I have one of the most beautiful easels I have ever seen. It's carved wood but I don't know anything else about it. Due to my fortunate meeting through a friend and his unfortunate appreciation for this piece, I was able to snag it in exchange for going to the store and getting him some beer. To say it was 'his loss' is really just relative to what he thinks is important in his world, right? ;)
When we first brought it home, I set it up and just stared at it for a long time. I had never looked at an easel as an actual piece of art. The assumption is that it always carries the art. I didn't really have anything to cradle in its arms. I just really liked it.
I believe it was George Carlin who said that children were not allowed to stare out windows and imagine anymore. They always have to be doing something. Whatever happened to dreaming, staring, thinking, creating, pondering, wondering or fantasizing?
Thinking can cause us to drown in paranoia but it can also problem-solve. Those are the only two things we go to it seems. What if thinking was for the purpose of resurrecting our imagination again? Whatever happened to 'what ifs'?
Many of us are at least on our second or third do-over...and plenty sick of it. We can become really angry about it or we could actually view it as a clean slate. The problem with viewing it as a clean slate is that many of us are content to just leave it clean because it seems like a lot of work to rebuild. If we insert the word 'palette' into it, we can begin to view it as an artistic endeavour rather than an overwhelming challenge. It's back to that nasty word 'perspective' again which seems too much like a 'glass half full' cliche.
By adding the word 'palette', I have come to understand that new beginnings are synonymous with reuniting with my inner child. I have the opportunity to live life in a child-like state. I don't mean to ignore my adult responsibilities, it just means that I can get back on the playground again and enjoy the original intention for us which is the spirit of PLAY.
My hope is that you will be inspired to take your dismal do-over and magically convert it into something really amazing. More than that, I hope you return to the real YOU and find your passion again. We ALL have that child in us and we all have something we are highly passionate about. To say it is dead is a terrible thing to declare.
Watching the skeletons create their own little play space,
"The break-away skeletons scrambled to her aid, she fell victim to the candy fix and Candystick parade..."
~Full Length Mirror from 'Idiot Savant'