of mindfulness. Today, many people are looking to practices of mindfulness to improve quality of life, to unplug, to alleviate negative conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression, and to build resilience and enjoy the present moment. While meditation and journaling work well for many, creative visual thinkers need a pathway to mindfulness that works through their hands and materials, in a visual and non-verbal way.

This book will guide readers to cultivate a creative drawing habit in three ways:
(1) Step-by-step demonstrations will guide makers through beginning- and intermediate-level drawing and mixed-media projects that will build technical skills and teach realist concepts. These will provide a road map for their development of a personal creative sketchbook practice.
(2) Introduce strategies for cultivating creativity, inspiration, and imagination, so that readers can strengthen their capacity for individuality in their creative work. The author will share her process steps, and those of other working artists, on how to find, refine, and develop a creative idea from inkling to completion.
(3) Focus on the aspects of mindfulness as particularly relevant to creative individuals in overcoming blocks and common emotional challenges to accomplishing creative work. It deals with overcoming fear and how to develop confidence in your individual voice.

Can readers devote 30 minutes a day to their creative growth? Or 2 hours a week?
The sample projects in this book are designed to be approachable and manageable in a short period of time. It is not intended to be a rigorous course of study toward mastering complex skills. These projects are designed to offer the reader samples that will help them enjoy time spent working creatively, and develop some technical skills and master concepts along the way. They should fit into daily life to bring more creative thinking to every aspect of life or work, grounding readers in a practice that helps them feel calmer, more patient, and more open to observing the joys of the world around them. A creative practice can help build qualities of patience, confidence, calm, connectedness, and bravery.