What Does Laughter, Art & Success All Have in Common?

 Blind Contour drawing: Jean Frank-Stark

Blind Contour drawing: Jean Frank-Stark

Are you trying to reach your goal? You have been disciplined, determined and patient but everything is still not coming together. Maybe you’re missing an important ingredient to success? When is the last time you laughed and found the humor in what you are doing? Yes, laughter could be that missing link.  

 Humor can help us in many ways to be more productive. According to Michael Kerr, author of The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank, laughing can help us in many ways: it humanizes us by allowing us to come together on common ground, it’s a tension barrier and it’s key to creative thinking.

Creative thinking is not just for a selective few. Many think that “artist” have innate abilities to draw. They wake up and start painting masterpieces. The truth is they have to be determined, patient, persevere and have a sense of humor. Every artist begins with a blank canvas. It is an intimidating and daunting task to create something out of nothing.

 Blind Contour drawing: Selena Orona

Blind Contour drawing: Selena Orona

Humor can help break tension and allow creativity to begin to flow. When you laugh, your imagination is exercised. You are not being overly critical or serious about yourself or your art.

How can you allow yourself to relax and break into your creativity? Try blind contour drawing.

Draw the lines or edges of your object and never look at your paper until you are done. Allow only your eyes and pencil to work together. What? Yes, it seems crazy! How can anyone draw if they never look at the paper? Artist use this technique to see the object at true value.  She is not censoring herself—something adults tend to do when engaged in a creative task.

Blind contour builds drawing skills while also letting you understand the freedom and joy of “seeing.” It brings life and energy to artwork and allows you to appreciate and stare at the chaos . It breaks fears and constrictions we hold about our abilities.  The finished product can be out of proportion and "incorrect".  This is the point…it allows the artist to be real and laugh at the absurdity of attempting the impossible and doing it anyway.  It gives you the opportunity to create an a-ha moment to unleash your creativity for other parts of your life.

 Blind contour drawing during by a Metamorphosis participant

Blind contour drawing during by a Metamorphosis participant

Laughing with your heART
Giggles are a part of blind contours and part of the process.  Laughing is free, fun and strengthens bonds.  It builds up the immune system, gives us energy, and connects us with others.  Art can be funny or it can just be fun. It connects you with your inner creative clown.

Next time you are staring at your goal sheet. Ask yourself, “am I laughing?” If not then re-evaluate and give yourself the opportunity to giggle and have fun.  Take 3-5 minutes with your pencil and paper, exercise your freedom to see your creative side and do a blind a contour drawing. Promise you will laugh and you will develop your artistic side at the same time.     

Want to learn more on blind contour drawing? Click on the links below
https://lesliepaints.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/continuous-line-drawing/
 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-blind-contour-drawing.html?_r=1