Good Morning everyone…..
It happens to all of us, at some time in our lives, we come across a “road block”… as a writer, writer’s block, when I’m in a creative mood with my sculptures, and suddenly my creative moment goes on sabbatical, it is another form of “road block” In PL we are taught to take a step back, and to look at how we have been tackling our “challenge” (task at hand). If I walk away do something else, then come back, I am often able to “see” with a different set of eyes. When I was painting, I’d find that there were some forms of expression that I just couldn’t agree with. I would keep wanting to add more paint, or take some away, make adjustments, this would go on till my canvas looked like one big mess of colour. Instinctively I would know that I had “missed” the moment…. the ah ha… of the expression was gone, no matter how much I was to persist, it would not come back. It was time to acknowledge that I had not been working with my full makoto, and the result was before me. Like it or not, what I had achieved was putting my “mixed emotions/feelings” on the canvas, there was nothing to do but accept it and move on. Trying to accept the abstract mess of colour was never satisfying, especially if I tried to convince myself that this is what I must have been trying to express. What is the expression, you can fool some people some time, but you can’t fool all of the people all the time??? And, you may try to fool yourself, the reality is, your inner self always knows what is real and what is not.
In Norman Rockwell’s print, you can see that everyone is giving their full attention to getting the “road block” to move out-of-the-way. (found on imachild.wordpress.com) When we are faced with a difficulty,challenge, obstacle, if we step back and think about how we can creatively get around our problem… usually with patience, the obstacle will move along.
Have a wonderful day today, may your day be filled with calm, serene and beautiful moments!!
Namaste – Oyashikiri