Good Evening, God!
I am taking a Beginning Watercolors class. . . and I am unlearning more than I am learning. I hope that will change, BUT, I have so much to unlearn!
I no longer have to fill the page with color. Amazing! It reminds me that I can refrain from filling my day, too. Empty Space? Unused Time?
Those concepts do require major and repeated Unlearning!
My next “unlearning” was to stop using the brush as a pencil — instead of using it as a brush. A Pencil is about Control. But my Brush wants to JOIN with me in the painting. We often do that with the people around us, don’t we God, treating people as Pencils and not as Brushes.
Once again, I think of how my Body is now a Full Member of my Grand Alliance. I am growing to see Caring for her as beyond Health or Vanity. My Body is becoming a Valued Colleague. She — like the Brush –wants to cooperate WITH me.
Then, of course, God, there is the whole question of Value. Is what I am doing “Art” . . . never mind is it Good Art.
I am mostly able blissfully to ignore that as a question, as I ignore all the little spots and splotches on the painting. I am having FUN and I am quite fond of my Creations. . . as I hope You are of us.
Someone looked at them and said (helpfully) that they would make nice postcards and I could send them off to friends. . . and I thought, egads, let them go? I hope I gave a polite response.
Meanwhile, I just finished Stitches by Anne Lamott which is about Life NOT being perfect. She says, “I forget what a phenomenon this life is, beyond all opinion, category or doctrine.” Yes, God! Life is full of stitches and sketches and moments of awe!