Drawing Your Own Path: Exploring Art, Creativity, and Mindfulness

Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7 pm

With John F. Simon Jr., Visual Artist and Author

In this hands-on workshop, John F. Simon Jr. introduces the methods of mindful drawing described in his recent publication, Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation. He will teach ways in which participants can observe their own thoughts while drawing, putting them in touch with the joy of creating, learning by exploring, and noticing how they judge the results. Simon will also lead a group discussion on how everyone can find the sources of their creativity and what mindful drawings reveal about us. The workshop finishes with the practice of a simple exercise in the galleries of the Museum.

Drawing materials will be supplied. All levels of experience with drawing and meditation are welcome.


John F. Simon, Jr. is a pioneer in the development of software art. In 2000, based on his software art exhibition ComplexCity, he received the Trustees Award for an Emerging Artist from The Aldrich. His seminal work Every Icon was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial. In October 2005, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Printed Matter published Simon’s artist’s book and software CD, Mobility Agents, and in 2011, he collaborated with Icelandic singer Björk to write an app for her album Biophilia, the first app album ever created. His artworks can be found in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Collezione Maramotti, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Simon grew up in central Louisiana and studied Geology and Fine Art at Brown University. He went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Earth and Planetary Science at Washington University, and an MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Simon currently lives and works in Sugar Loaf, New York.


Drawing Your Own Path, published in November 2016 by Parallax Press, is an account of how Simon’s daily drawing discipline became a meditation practice, and how that meditation illuminated his creative source. A practical guidebook full of Simon’s own art, Drawing Your Own Path offers meditators an alternative path to “just sitting” and offers artists a way to mindfully examine and deepen the source of their creative ideas. Readers are guided through thirty–three meditation and drawing exercises, exploring concentrated looking, mindful sketching, and improvisational awareness, all designed to help practitioners discover the vast creativity within themselves and in their daily lives.