I recently re-read this wonderful book that I wanted to share with everyone. It's called the Book of Five Rings, or The Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. The book was written around 1645 by the famous swordsman and philosopher, Musashi.
I had read it once before when I was in college and was excited to re-read it at this stage in my life. It's really easy to find and the copy I got is illustrated, which is cool, but not necessary. The beauty of this book is that the ideas don't only apply to being a swordsman; the book is really about larger philosophical ideas. I read it from an artistic point of view and learned a ton. Musashi was also interested in all the arts and even did some painting and calligraphy.
The final part of the whole book has the biggest impact on me. It's a list of around 21 precepts translated as "The Path Walked Alone" that Musashi lays out in a bullet point type format. It's a beautiful list and acts as a simple guide to living well.
I encourage everyone to read this book at some point and share it with as many people as possible.
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These past few days, I had the wonderful opportunity to assist with a class at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The class was taught by Mr. David Genther, who is an expert in classical Beaux-Arts wash rendering techniques. I learned a ton of amazing information and met a lot of fantastic artists. Anyone interested in classical arts courses should check out the course schedule at the ICAA!
I'm really excited to assist with this upcoming course at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in NYC. The course is nearly full but you can read about it HERE. The course is taught by Mr. David Genther, who I can't wait to learn from and assist. The ICAA is a wonderful place and I encourage everyone to check it out!
You can RSVP now for my upcoming Ridgewood Art Institute workshop at: