This time last year I was creating the art for the new edition of my book
True Nature : An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude.
Now it has been published in paperback
with sixteen pages added at the end.
In these new pages I offer a way to step through the veil of fear
that can surround art making. . .
Starting with the ease and attentive eye of blind contour drawing -
then letting words arise nearby . . .
Adding a touch of color to the drawing -
Then going for the full process - beginning, middle and end -
guided by the ancient principles of Heaven, Earth and Human . . .
First is the heaven object - expressing the space - simple and vertical - a winter tree.
Then comes Earth - counterbalancing along the ground - lively and textured - the wild vine.
And now Human - a detail - coming in close - the patch of moss at my feet.
Letting words arise in relation to each brings forth the insight . . .
In the end it's more about what we choose to draw
and what that tells us about ourselves - mysterious and close . . .
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