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Drawing Your Own Path

33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Parallax Press
 | 
November, 2016
ISBN:
9781941529362
In stock now: 
5
$33.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Drawing Your Own Path is an account of how multimedia artist John Simon’s daily drawing discipline became a meditation practice, and how that meditation illuminated his creative source. A practical guidebook full of Simon's own art, Drawing Your Own Path offers meditators an alternative path to just sitting and offers artists a way to mindfully examine and deepen the source of their creative ideas. Readers are guided through thirty-three meditation and drawing exercises, exploring concentrated looking, mindful sketching, and improvisational awareness, all designed to help practitioners discover the vast creativity within themselves and in their daily lives.

Among the chapters I include thirty-three hands-on practices, real things for you to do with pencil and paper. What you experience when drawing cannot be conveyed in words. Yes, I tell some amusing stories and give my theories about what is going on as you practice, but it is only by picking up a pencil, setting your intention, and doing the practices that you will see what I mean. I promise there is something amazing to discover.

“Drawing Your Own Path is a smart, subtle, sophisticated, compassionate, radically eye-opening and mind-altering guide to creative and artistic liberation.” —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

Doing creative work every day is what’s important, not the style you choose

 

We can learn to “read” our drawings by turning our attention inward and thinking about what is being transmitted both consciously and unconsciously. We practice freely, making up stories and trying to explain our work as a means of revealing the identities we cling to. The common thread is not a single way of thinking but learning how creativity facilitates insight.

Publisher’s Description: 

Drawing Your Own Path is an account of how multimedia artist John Simons daily drawing discipline became a meditation practice, and how that meditation illuminated his creative source. A practical guidebook full of Simon's own art, Drawing Your Own Path offers meditators an alternative path to just sitting and offers artists a way to mindfully examine and deepen the source of their creative ideas. Readers are guided through thirty-three meditation and drawing exercises, exploring concentrated looking, mindful sketching, and improvisational awareness, all designed to help practitioners discover the vast creativity within themselves and in their daily lives.

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