Years ago I perused a book, "The Zen of Seeing." It was published in 1973. Here I am. I believe in nature. Yesterday's drawing is contemplative. Perhaps a practitioner of Zen would appreciate its origins, would appreciate the manner in which this drawing came to be. During its making I kept staring at it, wondering if the darker forms in the bottom half were too robust to support the lack of form in the top half. This was, initially, a compositional question. It became a meditative question. It led to a meditative answer. Is this Zen at work? I actually ended the drawing by drawing more lines, darker lines, into the central box-like form. That box became the central theme. This meditative decision dealt with the wholeness of the drawing, the whiteness of the ground simultaneously with the darkness of the forms. Nature took over. Attention to the existing forms had to be rarified. Demands were met. Here is the result. Was this an experience of Zen?
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