Post #206 • February 4, 2004, 8:39 AM • 4 Comments
I have a holder that allows me to use pencils after they've become too small to hold comfortably in the normal way. Finally, once they become too small to turn in a sharpener, I put them in a jar to which I've taped a quote from Hokusai, a postcript he wrote for the first volume of One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji:
From the age of six I was in the habit of drawing all kinds of things. Although I had produced numerous designs by my fiftieth year, none of my works done before my seventieth is really worth counting. At the age of seventy-three I have come to understand the true form of animals, insects and fish and the nature of plants and trees. Consequently, by the age of eighty-six I will have made more and more progress, and at ninety I will have got closer to the essence of art. At the age of one hundred I will have reached a magnificent level and at one one hundred and ten each dot and each line will be alive. I would like to ask those who outlive me to observe that I have not spoken without reason.