17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 1998
If you are looking for a book about Zen, then Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is a better bet.
If you are looking for a book about drawing, then Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is a better bet.
This book is a collection of thoughts on Zen, meditation, and drawing. It is an interesting juxtaposition of several drawings and a description of the processes (physical, mental, and spiritual) that lead to such drawings. It is a diary, not an instruction manual.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 1999
No, it's not a book about Zen or drawing, but it is an ispiration for both. This book inspires the reader to see the world for the first time, not just look at things for the sake of avoiding them while driving. Franck's style is not bombastic, but his entusiasm for drawing, for life, and for awareness shows through every word he writes.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 1999
This book is one of the few that has had a profound impact on my life, and one of the very, very few which will always have a place on my bookshelf. I go back to this delightful book again and again when I need to be inspired and refreshed.
"Zen Seeing / Zen Drawing" is neither a primer nor a thorough discourse on either zen or drawing technique, and thank goodness - the last thing we need is more "talking" about zen or "how to's" about art. This book, plain and simple, is about the experience of SEEING, truly seeing, not just with ones eyes, but with all of ones senses, ones heart and ones spirit.
If you have always wanted to draw but somehow never have, then this book may be just what you need to get started, especially if you have any inclination towards things "zen" or spiritual.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 1999
A lovely book about drawing and meditation. It follows on from The Zen of Seeing. However, I have to say that in this one Fredrick Frank seems to be getting a bit full of himself. He is on one hand telling us that there are no rules to drawing in a medative style, and then telling us we must do it exactly in his way.... Still a very interesting book that I, for one, will be re-reading several times!