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Drawing is Thinking Hardcover – November 26, 2008
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A recurring theme in the short text is ambiguity. “I have always been aware of the need to provoke the mind when communicating ideas because that is the only way that you prod someone into understanding anything. That is why ambiguity is such a useful tool… Why are we unmoved by many of the skills of academic painting? Because their information is complete and unambiguous, so you have nothing to add. The philosophy of modernism suggests that the viewer completes the work.”
Another recurring theme is meditation, specifically related to the act of drawing, and to the experience of the arts in general.
“Drawing can be considered a form of meditation. Meditation involves looking at the world without judgment and allowing what is in front of us to become understandable. Art, in fact, may be the best way we have to experience truth or what is real.”
“In the pursuit of meditation the fundamental objective is to clear the mind of all the stuff that occupies our waking life: our prejudices, our beliefs, our concerns, our anxieties. Our minds are filled with experiences and beliefs. My assumption is that all of these are impediments to experiencing ‘reality.’ …. When you meditate, or clear the mind, you can actually experience your own reality without all the noise that goes on… Most of our lives we spend deflecting most of the information we receive. You go out in the street and you are besieged just by what your sight, your hearing, your mind encounter.Read more ›
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Peek at a genius at work, which is both simple yet rare. Freedom and discipline woven into a fine laceworkPublished on October 15, 2013 by Donald T Somersett DVM