Flying Girl Finds the Key, or Plume, 9/27/08
Golden Fluid Acrylics, Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
Today's painting was a surprise. It wasn't where I had planned to go, at all.
It was supposed to be a landscape of ladders of different sizes, a familiar image in my paintings gone by, but after I painted the ground and sky and was supposed to start on the ladders... well... they wouldn't come. Instead, this little house appeared in my minds eye and wouldn't go away. And then there was Flying Girl, and in her hand was a feather.... how else to fly? And then the ladder, propped up against the side of the house. Is that how she got lift off? No windows on that little house, I bet it's dark and claustrophobic inside. But such a jaunty little roof. Same color as the feather, I notice. I wonder if the feather came from that house, if the very place that held her in is the place that provided her freedom.
I see a lot of meaning here. None of it would exist thought if I weren't open to surprise. If I were invested too deeply in my original plan, I would have stayed there, and perhaps not gotten this new entry in my personal lexicon... one that I feel will appear again. Surprise took this concept to a deeper level.
Here's my question to you? Are you open to surprise in your life? Are you willing to walk down that alley where you might find a great discarded, solid wood cabinet? (I did that today when I went to throw out the diapers! It's cool, my art supplies are going in there!) Are you willing to say yes when someone offers you an unforeseen opportunity? Are you willing to toss aside the plans and lists and outlines you have made, when inspiration takes off and opens new doors?
It's all well and good to make your plans and organize your future steps into easy bitesized pieces that you think will get you where you want to go, but when that future starts taking off into reality, are you able to let go of your control enough to jump on and go for a ride?
Practice keeping your eyes open. It's possible that the key you are searching for, the one you are sure is hard and metal and will unlock that door, is really one scarlet feather that teaches you to fly.