“Gratitude for the abundance you have received is the best insurance that the abundance will continue.” Unknown
“Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.” Picasso
Today I will tell you about three amazing exercises in seeing which have helped me so much. They are a piece of cake to do and won’t take too long. You will need to be consistent with your daily seeing though. These exercises are most beneficial.
Choose a picture you either really like or really dislike. Look at the picture, put it aside and roughly sketch the details you saw in that picture. Look at the picture again the next day to see what you missed and quickly sketch it again. Do this for 5 days and compare what you noticed on day 1 compared to your complete visual understanding of the photo on day 5.
Look at and roughly sketch your bedroom over different 5 days and you will be surprised at how you did not know it. This is why the great masters did so many paintings and studies of one subject before commencing their masterpieces. They searched for a complete visual understanding.
Look at a picture in a book and “project” it onto the wall in your mind’s eye. Really see it on the wall mentally, do not just remember it. Try to establish the frame and picture. When you can project a picture with one hundred per cent belief, you have the eye of an artist. If your concentration is a little off, (you may be stressed or tired) you will only remember the picture in your mind, you will not see it projected on to the wall.
With enough practice you will be able to visualize your subject as you paint/draw it rather than copying from a photograph. I have yet to master this and am still working on it with some difficulty. Let’s say it’s a goal for me.
The photo above is an illustration of this exercise is from the book “Learn to Draw” by Robert Kaupelis.
“The striving of man to beautify his life is the only trace he leaves behind him through the ages. We know only about those departed peoples, which left after them some works of art – as monuments, drawings, sculpture, literature, etcetera.” Richard Boleslavsky