Hokusai (1760-1849) was a famous Japanese artist. This is an excerpt from an essay written about him:
Hokusai says look carefully.He says pay attention, notice.He says keep looking, stay curious.He says there is no end to seeing…He says everything is alive –shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.Wood is alive. Water is alive.Everything has its own life.Everything lives inside us.He says live with the world inside you.He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish…It matters that you care. It matters that you feel.It matters that you notice.It matters that life lives through you.
Roger Keyes, Providence Zen Centre