'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.
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.


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.