So, the news is out that June was the hottest on record in Texas. Not surprising to hear after experiencing day after day of 100+ temps, with bright blue skies and no clouds in sight. Now normally I just love bright blue skies, but not at 3:00 pm when the temperature is in the 3 digit range and continuing to rise. A cloud or two to provide a little protection from the relentless sun would be such a gift, but we had no such luck. So, last week, after one too many days of venturing out into what was feeling like a furnace, I decided to find a silver lining to the cloudless day and treat my heat exhaustion with a lazy afternoon in my studio. I pulled out two of my favorite "inspiration" books from my art library, and made myself a cup of "almond biscotti" tea. Sinking into my comfy apple green chair with Popcorn, in a nice air conditioned room I perused through Frederick Franck's books "The Zen of Seeing" and "Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing".
As I found myself lost in the pages of his books, I remembered why when I teach, I always place his books at the top of the “recommended reading” list. I don’t think there is another artist who has expressed so well the “why” of art. From prehistoric times, man has been making marks, which have connected his soul to the world around him. Today, the tools available to us may be much more sophisticated, so much so that some of us even choose to express ourselves with super hi tech, hi speed computers, but the impulse to create art is no different than that of Cro Magnon man. Whether we are drawing with charcoal or painting with pixels, we connect via our art. And what a wonderful connection it is—skies are bluer, trees are greener and cute little dogs are cuter. We see, we draw, we connect. That is the "WAY" of art.