Territory under pen/ink and color painting
Painters since ancient times are self-restrained with “hard bones”, never bow to the secular bigwigs. Even though he is already poor enough, has no place to stand, he will never ask the secular bigwigs for being an official. Those who are dignitaries want to buy paintings from him, he may not sell, preferring a poor life. This kind of “proud” sometimes shows in the paintings.
Tang Bo hu of Ming Dynasty has such a mood description, he said: “Do not laugh at me because I do not have a place to stand, thousands of miles territory created under my pen.” — Although, I’m poor enough and no foothold point to stand, there are thousands of miles territory are in my chest, these territories under my pen all are mine.
In fact, he did not rely on selling his paintings for living. He enjoyed drawing the thousand miles territory under his pen. “While a free time, I draw mountains and sell” which shows how comfortable his live was without fame and fortune.＠