Reflection: Where do you focus? And, what do you see?
Several years ago, during one of my early watercolor classes, our instructor Cecelia sat us down to sketch on the South Saskatchewan riverbank here in Saskatoon.
Thinking like photographers, we scanned the horizon and angles searching for THE perfect composition. Not Cecelia. She pointed out a grouping of trees to the left, the sweep of a promenade to the right, and the silhouette of a building in the distance. She totally ignored the backhoe, the piles of dirt, and the construction workers milling around the site.
Cecelia then roughed out a sketch that moved the elements she liked into a composition that worked. We looked at her – skeptical and disbelieving – and asked, “Can you do that?”
The answer, of course, is yes. And not just in the world of art!
Art, and the art of life, invite us to picture what could be. Having imagined it, we can set about creating something new.
This option – to create a fresh reality and imagine new possibilities – is available to each of us every single day. We need only focus our attention on what holds appeal, work around the debris, and picture what could be in the face of what is.
Action: As the designer of your own life, you get to choose your point of view. Read More…
This post was written by Pat Katz on March 13, 2013