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^ Warm-ups for the eyes and hand ^ Drawing without looking ^ Drawing while looking ^ Farewell, left brain!

Drawing is a language without words. —Harvey Weiss

Now that you've practiced switching from your left brain to your right, it's time to warm up your relational right for the exercises that follow in the rest of the book. Learning to draw is like any other skill; it's about practice, practice, practice—but it's a fun kind of practice.

To begin your practice, get out your paper and pencils, as well as your artist's board. In this chapter, we're going to doodle the night (or day) away, and bid Old Lefty farewell.

Remember when you were learning to write and the long practice sessions you put in before you mastered that skill? Your drawing hand also needs practice to make attractive and sensitive marks in reaction to your new awareness and observation. Calligraphers warm up before they work, to get their hand back into the swing of beautiful writing, and probably our friends the forgers do, too. So should you.

When practicing Palmer Method writing, try reproducing your signature upside down. Lauren uses blocks that spell the letters of her name, L A U R E N, which is fairly simple to copy. If you have any blocks around, whether in the attic or belonging to your children, you can try this, too. Arrange them upside down and copy the letters—as well as the pictures on them.

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