Visual Inspiration - David Byrne's Arboretum
I have fallen in love with drawing trees. There is a Doodle & Flow practice in the Find Your Joy miniCourse that asks you to draw trees.
Most of the time when I draw trees, I show what the world sees above ground and what they don't see below ground. As an introvert, I have a rich interior life that other people don't see... some of them intuitively sense it, but it really isn't visible. Oftentimes my inner world isn't even visible to me until I draw it. Other times, I draw what brings joy and happiness to my life (above ground) and what I must do to nourish and sustain those things (below ground). Here's a sample:
My inspiration for drawing trees comes from singer / songwriter / creative human David Byrne's book Arborteum. I found the book years ago while browsing the shelves of Powell's Books in Portland. I was teaching experiential education at the time and was doing a lot of doodling and journaling to cope with the intensely social experience of living and working with other people 24/7 for 100 days in a row.
The brief glimpse at Byrne's book - drawing what we see above ground and what lurks beneath - was a strong metaphor for my experience of being constantly around people but also feeling lonely and disconnected from them at the same time. My role as a professor on the field semester I was teaching had me constantly answering student questions, guiding them in their learning, and facilitating conversations, but couldn't connect with them as peers. So I felt lonely.
After leaving the bookstore, I was sad that I hadn't bought the book, but my life moved on so I couldn't return to get it. Several years ago I learned that the book was reprinted and I quickly ordered a copy. It has become a favorite source of inspiration... not only does Byrne let his mind wander throughout his sketchbook but he invites us to look at what grows there - above and below ground.
A few pages from Arboretum:
Angie B. Moline
Dr. Moline is an ecologist and visual process facilitator who draws pictures to help clients think. She is currently on a quest to understand why live drawings are so compelling and how to make them as sticky as possible in order to improve communication, understanding, and memory. Follow here journey here!