I'm participating in a six week e-course by Jane LaFazio at the moment. I'm hoping it will help me build sketching confidence and enjoy a regular sketching habit without feeling guilty every time my backside hits a chair. Why is it that we always fill our lives to the brim with a continual 'bombardment' of noise, activity and commitment?
I'm also currently reading a book called 'The Zen of Seeing' by Frederick Franck. It's all about drawing as a meditation. The book is written in his own handwriting which in itself slows down the process of reading and absorbing the information. He talks about allowing your pen to 'caress' what you see....
"What really happens when seeing and drawing is that awareness and attention become contemplation. Seeing and drawing is not a self indulgent 'pleasant hobby' but a discipline of awareness and unwavering attention to a world which is fully alive."
Pretty deep huh?
Anyway, this weekend I put some of what I have learned into practice.....and I didn't feel the least bit guilty!