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History of watercolor

History of watercolor

A few weeks ago, on a grey Sunday afternoon, I visited the Mesdag Museum in The Hague. To my surprise there was a temporary exhibition about watercolors and their history. Even though my life has been about watercoloring a lot the past 2 years, I hardly knew anything about the history of it. I never
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Zen seeing, Zen singing

Zen seeing, Zen singing

Since September, I am following singing classes in Leiden (Netherlands) with Scott Blick, called ‘Playing with your voice’. They are my first singing classes ever, but I have been told by other participants, that these lessons are not very mainstream at all. Only recently I’m  beginning to realize what is the most important message Scott
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Energy

Energy

Just a while ago, I read Ineke van Lint’s article ‘Why do we hurt most those we love and how to stop this?’ Ineke answers this question on the level of energy and explains how we are used to taking energy from others. You can read the article here and you will probably recognize something.
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Beyond the monkey mind with Osho Zen Tarot.

Beyond the monkey mind with Osho Zen Tarot.

Zen drawing is more than a drawing method to me. It’s one of the ways by which I force myself to become aware of the moment and accept what is happening. Zen drawing is one of my favorite methods, but not the only one. Physical exercises (like belly-dancing in my case) can be powerful methods
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Drawing reflex: a kind of automatic drawing

Drawing reflex: a kind of automatic drawing

The most amazing thing about Zen drawing, is that if you just step aside and let your drawing reflex take over, it feels like your hand is able to draw by itself. What in fact has happened is what the Buddhists call "the awakening of your inner artist" and you will discover that if you
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Trevor Ledford about drawing meditation

Trevor Ledford about drawing meditation

  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
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The Zen drawing story of Holger Wendt

The Zen drawing story of Holger Wendt

    Holger was already into meditative drawing when he was a teenager in the 70’s. It was in 1983 when he read the book “The zen of seeing, seeing/drawing as meditation” by Frederick Franck that he realized he was already ‘Zen drawing’. The work of Franck opened Holger’s eyes to a different purpose of
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Mindful drawing

Mindful drawing

Mindfulness has become very popular in the West over the last few years. Lot’s of people discovered the benefits of keeping their attention in the moment and to practice a tolerant attitude towards everything that happened in their lives. Sitting in meditation however, trying to get a still mind by thinking about ‘nothing’ is very
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Relaxation excersise: drawing circles

Relaxation excersise: drawing circles

  Before I start drawing I begin with drawing spirals and circles. I found out this improves my concentration and focus. It's the perfect excercise for me when I want to get rid of tension and unwanted thoughts. In just a few minutes I become more relaxed. It's a perfect way to open my mind.
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Using dark and light in Zen drawing

Using dark and light in Zen drawing

  In realistic Zen drawing, the contour or outline of the subject can be important. Drawing the outline of your subject is a perfect starting point for your Zen drawing. The level of ‘perfection’ of the shape might reflect your level of concentration. Your drawing is like a rubber-stamp, and you can use it to
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