“From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was fifty I had published a universe of designs. but all I have done before the the age of seventy is not worth bothering with. At seventy five I’ll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am eighty you will see real progress. At ninety I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At a hundred I shall be a marvelous artist. At a hundred and ten everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokosai, but today I sign my self ‘The Old Man Mad About Drawing.” — Hokusai
Every time I come across this quote it makes me happy. It reminds me that drawing and painting are interests where the scope for improvement and learning is endless. And when I came across it again recently it helped me redouble my efforts in thinking up ways to get rid of an old friend, who has overstayed his visit – Procrastination. While I may not be sitting down to draw or paint everyday these are activities I think about daily, more so on days when I dont pick up that pen or brush. I’ve been feeling guilty. I believe both are common when you’re procrastinating.
I’m putting up a fight and trying to push my friend out the door. I’ve added two more portraits to Julia Kay’s portrait party collection. Came across a post on Lines and Colors about a new weekly column on drawing on NY Times that I hope to follow. There are some exercises on colour and values that are awaiting attention. I hope one/all of these will make me forget the reasons that’ve kept this friend here. Another friend earlier today told me to get off the pity potty and get on with it! So here I am with this drawing from a couple of days back and the long overdue post.