Swains Island, located in the South Pacific Ocean, is a small coral atoll comprised of an outer perimeter (approximately 13 km in circumference) of flat coral reefs and a 2.5 km² ring-shaped landmass surrounding a shallow fresh-water lagoon in the centre that is closed off from the sea.
Drawing is fun. People who hope to become professional illustrators study special techniques and in due course get better at drawing. However, often as they make progress with their technique they lose their spirits which is the most important thing in illustrating. This is no good. Drawing technically well alone means nothing. Unfortunately, spirits cannot be taught. That is the problem.
Obviously, professionals need to draw well or they’ll be laughingstocks. In that respect, amateurs can be more easygoing because they don’t need to concern themselves with technique. They can simply enjoy drawing for themselves what they see and feel without worrying about the opinions of others. For professionals this is not the case. They have to show off their soil to the world, which keeps them from seeming relaxed. In point of fact, an old man who hasn’t drawn since childhood may draw a primitive illustration which moves the viewer deeply. Heta-uma (Bad-nice) illustrations fascinate me because of this kind of inversion of value.
You should believe that your talent as an unskillful illustrator is equal to another’s skillful talent.
This is the catalogue entry from Hotoke Antiques I like it though because of how they use the Japanese ‘clature so naturally:
Early-Mid 20th century
approx. 14.6cm in diameter, 6.8cm in height (5.8in, 2.7in)
Pure white glazed Hagi chawan in the stylish shape of modest slight distortion. Well-used and well-grown “wabi” white expression by the natural composition of its fairly glaze-crackle and specks discolored by liquid permeation (Amamori), its nest holes (Suana), and its inborn kiln-cracks (Kamakizu). Laudable scenery (keshiki) of living imperfection, as the tea ceremony term. Fine practical condition, and attached with wooden box by the former owner.