Expanding our Minds is what we do when we are trying something new. For me , it is the way to grow as an artist, to push the envelope so to speak.
There are other benefits as well .This is a method that science tells us will help to keep our mind functioning. Try doing things in a different way. Follow a different path from where you always go. Use your other hand. Art gives us lots of new choices every time we are on our creative path. So does life, doesn't it?
This is a page from my book I created at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. There I took a class from Nancy Culmone and believe me, it was a lot of new experiences for me. This particular exercise was in contour drawing. What is that, you might ask? Well I didn't know either when I started.
Contour drawing is when you look at the object only and not at what your hand holding the instrument is doing.
In other words I am observing the tiny branches on the dried flower I chose to draw in my left hand. My right hand holds the drawing pen on the paper and I never take it off, and I never look at what I am doing. My lines are all connected and I do not have a clue what it will look like. I must leave the rules of representation behind . The nice thing about drawing contours is there is no right or wrong, there is only what is. So that is a mind expansion right there for me. Comments?