Sunday, April 01, 2007

100 Views - 99

"From the age of six I had a penchant for copying the
form of things, and from about fifty, my pictures were frequently
published; but until the age of seventy, nothing that
I drew was worthy of notice. At seventy-three years, I was
somewhat able to fathom the growth of plants and trees; and
the structure of birds, animals, insects and fish. Thus when
I reached eighty years, I hope to have made increasing
progress, and at ninety to see further into the underlying
principles of things, so that at one hundred years I will have
achieved a divine state in my art, and at one hundred and
ten, every dot and every stroke will be as though alive."

-Katsushika Hokusai, 1835.

The tower in the window has been under construction for as long as I've been working on this series. That's it going up in the foreground of view 27 and the background of view 40. It's base dominates the right halves of views 53 and 57.
The 5 story high tiled version of Hokusai's wave was the final addition, and went up in a single day.