Trevor Ledford about drawing meditation

December 5, 2012 in Blog bericht, Buddhism, Inspiring artist by admin



Last week I found the blog and drawings of Trevor Ledford on the Internet. Trevor wrote me about himself and his drawings. I’m happy to share his story and experiences here with you.

“Several years ago, while I was still in art school, I was taking lots of drawing classes. Over time I noticed that a very unintentional phenomenon was happening inside of me as I drew in these classes. As I became focused on the model or the subject we were drawing on any given day, and settled into a drawing session, my mind and heart were cleared of all stress. I felt deep connections with whatever I was drawing. The classes became silent after the first few minutes as people started to draw. After classes were over each day I noticed I always felt refreshed and had a great sense of clarity.

I began looking into the effects of drawing and the mind. Around this time was when I found Frederick Frank’s book, “The Zen of Seeing”. It opened my eyes to a brand new way to use my drawing experiences. I began focusing on the process more. As a result, my finished drawings actually improved without any other additional effort. I also began reading about other process-oriented artists. Chogyam Trungpa also really resonated with me.”

Trevor uses several ways of drawing for his meditations, like realistic drawing and Mandala drawing.

trevor ledford mandala-2

He tells about his realistic drawings:

“When you look at the drawings they just look like really well-rendered drawings with close attention to details. In other words, you would never know they were meditations just by looking at the finished drawings. It’s the whole seeing/drawing thing that Frederick Frank talks about in his books. There really is no distinction. I think anyone who draws with quiet focus for extended amounts of time falls into a meditative state whether they intend to or not. As for knowing others that intentionally use the techniques, I do know a few individuals that do this, but not many. Most artists I know use their art primarily for other purposes. I am also a Buddhist, therefore, I think I make the connection quite naturally as a result of my more traditional meditations.

Zen drawing/seeing is something everyone can benefit from whether they are trained artists or not. The beauty of it is that you don’t need a lot of equipment (just pen and paper, or even dirt and a stick). You don’t need specialized training. Once you know the basic process, it’s very easy to just begin and reap the benefits.”

Trevor lives in Chattanooga, U.S.

He has a blog about meditative drawing:

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