India Art Journal Oct 6-9 2012 by Meera Rao
"The good drawings I do are hardly mine. Only the bad ones are mine for they are the ones where I can't let go, am caught in the Me-cramp"
~Frederick Franck in 'The Zen of Seeing - seeing/drawing as meditation' ~
I came across the book "The Zen of Seeing" a few days ago in an used book shop in DC. I sat and read it for a while at the store totally fascinated by how he saw drawing as meditation and ended up buying it so I could read it slowly and digest the philosophy. The book published in 1973 is handwritten "....because in a way it is a love letter, and love letters should not be typt- set by compositors or computers. It may be a little slower to read, but there is no hurry, for what I want to share with you took a long time to experience." I needed to hear that "A drawing is not a thing but an act." - especially when a sketch or two or more in my journal seem to taunt me with its misread proportions and perspective!
India Art Journal Oct 6 2012 by Meera Rao
There are vendors walking the streets calling and selling any number of things in the course of a day -every day. This particular vendor definitely was special in the way he balanced a wedge of watermelon on top a whole round one ! There is a sense of zen in the scene.
India Art Journal Oct 7 2012 by Meera Rao
This huge water tank is right around the corner and I passed this everyday running my errands. When I finished the sketch I realized that lopsidedness in a way shows how I saw it -looking up, my head tilted as I sketched :) Somewhere in the book Frederick Franck says : In seeing/drawing that which matters can be perceived through the senses, not denied but maximally affirmed."
India Art Journal Oct 8 2012 by Meera Rao
Coral wood or Manjhati tree (Adenanthera pavonina)is spectacular whether it is laden with the yellow delicate blooms or the curved spiraly split open hanging pods with its bright beautiful shiny red bead like seeds. Being in the presence of these magnificent trees brings to mind a line from Tagore poem : "Be still my heart, these great trees are prayers."
India Art Journal Oct 9 2012 by Meera Rao
The last sketch in this page from my journal celebrates life! I was fortunate to participate in the joyous occasion of 'cradling ceremony' of my cousin's 10 day old grand daughter. The cradle was decorated with gorgeous bright beautiful silk and gold brocade sarees and colorful flowers. The ladies sang melodious songs, made sure to ward off all evil eyes and everyone gathered showered blessings on the baby who slept peacefully through the noisy bustling ceremony!
The following are sketches from the page that were done aug 7-10. As in the beginning I was posting only the full page and not individual sketches, I am here giving them the attention they deserve :) I wrote about them on sept 1 2012 in the post : Vibrant and Compelling.
India Art Journal Aug 7 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 8 2012 by Meera Rao
India Art Journal Aug 9 2012 by Meera Rao