The Path of Drawing: Lessons for Everyday Creativity and Mindfulness Patricia Watwood

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Nurture creativity and mindfulness with step-by-step drawing lessons, relaxing exercises, and instructive practices.

Introducing a practice to enhance mental and spiritual well-being for the enrichment of one’s life in The Path of Drawing, author Patricia Watwood offers readers a systematic approach to drawing that combines basic instruction and mindfulness exercises. Today, many people look to cultivating creativity as a means to improve one’s quality of life, to unplug, to alleviate negative conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression, and to build resilience and enjoy the present moment. Adjacent to such practices as meditation and journaling, drawing is an accessible and personal medium that can facilitate both creativity and mental and spiritual health.

The sample projects in this book are designed to be approachable and manageable in a short period of time. They are not intended to be a rigorous course of study toward mastering complex skills, but, rather, are designed to offer the reader exercises that will help them enjoy time spent working creatively, and develop some technical skills and master simple concepts along the way. Readers should find that daily creative practice and being more open to observing the joys of the world around them can help build qualities of patience, confidence, calm, connectedness, and bravery.

Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 254 x 203 mm (10 x 8 in)
  • Pages: 232 pp
  • ISBN: 9781580935661

Patricia Watwood is a visual artist known for her realist drawings, oil paintings, and portraits. She has exhibited at the Beijing World Art Museum, the European Museum of Modern Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, and her work is held in public and private collections around the world. Her commissioned portraits hang in institutions such as St. Louis City Hall, Washington University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Art Museums. Watwood earned her MFA with honors from the New York Academy of Art, and was a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. She has been a professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art and has written for and been featured in American Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur, amongst other publications.