Good morning…it’s Saturday and I am considering is there inspiration in the mundane? Is anything really mundane? What does that mean for me? Is that a matter of perception?
I have some chores and responsibilities to tend to today. One is taking down my Christmas tree. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I don’t really like doing it in part because it’s marks a close to the holidays. I like the lights at night, the ambiance and cheer. Perhaps I’m inspired to add that to my environment in other ways for the duration of the year. I also need to take my car in to the shop as the “check engine” light came on. Maybe I need to check my engine. Am I running at full capacity and taking good care of myself? Behind all this I fear not having time or energy to pick up my paintbrush. That can be frustrating.
I opened my copy of “The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri (yes I still have paperback books!). Sometimes I find inspiration in there that can change how I view things. The following sentence resonated with me: “Be willing to paint a picture that does not look like a picture.” I wonder what he meant by that. For me the interpretations are many. I suspect there is great freedom in the willingness to paint a picture that doesn’t look organized or understandable. Maybe that is something I will have time for!
As I look deeper, I make a connection with the broader scope of my life. Many times it doesn’t look so understandable. There is a lot of what could be characterized as “mundane”. The challenge is in accepting that. Freedom the result! Perhaps inspiration an outcome. I am left with the question: is all this really mundane or just a piece of the puzzle? A brushstroke in a large composition, that has a meaning I don’t always understand. Perhaps that inspires thought, new direction and additional brushstrokes that ultimately create an inspired and meaningful painting.