The superior artist in China is more of a mentalist than his Western equivalent. For he does not just sit down and paint what he sees, whether model or landscape. He sits down quite a few times but makes no attempt to record what he sees. He lets his mind's eye do that. When the time comes to paint the picture, he remains alone in his studio and transfers the mental record.
-- Notebooks Category 14: The Arts in Culture > Chapter 2: Creativity, Genius > # 76