Mindful, creative living.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Why I Draw With Ink - Meditative Art





Wow!  

Where did the summer go?

The kids are back at school and it does not seem long ago that they were all geared-up and eager to set about doing whatever kids do nowadays. They do spend a lot of time on computers and phones, even in the good weather.

Mind you, I cannot say very much about that. 


I used to spend most of my time reading or drawing. I did enjoy trips to the countryside but just hanging about with nothing to do did not interest me in the slightest.

My phone was a novel, a sketchbook and some pens and pencils. Maybe kids nowadays are not really that different after all. 

The holidays are a busy time for me. I have not had much time to blog, but I am eager to get going again. I have not had much time to draw, either. I have posted the odd drawing on Instagram, but most of them were drawings from my rather large collection of work.

The break, however, provided me with an opportunity to read lots, think lots and meditate lots. As a result, I am have become more mindful about everything – my habits (good and bad), my spending, the impact I have on the environment, my feelings and emotions and how they affect others and myself, and I have begun to embrace a simpler, minimalist lifestyle which I mentioned in a previous post. Even my art has come under scrutiny.

Several people have asked me why I draw / doodle the way I do. They seem keen to know why I do not use pencil to sketch with first and then ink over the top. In truth, I do not have a definitive answer for that. My art is a meditative process. I just start with an idea or a line and see where it goes. I do not really have a plan when I start drawing.  At one stage, I did try drawing with pencil and then ink over the top, but I did not enjoy it as much as I do just drawing with ink. I feel that using pencil restricts me too much.  With A pencil sketch already on the paper I feel I have to stick with what is there. Whereas, when I use only ink I am free to go where I want. Well, that is how I see it.

I hope everyone is keeping well and I hope you all had a decent summer.

Have a super weekend.

Here is my piece for this week.



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32 comments:

  1. I always love our doodles. Doodling gives us freedom to play and just enjoy the process as well as the result. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi, Valerie. Thank you. Doodling is the best. I love doing it so much I don't notice the time going by.

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  2. Creativity is whatever medium we feel comfortable to use, like mark making in sand with a pebble or the finger. Your ink drawing is fabulous, love your design. It would be so time consuming if you had chosen to use a pencil and had to retrace those pencil tracks.
    Perfect.. Happy PPF Tracey

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    1. Hi, Tracy. Thank you very much. It would take an awfully long time to do this with pencil first. I just would not have the patience.

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  3. Oh, this is wonderful! And viewing it can be a meditative process as well. Obviously you have no need for a pencil. Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I could look at other peoples drawing for hours. So, I know what you mean about viewing being meditative, too.

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  4. This is stunning! Such amazing detail! I can relate - I always had my head in a book.

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    1. Hi, Jean. Thank you. I love reading; always have. If I am not drawing I usually have a book, kindle nowadays, in my hand.

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  5. That looks so cool! You make the best pen and ink designs. Always so intricate and really interesting looking. I could get lost in colouring your art!

    Mindfulness is always good. I try and struggle with it but downloading and using calm.com really helped me. My mind is a roving chatterbox sometimes.

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    1. Hi, Sal. Thank you so much. Flattered. I really enjoy meditating. I get so much from it and I am constantly finding out more stuff about myself that I did not know. Keep it up. It is well worth the effort.

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  6. well hello John! Resting and taking in your surroundings and thoughts is a good thing- especially when breaking away from the devices a bit:) I do that when I go on vacation. Just found you and am following on Instagram:) Although I certainly don't have your talent for doodling I can see why you would go right to the ink and just begin. Gorgeous doodle art! Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, Linda. Thank you for following me. I will follow you back, of course. There is nothing like a bit of rest to get the imagination working again, and it is always good to loose the technology for a few days. I do not even watch television anymore. More about that in a future post.

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  7. Wonderful piece, must have taken ages!

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    1. Hi, Crafting Queen. Thank you. I suppose my drawings do take a while, but I enjoy the process so much I do not notice the time going by.

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  8. I love your doodle art. I cannot do it.
    Happy PPF 🌺

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    1. Hi, sirkkis. Thank you. You should give it a go. There is no right or wrong way to doodle.

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  9. This is so intricately created! Amazing and beautiful design. You must have the patience of a Saint. I would be afraid to try this in pencil let alone in ink!

    Happy PPF 🎨

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    1. Hi, Jan. Thank you. I do not know about 'the patience of a Saint.' I do usually have a few on the go at the same time. That way if I get bored with one I can get on with something else.

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  10. Beautiful piece, interesting thoughts on why you start in ink. I see pencil as less of a commitment and therefore more freeing for me. Then again, I always have a plan going in, just me.

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    1. Hi, Christine. Thank you for commenting. Each to their own, I suppose. I just do what I feel comfortable doing. I don't usually have a plan as such, just an idea.

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  11. Where has the summer gone?? Like you, I used to read and draw, draw and read, and enjoyed excursions, ... I spend quite a bit of time with social media these days! (And just got on Instagram!) Love your doodle! Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you, Nadya. I love reading. It is the first thing I do every morning upon waking. I don not do much social media. Instagram and blogging is enough for me - at least for the time being.

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  12. You certainly used the holidays wisely. I can imagine the meditative effect when you just start a doodle like this and keep going. I always make the outlines in pencil and then ink everything in. I might try to start in ink with just a line and see where it takes me. Your doodle is delicate and has a lot of movement. Beautiful ♥

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    1. Thank you, denthe. Most people I know who draw / doodle do pencil first. I just enjoy using ink only. It make me think more about where I am putting each line, because once ink is there it is there to stay.

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    1. Thank you, peppylady. Very much appreciated.

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  14. Hi John, glad to hear you had a nice summer. It if far to short for us here in the Oregon coast. The only real nice month is Sept and then it is over. LOL As for your art. I have always felt that meditative spirit. It truly comes through with each piece. I love the doodles. I follow your lines just to see where the lead and how you possible got there. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi, Nicole. Thank you for commenting. Ah summer is never long enough. Over here we do not usually get summers like the one we just had, so I think everyone made the most of it this year.

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  15. love the design. Very well balanced I think. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, NatureFootstep.

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