The art of making tea is, among other things, the practice of learning appreciation for natural rhythms and listening to subtlety. The pursuit of a good pot of tea involves more than just steeping leaves. Skill is essential of course, developing slowly over time with dedicated practice. Materials plays a big role, also; not just the tea, but the cup, the kettle, the water, the teapot. An enjoyable pot of tea then becomes the play and interaction of skill and knowledge of materials.
So it is with learning to paint. I’m reminded every morning as I sit for tea of the value of dedicated practice and of developing an intimacy with one’s materials.