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 this 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.
The Awakened Eye
- You shall draw everything and every day.
- You shall not wait for inspirations for it comes not while you wait but while you work.
- You shall forget all you think you know and, even more, all you have been taught.
- You shall not adore your good drawings and promptly forget your bad ones.
- You shall not draw with exhibitions in mind, nor to please any critic but yourself.
- You shall trust none but your own eye and make your hand follow it.
- You shall consider the mouse you draw as more important than the contents of all the museums of the world, for
- You shall love the ten thousand things with all your heart and a blade of grass as yourself.
- Let each drawing be your first: a celebration of the eye awakened.
- You shall not worry about “being of your time”, for you are your time. and it is brief.