Last night I went to a live figure drawing session of models in the nude. Now, I can sketch flowers and landscapes with relative ease and flow. The human form, in it’s bareness, wow, now that is a big challenge. The sketches I did are merely attempts, now worth of a blog post. And I’m confronted with that uncomfortable feeling, I need more training in art.
In my Reiki work, I’m a big proponent of the phrase, ‘less is more’. Don’t overwhelm yourself with various trainings. Stick to one path until you achieve mastery. But then, I do have over 15 years experience working with that technique. I have a master’s degree in counseling, I’ve worked directly with thousands of people, developing my own technique of Insight Reiki.
But delving into another form, like figure drawing, is where I acknowledge, I need more. Luckily, there are many books and classes around to help the fledgling artist scratch down the basics of musculature, proportion and shadow.
I think I’ve steered away from it in my other art of painting for so long because it always seemed so focused, so particular. It is. Human beings are amazing complex, I know that working with their psychologies and energy fields.
Now I’m motivated to capture their exterior, as much as I honor the interior. The little bits of practice I have had at these figure drawing sessions shows me I also see the energy of the models I’m drawing. I find this really curious, and am excited to see where these two ways of seeing eventually meld.