This work was done in 1986 toward the end of the "26 Seeds: A
Year To Grow" year long class that Reggie taught at Loyola
University. I had read Frederick Frank's book, "The Zen of
Seeing", and had copied these words from his book as they
reflected my feelings about the value of drawing. I decided to
use them in a finished piece that would be an inspiration to my
drawing students at Western Michigan University.
I first did the large word "drawing" with a 1/2" chisel edged
brush and black gouache, on a piece of 18" x 20" Arches 140 lb
hot press paper. I then traced the outline of these letters on a
separate paper and lightly transferred this image to the area
below my brush made letters.
Then using a soft 2B pencil I used sketchy gestural lines around
the traced letters to leave a white negative representation. To
complete the piece I used a very small pointed brush and black
gouache to write the quote in the areas that would marry the
words into the large letters and make a successful composition.
Sadly, I have lost this piece. Hours upon hours of searching has
not helped me locate it. It was never framed nor exhibited and I
am so pleased that Reggie has asked me to share its inception
and process with you. At long last it has an audience.