“Forgiving is Life Itself”
Today’s storyteller is a famous Japanese water color painter [W:Mitsumasa Anno].
He is best known as an author of children’s books.
The story is about “black cat and life”.
It’s a strange combination but they are somehow related each other for him.
It must have happened to anyone but when he accidentally spotted his painting with a drop of black ink, he calmly paints something over it such as a black tree or a black cat passing.
Although when he covered a spot with a black cat, he gets anxious about it next day, contrary to his intention to ignore it.
First he thought “I did it well” and later, he starts regretting having painted a black cat, and ends in failure.
Also he makes another critical mistake, which is that when he engraves his seal (as a signature), he accidentally stamps upside down.
After all the hard work, it’s simple but critical mistake at the very end.
There are some works stamped upside down, so he asked a Chinese engraver how they handle it.
According to the engraver, the moment the artist engraves is “the only once in lifetime”, and Anno interprets the word that “failure is also a frame of the process”.
“One can’t live if failure is never allowed. ‘Forgiving’ is life after all. As many things are so, painting is also life.”
The NIKKEI May/7/2009 by Mitsumasa Anno (water color painter)
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