Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Boketto




In our electronically challenging world where distraction by device is an accepted way of life, how often do we find ourselves in a state of Boketto?  In order to arrive at this lovely state, we have to have:
  • a little bit of free time
  • a location away from (or the discipline to avoid) electronic gadgets
  • (our own) permission not to fill that time with something that needs to be done
As artists, if we give ourselves the opportunity, that's when our muse is most likely to visit.  On the day that the painting above came to me,I had gone to get the mail and  was standing in front of our house where the breeze in the trees was making slowly moving shadow patterns on the driveway.  The shapes moved in and out, back and forth, and seemed to be figures dancing in pure joy.  I wondered when the last time was that I had felt that lack of inhibition.  

Later, when I went to the studio to begin the painting, I put on some rhythmic music and started to lay colors on the canvas.  Before I knew it, I was swaying back and forth and then dancing around the studio.  When it was time to return to the everyday tasks that needed to be done, I realized that I was just plain HAPPY!
Maybe we could all use  a little Boketto (and a little bit of art) in every single day.

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