“Create” she said with enthusiasm as I took my first-ever painting course.
I looked at the black piece of paper and was numb.
“Create? Create what?”
“Let it flow. Put paint on brush, brush on paper. See what happens.”
“She’s got to be kidding” i murmured to myself.
“I need her to show me what to do. I’ve never – ever – painted before”.
The others were playing with their paints – mixing colours, adding water, having fun. One was even humming. And I? What was I doing? I was looking at the others, trying to figure out what to “do,” looking at the instructor, trying to have her tell me – in simple, easy, step-by-step instructions
“Begin – and it will flow” echoed the “build it – and they will come” words in my head.
I wanted to bring form out of nothing.
Bring something new into being.
Birth a unique piece of art that had not existed before.
But there I sat.
Schoenberg created twelve-tone music
Bette Nesmith Graham invented liquid paper
Picasso created cubism
Auden made verses
Gates created Microsoft
Gutenberg invented moveable type
Cartwright invented the game of baseball
Earle Dickson invented bandaids
Walter Hunt created the safety pin
Jack St Clair Kilby created the microchip
Arthur Wynne created the crossword puzzle
and then there was Einstein, Orville and Wilbur Wright
Pasteur, Eli Whitney, Frank Zamboni and …
They all created … were they ever ‘immobile’?
Why was I?
Thoreau wrote “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
The Deuteronomist wrote “Choose life!”
So what did I have to lose?
Paint went on bruch
Brush touched paper
Lift-off! … creation!
And once again,
came the reminder to
… go confidently in the direction of your dreams
… choose life
Opportunities to create – to begin (again) – are all around us
So, whatever form the creation take
be that artistic, relational, healing … whatever …
may we be willing to take the risk
… begin to create the future!
Photo & Text © june maffin SOULartISTRY www.soulistry.com