The wonderful Canadian artist and blogging buddy Benedicte Delachanal approached me for an art rendez-vous or two.

She does art workshops in the real world for people with chronic pain, and thought that I would appreciate similar painting and drawing sessions, to show how relaxing and joyful it is and to give me a break from the ‘word world’ and a foray into the non-verbal.

USA artist Aletha Kuschan joined in on the party, just for fun! (she doesn’t need the lessons, you see – haha – unlike me, she knows how to draw and paint).

I jumped at this opportunity as a form of Art Therapy. A visual artist I will never be, but I can still have fun participating with pens and paint πŸ™‚

The first rendez-vous was lines.

Instructions were as follows:

‘The lines:

Lines are the alphabet of drawings.

They are varied, and full of emotions.

Draw several squares on your page,

free hand is good but a ruler is OK if you feel more comfortable using it.

Draw in each square lines.

Horizontal, vertical, oblique,
mix them together, give different spacing,
fill one or several pages with these little squares.
If your mind start wanting to draw something else in these squares, that is very good and let your hand draw free.’
So I gave it a go and here ’tis πŸ™‚ I think the result, while revealing my childlike artistic inabilities, also reveals another whole story. See, I just can’t help myself. You can attempt to analyse my ‘story in animation’ but it might be safer to just follow Benedicte’s instuctions and do some Art Therapy of your own,
Have fun!

25 thoughts on “Art rendez-vous with lines

  1. What fun – this is great! – love the thought bubbles and the chicks getting the worms πŸ™‚ And the volcano, haha
    (I’m hopeless at art, but find colouring in very therapeutic ;-))

  2. I think there’s so much we still don’t know about the relationship we have with our artistic abilities. You’ve embarked on an interesting exercise, Gabrielle.

    1. I was in two minds whether to post it Ben, but glad I did – it’s good not to take ourselves too seriously πŸ™‚ It is a bit like doodling for me – I always seem to doodle similar themes (maybe everyone does). My handwriting could also be analysed – haha – the backward slant.

  3. How wonderful your posting Ben’s lesson instructions. I love your fabulous drawings, Gabe. I am so behind on my homework! But I have been enjoying Benedicte’s lessons, which make me feel like anything is possible and which represent drawing as something that is eternally young and brand new.

      1. Just a little note to say that I am not doing Art therapy, which is a recognized therapy done by psychologist. I am doing Art. The idea and approach are different , for me anyway. Some of my participants have done both, and they find it very different too.

          1. I wanted to keep it short, because I can go on for a long time on this subject.
            It is exactly how I introduce them to the art workshops:
            It is not Art therapy, it is Art and Art is a therapy, a discovery of your inner-self, and acceptance of your self.

  4. I come from a family of artists (mostly painters, some of whom actually make a living from it) and I’m the only one in a long line who can’t draw or paint. It’s actually quite embarrassing. There is a long standing joke among my cousins about me being found on a doorstep with a note pinned to me saying: ‘Please rescue her, she doesn’t know how to draw.’ Haha.

    I encourage you to expand and develop your inner drawing self, Gabe. I like the order of your art and the themes – birds, fire, sunsets, sleep. All tied together with that treble clef. Cool!

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