Frederick Franck – The Zen of Seeing – ‘I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle’.

Found on Botanical Sketches and Other Stories and shared here because it echoes my own experience.

3 thoughts on “Frederick Franc…

  1. Lisa Linsdell

    I found this blog fascinating. Funnily enough, I was looking at Durers watercolour of a piece of turf this morning and comparing it with some similar watercolours in a gallery in Chappell, trying to work out what didn’t work about the gallery pictures. A quote from Leonardo Da Vinci I like: “Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom”.

    The field centre at Flatford Mill is running botanical illustration courses.


    1. Draws Shoots and Leaves Post author

      That Leonardo quote rings really true for me, the less you have to work with the easier it is to be creative with it. Like buying a dress if there are hundreds in the shop I cannot choose, but if there are only two or three it is easy. We should embrace our constraints and search them out.


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