Taking time to draw with any skill level or experience is to step beyond the ‘selfie” culture of today and into a private meditation.
This drawing need not be grand vistas or anything that another living soul will ever see. However, the act of visually exploring and recording something of interest can bring us the personal joy of actually ‘seeing’ amid our fast food, disposable world.
The two sketches above are stages of a quiet time of drawing and reflection. This drawing expanded into something more than I expected when I started. While sketching the face of the young man, I was overcome with the care and love involved in conceiving and creating every human face.
When we gaze into nature’s often overlooked delights, we are invited into a place beyond earthly dimensions: The Unseen Realm. I speak of things we sense deep in our hearts, rather than just with our physical eyes.
In my book, Dreaming in a Time of Dragons, princess Evangeline (Eva) must learn to trust the things she is sensing with her heart. . . things understood in deeper places than her royal training or even her ability to reason. Eva sees the dangerous door of opportunity she must quickly slip through or lose everything — not only for herself, but for the entire kingdom of Dunmoor.
Will she say ‘yes’ to what she knows deeply, or refuse to believe her own heart?
Below is a *detail* of the finished chalk drawing. The final stage of the sketch posted above. The complete drawing is in a square format.
Drawing not only gives us a deeper understanding in our world but, invites us into a place of storytelling and imagination. Every one of us has an invitation offered to us: Come be fully present and see what’s there! How we respond to the invitation becomes our story to tell.
As Robert Frost wrote in his poem, The Road Not Taken:
“…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”