Critical voice while drawing

critical voice

We all hear that critical voice that pops up while we are drawing, saying “I can’t do it” or, “This is worthless; throw it away.” Here’s how artist and creative mindfulness teacher Wendy Ann Greenhalgh suggests you respond to this voice.

  • As soon as it appears, stop drawing and rest your hand on the paper. Focus on what the pencil etc. feels like in your fingers, and concentrate on your breathing. This is the best way to deal with the thinking-mind, especially when it’s gone into criticizing mode.
  • Don’t dwell on the criticisms; it only feeds the thinking process. Do acknowledge the voice, however, and keep your attention focused on your hands and breath.
  • If you keep getting drawn into critical thinking, simply let the thoughts be there. Whenever they appear, just bring your focus back to your body and breath, and use these as mindful anchors.
  • These tips can be found in Issue 16.

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