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Art every day week 9: Cathy Durso's daily art challenge

“Art is an essence, a center.” -Eva Hesse

Circles have been showing up in my work a lot lately. In oil pastel, soft pastel, graphite, and watercolor, I’ve been getting inside of the circle, exploring around the outside, finding centers and edges, seeing what’s in front of it and what’s behind it.

Art every day week 9: Cathy Durso's daily art challenge

I think this relates to my personal need for centering. I tend to be anxious, have trouble calming my mind and focusing on the present moment. I wake up in the middle of the night and I can’t turn my brain off.

Art every day week 8: Cathy Durso's daily art challenge

I’m finding that the physical act of drawing a circle is a meditation of sorts. Of course, you could say that about creating art in general. It forces you to focus on the present moment, on what your body is physically doing. But in drawing a circle, there is a centering that happens mentally, as well as physically on the surface I’m drawing on and in the motions of my hand. For me, there’s a definite link between the brain and the body in the act of drawing a circle, which helps to bring a calm and a clarity to my mind. I think I should keep drawing circles for a while.

Art every day week 10: Cathy Durso's daily art challenge

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