Buddhas at Home bookstore on Etsy

May 7, 2017 in Blog bericht, Book posts by Michelle Dujardin

Together with co-writer Willem Radder I have founded the Buddhas at Home publishing company in 2014. This month week we also launched a bookstore on Etsy which opened it’s doors last week. Here you not only find our hardcovers books, but also our PDF ebooks.

The good news is that Etsy doesn’t require you to have an account on Etsy anymore to place an order. In case you wish to order my artwork from one of my other shops, please let me know and I will refund you for combined shipping. My Dutch book about Zen drawing has appeared as a hardcover in the meantime. At this moment I am seriously considering translating and publishing the book in English too. I would love love love to hear your opinion about this possible translation and if you would be interested in reading this book. The book contains background information on: Frederick Franck, Betty Edwards (left right brain), Jill Bolte Taylor, Buddhism, energy and creativity, children’s development in drawing, healing effects of Zen drawing ( for people with stroke, anxienty, stress etc) and a short explanation of Zen drawing and watercoloring. Feel free to let me know your thoughts by emailing me directly on :info@michelledujardin.nl

Here is our lovely store:

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Dutch e-book available online

November 8, 2016 in Blog bericht, Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

kaft-boek21-beeldschermAlthough you probably don’t speak Dutch, I still want to announce the new version of ‘het Zen tekenboek’. Recently it has been uploaded in most digital e-book stores worldwide. It’s my intention to translate the book in English, because as I see it, this book tells the most complete and updated story about zen drawing.  Focussing on science, Buddhism, psychology, healthcare and of course the fun of drawing, make this book a musthave if you are into drawing.

The latest version also tells my personal story about drawing with my father after his stroke. He is still drawing a lot en he enjoys himself very much.

Soon I hope to tell you more about the fysical book and translation in English. Meanwhile find my other books in English here on my Buddhas at Home publishers website.

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Zen drawing Pack for Christmas with video!

December 3, 2014 in Blog bericht, Book posts, pencil drawing by Michelle Dujardin

tekening kerstboom met packThe Zen drawing pack is a very lovely Christmas present; it looks beautiful, contains everything you need to get drawing and it is very well prized too!  Take a look at this video to see the inside of the Pack:

If you can’t find it on Amazon (it seems to be out of stock now), take a look at these shops:

Barnes and Nobles

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The Pack has been published worldwide today!

October 7, 2014 in Blog bericht, Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

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This week, it was exactly one year ago that Willem Radder and me rented an office to have our first brainstorm session for the American book about Zen drawing. We had already been talking about it a lot and when we got a request from a US publisher we were ready to start. In one afternoon we wrote down the outline of ‘The Zen drawing Pack’ that has officially been published today!

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Yesterday Willem and I officially released the Zen drawing Ebook; the exact same version as the Pack. In the afternoon I went out of the house for just 20 minutes to get my groceries and an apple pie. When I got home, I saw the UPS truck standing still right in front of my house. I got so exited; the book had arrived!! Of course you can imagine that the pie was being served immediate for this unexpected party.

Here are some pictures of the lovely beautiful pack! You can order it in most bookstores in the USA and UK. If  you prefer reading an ebook, you can get a free download of the preview of ‘The Zen drawing Ebook’ here.

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inside the book and journalbook and journal

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Mindful book available; download preview here!

August 16, 2014 in Blog bericht, Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

Zen drawingmindful 200I am so happy to officially announce ‘Zen drawing – a new way to become Mindful’! This ‘twin’ of the book ‘Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist’ focuses on how to use Zen drawing as a meditation technique. This  technique has many benefits, from being an easy and fun way to learn how to draw to a very effect way to quiet your mind and become more aware of yourself and your surrounding.

This eBook focuses mainly on the Zen and meditative aspects of Zen drawing.

Find a EPUB preview of the Mindful ebook here:

And an PDF preview of the Mindful eBook here:

The eBook is available as a download on Amazon, in the Ibookstore, on Nook, Kobo and Google plus.

Feel free to download the EPUB preview of the artist book here too:

Or the PDF preview of the artist book:

If you have any more questions about Zen drawing or the contents of the books, feel free to contact me: info@michelledujardin.nl

 

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My eBook now in Apple’s Ibookstore; download preview here

August 3, 2014 in Blog bericht, Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

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It took slightly longer than expected, but the eBook ‘Zen drawing- a new way to become an artist’ is now available as an Apple iBook. During the writing process I was revising it in iBooks and  I fell  in love with the small version of the book on my iPhone.

Unfortunately since there are more than 51 iBookstores worldwide, I can’t place direct links to the book. So if you would love to bring the book with you on your holiday on your IPhone or iPad, just visit your ‘local’ Apple iBookstore and search for the keyword ‘zen drawing’. The book will then appear.

If you like to have a preview of the book, just download the ePub file below which can be opened with your iPad and iPhone.

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EBook now available on Android and Windows Pc’s!

August 1, 2014 in Blog bericht, Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

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Zen drawing- a new way to become an artist is now available in the Google Play store. This means that you can now read my eBook in any of the browsers available (Explore, Safari etcetera ).

What do you need to do?

For Smartphones and tablets
Install the Google Play Books-app for Android and iPad/iPhone.
This app will automatically sync between your android phone, apple I pad and a Windows PC. Assuming of course if you have these devices.

Just try it out by clicking on the link below and downloading the free sample of my book on Google Play.

You can find the book here.

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Zen drawing – a new way to become Mindful

July 11, 2014 in Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

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Zen drawing – a new way to become Mindful

is an eBook based on the ” the Miracle of Zen drawing” (part of The Zen drawing Pack)

This book explains what Zen drawing is about and how you can do it yourself, even without any drawing- or meditation experience!

This eBook focuses on the Buddhism and meditation loving audience and teaches how you can silence your Mind and awaken your inner artist by using the drawing reflex.

Zen drawing is about seeing with the heart, about drawing effortless

and most important it brings (back) the fun of drawing!

This eBook is NOW available as PDF, EPUB, MOBI and IBook!

Download a Free EPUB preview here:

And a Free PDF preview here:

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Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist

June 25, 2014 in Blog bericht, Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

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Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist

is an eBook based on the ” the Miracle of Zen drawing”  (part of The Zen drawing Pack)

This book explains what Zen drawing is about and how you can do it yourself, even without any drawing experience!

This eBook focuses on the art loving audience and teaches how you can use you drawing reflex and awaken your inner artist.

Zen drawing is about feeling connected to what you see, about drawing without any effort

and most important it brings (back) the fun of drawing!

DOWNLOAD  the free preview of the book here:

This eBook is available as (click to enter the stores):

PDF on Etsy

as EPUB on Nook and and KOBO

Mobi on Amazon

and in the Ibook store (comming soon)

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Zen drawing Pack (September 2014)

June 25, 2014 in Book posts, NEWS by Michelle Dujardin

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The Zen Drawing Pack

Awaken your inner artist and find peace with The Zen Drawing Pack. Add soul to your sketches by ignoring conventional drawing techniques and focus on really seeing your subject. Artist Michelle Dujardin will help you achieve a meditative state just by changing the way you see a subject, and allow your hands to follow the movement of your eyes. When you trust your own drawing reflex, the art that you create will become more expressive and beautiful than what you’ve done before.

Not great with a pencil? Don’t worry, everyone can learn to draw this way and you don’t need any special talent or class. For any level of artist, from a beginner with little talent to an illustration expert, The Zen Drawing Pack is not about making perfect pictures, it is about the experience of drawing, finding inspiration, and connecting to the world around you.

The Zen drawing Pack will be available in September in many bookstore in the USA. You can (pre) order the Pack here on Amazon.

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Het zen tekenboek

June 24, 2014 in Book posts by Michelle Dujardin

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Het Zen tekenboek

My first book was published in the Netherlands in 2012 by the title ‘het zen tekenboek’ by Asoka publishers.

It’s avalailable in Dutch bookstores and in my Etsyshop.

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Zen drawing book is coming September 30th!

March 19, 2014 in Blog bericht, Book posts by Michelle Dujardin

zen drawing pack

Today I received the cover design of my upcoming book about Zen drawing. I am so excited!! I think it look really cool and I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!!

The pack consists of a book (‘The miracle of Zen drawing’) and a journal with practical exercises. It already for presale for even a cheaper price on Amazon! You can purchase it here.

Prefer an eBook version? There are two titles based on the pack:

Zen drawing – a new way to become an artist: For readers that are mainly interested in drawing techniques

Zen drawing – a new way to become mindful: For reader who like to use drawing as a meditation technique

Both titels will be available on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Etsy (pdf)

 

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Michelle

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Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy

May 30, 2013 in Blog bericht, Book posts, Inspiring artist by admin

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It was because of the resemblance with my own zen drawingbook  (white, square and one color accent), that I took Quentin Blake & John Cassidy’s ‘Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered (published by Klutz) from a bookshelf in a nearby store. I have been a fan of Quentin Blake’s work since the first time I saw it. No matter how scary, horrifying or awful the story was (mostly written by Roald Dahl): his illustrations always made me laugh. Learning how to draw by using a book from the master himself must be great fun!

I know now, that the book is great fun indeed. Reading it, I discovered that there are more similarities with my book than I thought. In essence it’s all the same, but the manner in which you draw is different. In this book you use your own imagination and capability to become what you want to draw. There are no rules, just as long as you have fun and catch ‘the essence’ of what you are drawing. The book is based on Gung-Ho, meaning something like enthusiasm and dedication.

The importance of seeing (the main subject of my book) is not mentioned a lot in this book, but finding a way to ‘catch’ the subjects essence is. Drawing spontaneously, letting go of criticism and using coincidence are all other similarities between this approach and zen drawing. Not such a surprise, since the basic assumptions all come from the eastern world. Quentins approach also matches with Sumi-e, but the results are very different: the humorous and absurd  exercises result in funny, sometimes hilarious Quentin-Blake-cartoon-style drawings.

Today I opened the book at a random page and followed the instruction (I have a Dutch book, so here’s my translation back in English): Draw brooms, mops, swabs etc 1) in an enourmous bucket 2) as condemned specimen:

 

 

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The next exercise was: “draw pencils and pens in a glass, without looking at the subject (exactly the opposite of zen/seeing drawing) and ‘draw a robust plant’:

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Finally I drew my own idea: A quick tempered, hairy monster:

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Quite difficult, but fun to do! It resulted in some kind of caveman…

My conclusion: this books sits perfectly within the Zen tradition, just like mine. But I must say that seeing (visual awareness) remains the most important element in the ability to draw and it is not really explained how to do that.

For children and adults, this is a very nice book to learn how to draw. Google the title for images and you will find a lot of funny creations made by others!

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Simenon’s Paris

March 25, 2013 in Book posts, Geen categorie, Inspiring artist by admin

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In the beginning of this year I was surprised to receive the book  ‘Simenon’s Paris’ through my letterbox. A very special book by Frederick Franck and the famous writer George Simenon, dating from 1969. It’s a big, slightly yellowed book with a drawing made by Franck on the cover. I had never heard of the book until a few days earlier. Francine Verbeek had asked me if I was interested in the book because she bought it twice by accident. Before I knew, she had already send me the book. I know Francine due to Etsy. She has a webshop with beautiful watercolor paintings of animals and had been inspired by the work of Franck and Edwards as well.  Even though she had asked me, the book came as a surprise.

At first the book brought back lots of memories. The name ‘Simenon’ reminded me of high school, when I had French lessons together with four friends. We sat in the back of the classroom close to each other. We really wanted to learn French. One of them lives in France permanent, one stays there a lot with family and one lived and worked in Paris when I wrote my book about Zen drawing. That friend was the reason that I went to Paris to draw. Our French teacher on contrary, was famous for his uninspiring lessons and regularly fell asleep. While he slept we fantasized about the future and hung out the window that gave us very nice view on Delft from the fourth floor. We called it ‘the window of freedom’ since it gave us light and fresh air. We had French lessons late in the afternoon, and saw other children cycle home through that window.  I don’t remember why, but we did have lots of fun about the book ‘La pipe de Maigret’, a book we were obliged to read. Seeing the name ‘Simenon’ immediately reminded me of that window and my sleeping teacher.

When I explored the book, I immediately noticed the beautiful drawings of Paris by Franck. Some of them even have colored accents. So pretty and such a coincidence that I went to Paris as well to draw! It even had drawings of the Place des Vosges. (I wrote about my drawing experience there in my book). It even became more accidental, when I spoke to my dear friend Willem Radder, who had introduced me to Franck’s work and had helped me writing my zen drawing book. He appeared to have read all Simenon’s books when he was young! He immediately understood why Franck should have been a great admirer of Simenon’s work: Simenon was a genius-observer that never had any judgements about the characters in his books.

The book ‘Simenon’s Paris’ has been initiated by Frederick Franck. He didn’t see Simenon’s books as detectives or novels, but as ‘love letters from Europe’. He read his books when he was homesick and his craving for Europe became unbearable. The idea of making his book started by coincidence too, when he was drawing in Paris and a passerby exclaimed: “But sir, that’s purely Simenon what you are drawing!’.

In the book, Franck brings passages from Simenon’s books together with his drawings of Paris.  He sees it as a homage ‘to the magician that brought European shapes alive, when he was so much in need for it’. The drawings aren’t illustrations, but serve as a bouquet of flowers for Simenon. The foreword has been written by Franck while he sat in Simenon’s study, in the company of his (at that point 65 year old) hero. There seem to be lots of parallels between their lives. Both were born in the same area and were in love with Paris. This is also why the book feels like a personal and intimate document full with beautiful drawings of which I will show some.

 

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It should be noted that Frederick Franck’s wife (later widow) Claske Franck-Berndes, translated Simenon’s quotes from French. Two weeks ago I heard that Claske died on the 7th of March at the age of 94.  Her memorial and photograph can be found here.

It was a coincidence that inspired Franck to write the book about Simenon and it was a coincidence that made me write my book about Franck’s work. Coincidence brought me to Paris and now it brought paris back to my home. I have the book in Dutch, but I just saw identical secondhand English versions on the internet. If you are a fan of Francks drawings (0r Simenon or Paris), you should definately try to find a copy.

 

 

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