How we see

More than “how to see,” drawing teaches “how we see” – the various shortcuts and hacks by which the brain renders the external world. … Drawing wasn’t such hard work but seeing was*
(Tom Vanderbilt)

A threshold is not a simple boundary; it is a frontier that divides two different territories, rhythms and atmospheres. … At this threshold a great complexity of emotion comes alive: confusion, fear, excitement, sadness, hope.**
(John O’Donohue)

Once we really begin to see (and I mean with more than our eyes) not only do we find there to be far more than we thought, but there is often far more than we can handle. But the effort somehow changes us.

Artist Michael Grimaldi warns Tom Vanderbilt that in their art lessons,

We’ll be deprogramming a lot of our biases with things.

We like our biases and programmings. They’re how we mange to navigate our worlds. Yet, our worlds are far larger than we know.

To slow down and be able to see people, places, the world, objects, ideas, god, myself, this is unnerving … and wonderful.

*From Tom Vanderbilt’s Beginners;
**From John O’Donohue’s Benedictus;
^Michael Grimaldi, quoted in Tom Vanderbilt’s Beginners.

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