Entering the Flow

If a certain kind of activity, such as painting, becomes the habitual mode of expression, it may follow that taking up the painting materials and beginning to work with them will act suggestively and so presently evoke a flight into the higher state.

—Robert Henri

One of the wonderful things about drawing is the tendency to move into a different, higher state of consciousness while working. The attentive, observant right brain focuses on what you are really seeing, rather than on what your left brain tells you, leaving you open to this lovely state and place.

Time seems to fade into the distance, and you can experience a rare floating feeling as you work, removed from the moment-to-moment world. Even music in the background can virtually disappear. Of course, almost any intrusion can swing you to left-brain reality; the phone ringing is the worst offender, but you can swing yourself back, too, just by seeing instead of thinking.

Drawing is a meditation, a way to get in touch with some of your innermost feelings and insights, and a rest from the concerns of our high-pressure lives.

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