FREDERICK FRANCK's 10 Commandments as an artist – via Miriam Louisa

FREDERICK FRANCK’S TO-DO LIST – He called it his “10 Commandments”

“These Ten Commandments on seeing/drawing were revealed to me on a mountain, but also in a meadow, on a beach and even in the subway. For their revelation did not come all at once, but in installments, as it were, over the years, and always while I was busy drawing, and invariably on holy ground. But that may be because, while drawing, all ground is holy: unseparated from the Whole.

1 You shall draw everything and every day

2 You shall not wait for inspiration, for it comes not while you wait but while you work

3 You shall forget all you think you know and, even more, all you have been taught

4 You shall not adore your good drawings and promptly forget your bad ones

5 You shall not draw with exhibitions in mind, nor to please any critic but yourself

6 You shall trust none but your own eye, and make your hand follow it

7 You shall consider the mouse you draw as more important than the contents of all the museums in the world, for

8 You shall love the ten thousand things with all your heart and a blade of grass as yourself

9 Let each drawing be your first: A celebration of the eye awakened

10 You shall not worry about “being of your time”, for you are your time

And it is brief.” – Frederick Franck

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From Franck’s book, The Awakened Eye – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0394740211?ie=UTF8&tag=wonderingmind-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0394740211

The Zen of Seeing is here – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zen-Seeing-Drawing-Meditation/dp/0394719689/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458974460&sr=1-1&keywords=frederick+franck

For more about Frederick Franck, visit the awakened eye website. – https://theawakenedeye.com/2012/09/19/the-dance-of-me-and-mu/franck-drawing-128/

Miriam has several sites – but the 10 Commandments are from here -http://wonderingmindstudio.com/inspirations-aspirations/to-do/

MIRIAM LOUISA SIMONS asks HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU DRAW QUIET? – ‘the inexpressible is the only thing worth expressing’

Taking inspiration from ;

There is a way of breathing
that’s a shame and a suffocation
and there’s another way of expiring
a love breath,
that lets you open indefinitely.
– Rumi

Kabir says:
Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.
– Kabir

MIRIAM LOUISA SIMONS says

“I’ve tried many ways. I spend a lot of time “Seeing-Drawing” … the wonderful meditative practice I learned from Frederick Franck on one of his retreats and also from his classic The Zen of Seeing. I’ve tried just about every form of visual poetry: color, tone, texture. They were all effective to a degree. Frederick Franck used to assert that ‘the inexpressible was the only thing worth expressing’. I took this statement as a koan as I explored ways to express that ineffable quietude.

It wasn’t until my practice distilled down to the essential life-tide of beingness that I approached real stillness, real quietude.

One soft succulent dawn in India I drew my breath.” –

SEE http://wonderingmindstudio.com/2011/03/07/how-many-ways-can-you-draw-quiet/

YOU WILL FIND MUCH TREASURE AT THIS SITE…

YOU WILL FIND MUCH TREASURE AT THIS SITE – http://www.theawakenedeye.com/

I am
but there is no ‘me’.
Wei Wu Wei

You are looking
for what is looking.
St Francis of Assisi

I am not
but the Universe is Myself
Shih T’ou AD 700 – 790

The eye
with which I see God
is the eye
with which God sees me.
Meister Eckhart

That which is seeking
is the sought.
Buddhic Scripture

The meaning of life
is to see.
Hui-neng

The observer
is the observed.
J Krishnamurti

You are the perceiving
not the perceiver.
Ch’an

Either I become what I draw
or I cannot draw it.
Frederick Franck