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Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation Paperback – Sep 12 1973

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; First edition (Sept. 12 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394719689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394719689
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 1.2 x 27.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Dutch artist offers his concept of seeing and drawing as a discipline by which the world may be rediscovered, a way of experiencing Zen.

About the Author

Frederick Franck (1910-2006) was the author of more than thirty books, including "The Zen of Seeing" (Random House), and the award-winning "Pacem in Terris: A Love Story (Codhill), " as well as an editor of "What Does it Mean to be Human" (St. Martin's Press), recently translated into Spanish and Chinese. He was honored with the World Citizenship Award by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and his sculpture and artwork are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, and other public and private collections.


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By A Customer on May 24 2000
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I was overjoyed to see this book back in print. I bought, devoured, and used this book in 1975 as an art student. Have you ever been so interested in doing an activity that time seemed to stand still? When you stop, it's almost like waking up from a pleasant dream or coming home from a long trip. That's what Franck is writing about here: the process of taking a tiny element of nature, a leaf or a stick or a seashell, and getting to know it in an unbelievably intimate way by drawing it. It absolutely does not require artistic "ability" to do this. Nonartists will be astounded what an adventure it is to take an hour or two and do this activity. It is therapeutic. It feeds the soul on a level that is akin to meditation, hence the title. My drawing teacher said, "I am not going to teach you to draw, I am going to teach you to see." Franck does this, and weaves into the text Zen stories and koans that shed light on the reasons for doing this activity in the first place. Enlightenment can be found in the art of tea, in the art of archery, in chanting and meditating, and Franck has shown us that drawing is a very valid method to add to this list. Thank you to the person who decided to reintroduce this classic. When so many books focus on creativity as a way to succeed in business, it's refreshing to return to developing creativity for its own sake. Buy this book, but promise to also plop down under a tree somewhere and draw!
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What a revelation! This book is actually a way of life, a way of seeing world in a very different yet sobbering way. This book is for the artist within, those of us who are intimidated by our art-works and yet have a deep longing to express ourselves through them.
In this book, Mr. Franck shares his way of viewing the world and expressing it through his drawings and the process is very much spiritual, it is a way of life. When I picked up this book, I thought I'd learn some technique in drawing that can help me, but I gained so much more; all I needed to learn I already have inside. Now, I can't wait to bring my sketchbook and pencil everywhere I go and start drawing.
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This is a fascinating book that stimulates one to observe the beauty of life's everyday processes and to record these experiences in the form of simpledrawings-- sketches that need not be exact, are often indistinct, yet capture some intricate details to reveal the beauty of nature. This is a very "warm and friendly" book with a very rustic, imaginative style, and is very readable. The expressions in this book have stimulated the interest of almost all who have picked it up- my sons aged 14 and 8, my daughter aged 4, a computer programmer, a cancer patient in the ward, a nurse, and therapist and others from all walks of life - the artist within all of us !
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I've studied many of the how-to draw books out there on the market. And, I must say that this book is quite well written and easy to understand(it is actually handwritten and not typed). It teaches the reader to be more concerned with what he/she is observing than what they are putting down on paper. The author uses many examples to illustrate his points he is tring to get accross. However, this book will not be of any aid to those who are searching for actual techniques and drills (such as step by step excersizes). The lessons taught are somewhat similar in substance to those taught by Dr. Betty Edward's Book "Drawing on the right Side of the Brain". I would recommend this title to those who are interested in drawing for the shear enjoyment of it. So, in that respect I give it 5 stars.
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The author does a wonderful job of teaching how to see what is before you and all around you, without the filters of conditioning. It is very Zen in its approach, being experiential, rather than philosophically deep. The philosopy is understood through the experience. Not just for artists, this book shows us how to see and be.
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This book is about developing the artist mode of seeing. By drawing what you see you will see better and then be able to draw it better which will allow you to absorb the whole of nature by paying attention to its small details too. The book is an eye opener- Author- Creative Painting For The Young Artist
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Le français étant ma langue maternelle, j'apprécie tout de même la poésie utilisée dans cet ouvrage. Ce livre doit être lu lentement pour en apprécier sa profondeur.
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