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Absolute Value 

Blind Contour Drawing is the exercise of looking at your subject and without looking down at your paper, drawing what you see. Oftentimes in the exercise the artist will not lift the pencil from the paper, but draw in one continuous line. 

This trains the artist eye to see the contour and shapes of the subject. I do lift my pencil, but do not look at the paper. Once I have finished the drawing I go over my pencil markings with ink. I never add lines, but will subtract lines if I feel the image is too muddled. I then erase any lines unnecessary to the work and add watercolor in bold, easy strokes. 

The results are a painting free from detail, allowing the viewers to reorder the components in their minds...or not. 

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