#6: Walk to the mailbox

Gather Materials:

  • An artist’s journal, unlined notebook, or piece of paper
  • Pencil set
  • Pencil crayons
  • A timer

Today’s Exercise

Mind’s eye walk

  1. Sit comfortably with your pencils in front of you. I sit cross-legged on the floor.
  2. Before you begin, choose a place you can easily walk to in your neighbourhood. I chose to walk to the mailbox, something I do so rarely these days.
  3. Close your eyes and relax. Imagine a string is pulling up from the top of your head elongating your spine. Take several deep breaths here. Stay here until you feel calm and centred. 
  4. Continue with your eyes closed, put a pencil to the paper and begin to draw your route, slowly walking the steps in your mind’s eye.
  5. When you arrive at your destination spend a moment there, take a deep breath in and let it out. Then turn around and take a different route (or not) back home. If it’s a beautiful day you may want to take an extra trip around the block.
  6. When you arrive back home stop and open your eyes.

Respond to the marks

  1. Set a timer for 5 minutes (I have to confess I forgot to set the timer)
  2. Spend the 5 minutes responding to the marks on the page
    • Extend some lines
    • Make some lines dotted and some dashed
    • Add some spirals
    • Colour in some shapes
    • Use a blending stump to soften some of the hard lines
    • add some straight lines

Reflections on the Exercise

  • Slowing down is key to this mind’s eye exercise
  • When I started responding to the marks, it was hard to get out of my head and not see it as streets in my neighbourhood.
  • When I added dashes it took me into a place of play and I was able to be freer after that.
  • I was surprised to see the blue envelope I had subconsciously coloured in the centre of the page!

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