"Far from wishing to waken the artist in the pupil prematurely,
the teacher considers it his first task to make him a skilled
artisan with sovereign control of his craft. The pupil follows
out this intention with untiring industry. As though he had no
higher aspirations he bows under his burden with a kind of obtuse
devotion, only to discover that forms which he perfectly masters
no longer oppress but liberate. He grows daily more capable of
following any inspiration without technical effort, and also
of letting inspiration come to him through meticulous observation.
The hand that guides the brush has already caught and executed
what floated before the mind at the same moment as the mind began
to form it, and in the end the pupil no longer knows which of
the two-mind or hand-was responsible for the work."
"I need not ask you to keep up your regular practising,
not to discontinue it on any pretext whatsoever, and to let no
day go by without your performing the ceremony, even without
bow and arrow, or at least without having breathed properly."
is true of archery and swordsmanship also applies to all the
other arts. Thus, mastery in inkpainting is only attained when
the hand, exercising perfect control over technique, executes
what hovers before the mind's eye at the same moment as the mind
to form it, without there being a hair's breadth between. Painting
then becomes spontaneous calligraphy. Here again the painter's
instructions might be: spend ten years observing bamboos, become
a bamboo yourself, then forget everything and-paint."
some more inspiration and relaxation, clicking this picture (left)
will jump you to a page of quotations by the wonderful Japanese
composer Toru Takemitsu.
While you are visiting this wonderful site, check out the Japanese
scales and soundfiles.
wrote, in addition to his orchestral and chamber works, the music
to some 93 movies, including Kurosawa's 'Ran'.