Line and Essence

Lately, I’ve been looking at some really big ideas. I’d like to focus in on the practice of drawing again, specifically, the work that lines do. I noted an “airiness” in my “Zen drawings” in my post, “The Paradox of Zen Drawing,” a characteristic not shared by all line drawings. How did I achieve this “airiness, […]

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What’s the big idea?

The following is a continuation of two previous posts: Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing (1993) and The Paradox of Zen Drawing.   Ideas are human constructs, but where do we get our ideas, from within oneself or from beyond oneself; and if from within oneself, is it arbitrary?  It’s easy to make distinctions between occurrences which involve […]

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The Paradox of Zen Drawing

I want to continue a couple of threads I left hanging in my last post,  Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing. (Anything in blockquotes is from that post.)  Franck anticipated that “Fundamentalist Zenists may… question [Zen Drawing’s] validity as Zen practice.” (p. 25) I glossed over this because Franck doesn’t address this question directly. He only continues to […]

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Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing (1993)

by Frederick Franck Let me first say that the concept — Zen — is thought of by the experts as indefinable. I got this from my mother when she was reading a book devoted to the subject. (Isn’t that funny?) Only after she’d gone through a couple of chapters, could she say that it meant […]

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Never Say Never

We have over 7 billion people in this world, and I have honestly never seen a true doppelganger. You know how people compare photos of two or more celebrities and call them “twinsies?” Maybe I’m guilty of confusing one for another in a movie in which only one appears, but looking at photos side by […]

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