"I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have not really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle."
Dutch Painter, Sculptor, Author
1909 - 2006
What we know of the world we know through our senses. Yet, we often spend so much time in our head with our thoughts that we don't experience the world around us. Have you ever walked past a flower, a tree or a stream a hundred times and yet know nothing of the stream, or tree or flower. What have you missed in the world around you because you are so busy thinking about your life, your problems or your family? When you begin to see the tree as it is, will you paint it in a different way. Franck also said, "Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world." Are you rediscovering the world around you through your drawing?
Do you hear the conversations of your friends and family members or are you so busy thinking about what you are going to say that you fail to listen to them. A writer of dialogue must listen to the language used by the people around him. Do you see how the people around you dress? The way they carry themselves? How they move about the room? It is through the behavior we see that we find the clues to who the person is. And it is through the behavior we describe that our readers know our characters.