Friday, February 18, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
This reminds me of recent studies suggesting that part of the prevalence of allergies and asthma these days might be due to growing up in an overly clean interior environment. Apparently, we need pet dander and a general smattering of germs to help build up our natural defenses. The detergent that kills 99% of all bacteria is working against us!
And from there, I take the step to the number one solution for everything these days: clear your clutter! Believe me, I have some clutter to clear. "Too muchness" is a drag. I have not seen any of the hoarding shows that abound, but I imagine they would set me to sorting pronto! But perhaps this constant need to purge, to rid ourselves of everything that is not of use to our own personal life plan is another sort of "kills 99%" detergent. Maybe this is just an attempt at complete control over our lives (and sometimes others'.)
The problem is, this limits us to only our particular gifts and allows no room for the genius of the world to enter. May I always have room for a little dead wood in my life.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Just about everyone who had signed up for the workshop (where we were exploring painting with watercolor/pastel) professed to be wholly under qualified. I had to assure them that all of us would be trying new things and learning. It is funny how we believe we have to be perfect before trying something. How can that happen? All this worry and concern made me think about what I appreciate most in other artists. It is always their distinct view of the world that engages and enchants me. I don't believe I've ever bought a painting because it was flawlessly rendered. It is always: "What an interesting way of seeing the world!" It is the humanity that we fall in love with, not the perfection.
We set to work. Sure enough, each participant in the workshop had a different idea about how the world looks. Even while some of them were using watercolor and/or pastel for the first time, their special voice came through. It was very exciting! We had a room filled with uniquely beautiful creations. Since everyone had selected their own images to paint, we were able to learn what was meaningful to them personally and how they would interpret this offering to the world. And, as I had predicted, I learned as much as anyone and had a light shown on beauty I had not seen before. It was very human and humane, these wonderful, experimental paintings.
So keep it up! Keep painting, singing and telling stories. You never know when your particular beauty will be the needed balm to an aching world.