Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing
I bought the book Zen seeing, zen drawing. Meditation in action by Frederick Franck. It reminds me of some of the things Danny Gregory writes. In Danny Gregory’s book License to create there is an exercise to draw a bagel, and draw every, every sesame seed on it. In the same vein Franck begins with the exercise to draw a leaf: “Keeping your eyes riveted on that leaf, let the point of you pencil start to glide on the paper, and feel as if the pencil point were caressing the contours of the leaf.” I’ve read only a small part of Franck’s book, but it inspires me a lot. It makes me appreciate Danny Gregory’s work even more. In Franck’s book the drawings are about nature, landscapes and people, Gregory’s work incorporates the more day-to-day objects. I think a bagel is as interesting as a leaf or maybe even more interesting. Nature is often conflated with spirituality, but I myself really love and get in awe by the production of the human mind: all these objects we make and surround us with. And that’s what I like about Danny Gregory, Michael Nobbs, Nina Johansson and other Urban Sketchers.
The curl on the middle of his forehead in this 63rd drawing of my partner is especially inspired by Franck.
(Franck also wrote “The zen of seeing”, does anyone read this book?)