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80 page bookTable of Contents:1. Introduction2. Zen Buddhism3. Finding Balance4. What makes Zen drawing Zen?5. Zen Drawing at Work6. The basis Zen Drawing with Pencil7. Zen Drawing with pen and ink- can some of the pens be drawings with color pens?8. Final Encouragement Of the Guided Journal This will contain prompts encouraging you to draw using the techniques outlined in the Miracle of Zen Drawing book. This is an excerpt:Seeing exercise: awareness and memory. This funny exercise was once explained to me when I studied Psychology. It was meant to confront us students with the limitations of our memory and the fact that we do a lot of things automatically, like seeing. Before you start with the exercises below, please take in mind an object that you use lots of times during the day. You can think of your watch, mobile phone, or wallet. Keep the object nearby but out of sight. Part 1 Draw your object from memory. I have taken my own mobile phone as an example:What does the front looks like? How big is the display? Are there any buttons and what shape do they have? Part 2You probably have experienced that it was quite difficult to recall all the details of your object. The next step is to take the object for 1 or 2 minutes and take a look at it. You do not compare it with your previous drawing. After 2 minutes you hide your object again and draw it another time from memory. Part 3Now you have two drawings of your object. The second is probably more detailed than the first. But did you see everything in those 2 minutes and have you remembered it well? You will find out after drawing the object for the third and last time. This time you can draw while you look at the object. It is not about making a beautiful drawing, but it is about seeing. Take about 5 minutes maximum for this exercise and compare your drawings.
Michelle Dujardin is a Dutch artist and writer. She's the loving mother of a beautiful daughter. She loves to feel connected to people, animals and nature. In her paintings and drawings she tries to capture their soul. Michelle studied Psychology at the University of Leiden, which helped her to understand the workings of the human mind. In Buddhism she found the more complete view on life as a whole she was looking for. Zen introduced her to using art forms as a meditation technique. When she discovered Zen drawing- a reasonably unknown method of effortless realistic drawing- she found a way to express herself and the beauty of her daily life. In her books and courses, she hopes to inspire other people to find the joy in their life by starting to draw the things they love in a simple, down to earth and playful way.