From my Notebook >
After watching yesterday’s AIBD webinar, something in my mind flipped from micro to macro, and I started thinking about bigger things—drawing buildings, parks, and so on. I’m not an architect (and definitely not a landscape designer), but I think it’s important to draw or write out our ideas.
The negative ideas that went through my head while drawing this (a real departure from my normal drawings) were:
However, I kept repeating one of the mantras from Mike Lin’s webinar:
The positive ideas that went through my head while drawing were:
In summary, it was a great exercise in identifying anxieties and overcoming them. It reminded me of a 3D graphics class I once taught to junior high school students—their favorite assignment was “design your ideal bedroom,” and it was really fun to help each one of them through their stressful “I can’t do this” moments.
I think it would be fun to put together a therapeutic drawing class or group. Whether you can draw well or not, the process of creating something—anything—is in its own way a very powerful exercise.