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Depression and the contour cure

Reference #: 216
Submit Date: 06 Dec 2002
Browse Category: depression
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Treatment used: art
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Country of Remedy: USA
Remedy Source: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (revised edition) by Betty Edwards, 1989
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Remedy Description

"Elizabeth Layton first began drawing at age 68, with the hope of

finding relief from severe depression following a stroke.

Drawing proved theraputic (she calls it "cure by contour") and she

continued to draw. Since then, her work has been exhibited nationwide

and is greatly admired. She believes that everyone can learn

to draw and that children in particular should be taught to draw at

a early age."

click here to see Elizabeths Layton's work....


In blind countour drawing you draw the edges, by not looking at what you

are drawing.

"Edges are the place where two things meet. In drawing your hand

the places where the air, the background, meets the surface of the

skin, the place where the fingernail meets the surrounding skin,

the place where two folds of skin meet to form a wrinkle, and

so on are shared edges. The shared edge called a contour, is

drawn as a single line called a contour."

To make a contour line drawing of your hand: 1) tape a piece

of paper to your table. 2) turn your body away from the table

where you can't see the paper. 3) support the hand you are

to draw this will take about 30 minutes to draw.

4) Now ..."Very slowly creeping a milimeter at a time,

move your eyes along the edge of the hand, ovbserving every

minute variation and undulation of the edge. As your eyes move,

also move your pencil point, at the same slow pace on the paper,

recording each slight change or variation in the edge that you

observed with your eyes. Become convinced in your mind that the

information orginating in the observed object (your hand) is

minutely and precisely perceived by your eyes and is and is

simulataneously recorded by your pencil, which registers everything

you are seeing at the moment of seeing"

Blind contour drawing was invented by Kimon Nicolaides in his 1941

book, The Natural Way to Draw.

--from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by

Betty Edwards