'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Mighty Pencil


What a wonderful thing the pencil is. I think of this often as I write notes to myself or sketch late at night in bed. 
'The Pencil Is Mightier'
wall assemblage ©robinrkent
I never worry about it failing to write when held upside down or leaking ink blobs on my blankets or sheets.

Pencils aren't greedy - they are fine with sharing the same space with other marks as I loosely sketch, waiting while I decide which line to use, a prelude to a new work.
They have a close history with Thoreau also:  No. 339: Thoreau's Pencils www.uh.edu/engines/epi339.html  He knew pencils inside and out, literally. The lowly pencil didn't give him any lip when he expounded on the philosophy of transcendentalism.
http://www.thoreausociety.org
It was the pencil that initially communicated those feelings to all who cared to read his words when he wasn't there. Such a responsibility.

When I think about it, pencils are taken for granted, ubiquitous, inexpensive, and can be the accepted object of frustration. 

I don't know where I'd be without them. I think they need to be shown a little more respect.

4 comments:

Cynthia Myers said...

Have you seen the movie "You've Got Mail" ?
I have, I've watched it so many times that I can almost recite the words as they are being said.
One of my favorite lines from it is "I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."
your post made me think of it again.
:)

Robin Kent said...

Yes, liked that movie too. Just my speed. There's nothing better than a sharpened pencil. Maybe one with an eraser...

Karin Lynn Cumming said...

BUT, so frustrating when the lead breaks and no pencil sharpener. Not for decades now, but, there was a time when I would "chew" to get that piece of graphite to stick out.

Sand said...

I guess that I should have listened and embraced Thoreau as a young man. He seemed to say that all was right as long as there was a certain kind of acceptance. Somehow that never worked for me.