Book Review: Making Marks by Elaine Clayton

Making Marks by Elaine Clayton Book review by Dawn Thomas Print Length: 224 pages Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (May 6, 2014) Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc. Language: English Arts, Photography, Health, Mind & Body I was really excited to review this book. I love to draw and doodle and this book is about just that. The author explains how drawing with your non-dominant hand allows you to draw more freely. She refers to this as stream drawing using your intuition. I referred to it as doodling with intention. The book includes many exercises. One is called the skating pond. You close your eyes and imagine your pencil is “skating” on the surface of an icy pond. Last month at my local women’s’ group, we did a few of the exercises from the book with mixed results. Some of the women found the exercise to be very freeing while others were frustrated. The ones that were frustrated were blocking their energy from coming out freely onto the paper. You have to be willing to give control over to your hand and not your mind. Below are the stream drawings I created while remembering a specific emotion.  As you…