The Blank Canvas
Attack it! Oh, if only it were that simple. As an artist, I’m faced with a blank canvas every time I start a new painting. As human beings, we’re faced with a blank canvas each morning when we wake up. What happens on that blank canvas is for each and every one of us to decide. The problem is, with all the noise and baggage in our lives, the canvas is never truly blank is it? For those of us with a creative calling, we need to find ways of letting go. To make space in our lives to allow creativity to flourish. I believe that creative calling is deep inside most of us. Whether it’s painting, writing, music, cooking or other, we all need to give ourselves the permission and time to express our passion.
It’s sad to me how many people grow up being told they can’t do this and they can never do that. Creativity is suppressed and we spin our wheels doing things we believe are expected of us. The pressures of managing our everyday lives are very real and distracting. The challenge is to find a way to allow ourselves to be okay with letting go of the time wasting things that aren’t productive and that don't fulfill us. This can be scary at first and fear can be paralyzing. It can stop you in your tracks and prevent you from doing what you know you want (or need) to do. Try to honour the creative being that resides deep in your soul by getting rid of that fear and not feeling guilty about it. Give yourself the permission and time you need to allow whatever your passion is to come out.
This may sound a bit strange, but I look at a blank canvas the same way I look at starting a great adventure. Those that know me know how much I love being out there in nature. Before I head out on a trip, I do lots of research. Every item I pack has been considered. That way I’m prepared and ready for anything. I’m free to just let whatever happens happen. That’s when some of the most amazing and surprising experiences unfold for me. Attacking a blank canvas is no different. If I’m prepared and I’ve done my planning and research, I can then just let go and let whatever happens happen. I love the surprises that unfold for me as I’m doing a painting. Sometimes I step back and think, “Wow, I can’t believe I just did that. I would have never imagined in my mind what I just created. Where did it come from?”
A new year us upon us. Whatever your passion, creative outlet or blank canvas may be, make 2016 the year you give yourself the permission and time to just attack it!