The Path of Drawing: Lessons for Everyday Creativity and Mindfulness is an art instructional book on cultivating creativity and drawing as a practice of mindfulness. Published by Monacelli Studio (an imprint of Phaidon Press), was published November 23, 2022.
About The Path of Drawing:
This book will guide readers to build a creative habit, learn skills in realistic drawing, and developing confidence in one’s individual voice. Focusing on aspects of mindfulness that are particularly relevant to creative individuals, I discuss overcoming blocks and dealing with emotional challenges to accomplishing work. I share my process for building a personal sourcebook of inspiration and imagination, and illustrate how artists use drawing as a vehicle for exploring ideas and developing complex works.
Richly illustrated with 56 contemporary and historic artists, with quotes, and poetry, this book is designed to help readers stay inspired, build resilience, and discover a creative path.
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.