3 Mindsets for Mindful Drawing

Three mindful mindsets

In recent years, the surge in popularity of mindfulness has transformed it into a powerful tool for well-being. Rooted in ancient practices, mindfulness directs our attention to the present moment, steering us away from the constant pull of future anxieties or past regrets.

Individuals who embrace mindfulness appreciate life’s smaller joys, recognizing their place in a broader context and cherishing each passing second. This state of mindfulness promotes a sense of calm, relaxation, and inner peace.

Mindful drawing is more than the act of drawing. It’s using drawing as an activity that can deliberately shift your focus and intention toward the present moment. There are many ways to make a mindful drawing since it’s not about what the drawing looks like that matters but rather the effect the act of drawing has on the artist.

It can, however, be tricky to find a drawing style that promotes mindfulness that is easy to learn, fun to create, and pleasing to the eye. That is why I developed Mindful Mosaic Drawing.

If you are interested in learning more about my method, Mindful Mosaic Drawing, you can learn more on my website.

But first, read on for three mindsets that making a Mindful Mosaic Drawing can help you practice.

1) Adopt A Beginner’s Mindset

The first mindset to adopt when delving into mindful drawing is to embrace a beginner’s mindset.

Letting go of the need to know everything is liberating. This shift can be particularly challenging for those with extensive art training, as it requires setting aside past achievements and preconceived notions.

It’s refreshing to give yourself a clean slate and begin a new artistic journey to discover how you can make drawing part of your life again and how mindful drawing can be an important practice for unlocking your creativity.

Remember, every great artist was once a beginner, and there is beauty in the journey of discovery.

a. Embrace Not Knowing

One way to break free from your past experiences is to use a drawing method that incorporates the element of chance. Welcoming the unknown can add an element of excitement and anticipation to your art practice.

Allowing the design to unfold on its own, guided by chance, makes you an observer of the creative process and takes away the stress of coming up with a composition. One of the unique aspects of a Mindful Mosaic Drawing is using the element of chance to come up with your initial design.

b. Be Open to New Ideas

Using the element of chance can be exciting if you are open to new ideas. Chances are you’re trying new things because you want to grow as an artist, so don’t get caught up in the fear of failure. Failure is just part of the process and will help you define your style.

Keep your mind open, experiment with different styles and techniques, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed.

2) Embracing the Unexpected Mindset

Control is something many artists strive for, but it’s something that can often end up holding them back.

When you’re constantly striving for control, you’ll often find that you’re putting pressure on yourself or manipulating your work to try to make it look a certain way. Try to leave room in the process for the unknown and look at this as an opportunity to let your creativity take over as you work with your unexpected results.

a. Creativity Thrives in the Unexpected

Recognize that some of the most compelling artistic expressions emerge from unexpected turns and spontaneous decisions. Allow your drawings to evolve naturally without rigid plans. This openness to the unexpected can lead to breakthroughs and unique creations.

b. Relish Unplanned Moments

Find joy in unplanned moments that arise during the drawing process. Whether it’s a surprising color choice or an unplanned stroke, these instances often become the highlights of your artwork. By relishing the unplanned, you infuse your drawings with authenticity and raw creativity.

3) Letting Go of Perfection Mindset

As an artist, you’re going to make mistakes. Mistakes don’t define you as an artist. In fact, the more you make mistakes, the more you grow as an artist. Mistakes are the teacher of all great artists. One of the most common mistakes artists make is to be afraid to make mistakes. You must remember that mistakes are essential to learning and growing, so don’t get stuck in a cycle of always worrying about making mistakes.

a. Perfection is Overrated

Through Mindful Mosaic Drawing, I want to help you break free from the chains of perfection and welcome the beauty of spontaneity. When you strive for perfection, you are aiming for the “right answer” or “only solution.” I think that this can stifle your creativity, and, even worse, it can be debilitating to some artists to put that pressure on themselves.

Understand that perfection is subjective and often unattainable. Instead of fixating on flawless execution, focus on the joy you get from having a creative experience. Strive to make consistent drawings and not judge your experience on the success of the final product.

This mindset fosters a more relaxed and enjoyable drawing experience.

b. Quirky is More Interesting

We often get caught up in the pursuit of flawless outcomes, but let me tell you, the real beauty lies in the quirks and surprises that unfold when we let go of rigid expectations.

I’ve found that it’s the little imperfections in my drawings and the drawings of others that make them exciting and unique. The lines become not just part of a pattern but of the path the artist made; each line is a physical representation of their thought process and hand movements.

Adopt the Japanese aesthetic principle of Wabi Sabi, which celebrates the beauty of imperfection and transience. Quirks, flaws, and irregularities in your drawings add character and uniqueness. Embracing Wabi Sabi allows you to appreciate the inherent beauty in the imperfect aspects of your artwork.

Conclusion

In conclusion, adopting these three mindsets—A Beginner’s Mindset, Embracing the Unexpected, and Letting Go of Perfection—can transform your approach to mindful drawing. By cultivating these perspectives, you’ll not only enhance your artistic abilities but also find a deeper connection to your creative self.

How to Get Started:

To kickstart your mindful drawing journey, start with small, manageable projects. Set aside dedicated time for drawing, free from distractions. Experiment with different drawing tools and techniques. Remember, the key is not to create a masterpiece but to enjoy the process of self-expression. As you build confidence and comfort in your practice, gradually challenge yourself with more complex ideas and styles. Most importantly, have fun and let your creativity flow.

I’ve developed my Mindful Mosaic Drawing method to give you a quicker way to find your mindful drawing style and to help you start a consistent drawing practice where you can feel results faster.

If this interests you, try out a Mini Mindful Drawing to see how fun and easy this method is, whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist.

Also, check out this fantastic cheat sheet for your mindful drawing!

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