Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Zen of Seeing


A few weeks ago I checked out some books at the library on drawing. I took the others back but asked to renew one called "The Zen of Seeing", by Frederick Franck. I love this book, not so much for the drawing but for the philosophy of the writer. He says "What I have not drawn, I have never really seen and he goes on to show that "once you start drawing an ordinary thing, a fly, a flower, a face, you realize how extraordinary it is...a sheer miracle....
I think it only took me about 5 minutes to draw this lion. I don't think that was long enough to really appreciate the miracle of a lion, but maybe just a small glimpse of it.

11 comments:

Renie Burghardt said...

Sounds like an interesting book, Brenda. And the drawing of the lion that you did in 5 minutes, is pretty good. I was doodling recently, trying to draw one of the cats. It didn't turn out great, but one could actually recognize that it was a cat. lol. And thats not too bad for someone with two left hands. lol.

Have a nice evening.

Hugs,

Renie

Rudee said...

I like his philosophy. Your lion is beautiful-and it's amazing you did that in only 5 minutes. I can't draw stickmen.

Betty Flocken said...

BRENDA I LOVE this drawing! You really have talent!
I feel photography is a little like the book said. Once you've captured a tree with a photo, you notice all the little things of beauty involved in the tree

flydragon said...

You are definitely very good at this!!!!!!

MYRA said...

Very good lion! I used to draw/sketch all the time when I was young... I haven't since then... Perhaps one day I could try it again... 8-)
Carry on! I like seeing what you come up with! 8-)
Happy sketching!

Gramma Ann said...

Good job on the interesting lion drawing. I can't draw anything!

Brenda said...

Renie,
I would love to see the cat you drew. Can you scan it in and show it on your blog?

Rudee,
I have a feeling you would be good at drawing. All ya have to do is go for it.

Betty,
Yes I think photography is for sure an art form that some of us have and some don't. I know that I don't have the talent that many do for taking pictures. I might "get lucky" every now and then. Ha..

Flydragon,
THANKS...you know that your compliments may keep me trying to do this.

Myra,
You should try drawing also. I don't think I have any talent but I just wanted to try it and see if I enjoyed it. It is the fastest hobby I have picked up recently. I think that is why I haven't been sewing so much any more. I like to do the hand quilting and it just takes soooo long. For me anyway....

Sandy said...

What a great job you did and i need to find that book.

Wow, I'm falling behind on doing the lion.

I like the "lines" of this.

I'll link both you and CM in awhile well..later tonigh as we are going to be busy until about 11 (we have Kenzie that long tonight )...

Winifred said...

I'm not sure what's happening with Blogger, this posting and lots of others weren't there last night when I checked. I found them by accident looking for an old post. Weird.

Anyway your drawing captrues the essence of the lion. Can't believe you did it in 5 mins. Amazing.

Wanda said...

What a good sketch.... I love lions and you have done a lot with a few strokes....


LOL:Wanda from Brushstrokes

cat's momma said...

What a wonderful five-minute drawing...you captured it very well very quickly!

Clifford 1994 to 2009

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