One Reason to Draw or Paint

May 19, 2015

Watercolor sketch of Iris from Kitty's garden

Watercolor sketch of Iris from Kitty’s garden using Maryam’s paper from France (Moulin a Papier de Provence)

I was in a receptive frame of mind to hear the lessons Frederick Franck presents in his book, The Awakened Eye:  A Companion Volume to The Zen of Seeing (1979).  He advocates for a contemplative way of seeing and of practicing drawing as meditation.  He says:

“I have this life —
of which most is gone —
to spend . . .  or to waste . . . ”

Kitty's iris garden on Samish Island

Kitty’s iris garden on Samish Island

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“These drawings were done
for one reason only:
to SEE before I die . . .”  — Frederick Franck

“The meaning of life is to see.”  — Hui Neng

Oh, yes.

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4 Responses to “One Reason to Draw or Paint”

  1. K Walsh Says:

    A very nice blog post. Love the garden, the drawing and the quotes.

  2. Alethea Eason Says:

    Absolutely stunning! You captured the soul of the iris.

  3. Alethea Eason Says:

    Reblogged this on The Heron's Path and commented:
    Simply lovely!

  4. mzuritam Says:

    Thanks for sharing!


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