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The Art of Seeing: Blind Contour

When was the last time your really looked at yourself in the mirror? Do you even remember the last time you just observed yourself, as you are, just noticing, without judgement?

The answer is probably never....or a very long time ago. In fact, the art of seeing is often overlooked and taken for granted.

Possibly, you have learned to avert your gaze from reflective surfaces, to avoid the discomfort of what you may come to see. Perhaps its a protective, armored behavior, that keeps you from feeling pain. However, WHAT IF you were able to look at yourself in the mirror, without judgement, and just taking the time to notice what is offered in the reflection?

Blind Contour drawing is the act of actively observing the object of focus, and then drawing it on a sheet of paper, using one continuous line (cannot lift the pen), and without looking at the paper. You will be looking at the curves, textures, small details of the object and rendering them on the page, without looking at what you are drawing.

The practice of Blind Contour drawing is not only a practice in OBSERVING, but its also a practice in accepting, seeing, noticing, and documenting.


-something to draw with

-something to draw on

-a mirror (if you are doing self portraiture).


Ideas for how to use your blind contour drawings:

1. Include in your journalling practice, documenting your feeling states and emotions daily

2. Connect with loved ones. take turns drawing each other. Have a conversation about how it feels to be seen.

3. Practice your drawing skills. Blind Contour drawing is an excellent way to practice and develop drawing skills, if that is your interest.

4. Set up a still life, sit outside and draw your environment, people watching, etc. Use Blind Contour drawing to engage with and observe your surroundings.

5. Draw your hand. Pay close attention to the details, lines, shapes, patterns, wrinkles, etc. Give gratitude to your hands for all the do.

Take Care,


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