Frederick Franck Vintage Books, New York. Onlookers we are, spectators "Subjects" we are, that look at "objects". Quickly we stick labels on all that is, labels that stick once and for all.
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I got it as a gift and I use Zen drawing in all my art work now. It inspired me to write my first book in Dutch which was published in and as a result I was asked by an American publisher to write a practical book with lots of exercises and drawings. Together with other Franck fans we have created a zen drawing Facebook community were people can share their drawings and experiences.
I am very grateful to Frederick Franck for being such an inspiration This book literally changed my life!! I am very grateful to Frederick Franck for being such an inspiration and hopefully I can help in keeping his work alive. Since then Ive read it a few times and it continues to speak to me. I recommend it to you, especially the travellers and writers among us. Like Franck, I cannot sit and meditate.
I fail to clear my mind of the dribble that pushes its way into any space and silence. Yet, when I sit to sketch, everything disappears except the object of my attention. I slip into Zen-state where an hour or two passes as if it was a Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing came to my attention in , already a year-old book. I slip into Zen-state where an hour or two passes as if it was a moment.
Franck explains this magic as he walks readers along the path from his early days of gallery shows to his gradual movement into drawing and eventually to the transcendent moment of the unification between seeing-drawing and the experience of oneness.
See the object, enter it through the pen, and experience oneness with it. He compares this experience with the fleeting, but timeless, haiku: "An authentic haiku must, in one breath, grasp the joy as it flies, the tear as it trickles down the cheek. In its seventeen syllables a haiku must catch the unsayable, the mystery of being and non-being: timeless mini-satori in fleeting time: This dewdrop universe.
Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing: Meditation in Action
Then of course, since it is an art book at least half of the volume is taken up with some very startling ink wash and line drawings. Every other page is visual; totally illustrating what the author is commenting on. He has some great stuff to say about teaching art; sometimes quotes from zen masters and sometimes just anecdotes from his outdoor sketching classes. It is not impossible to make art a part of your life. And the rewards are enormous. We do not notice that there are probably ten thousand tiny little items around us.
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