Seeing through Silence and Inaction
Listen to what is said and what not said.
Observe what is done and what is not done.
While it is instructive to listen and observe what people say and do with intention, Freud’s gift was to sensitize us to what people say and do unintentionally.
Yet, the powerful Active Listener and Observer will also note what people leave out — in their words and deeds — without full intention.
One of the best exercises in freehand drawing is to draw the space AROUND an object.
What isn’t said and what isn’t done, without full intention or realization, often speaks volumes about a person’s motivations and values.
Careful not to use this make a snap judgement, unless time constraints demand it. More often than not, it’s simply a means to uncovering the rest of the picture — the contours of Still Life object in space — and it will provide a guide for what to continue to listen and watch for.