Lucio Fontana Milano 1964
Photo: Ugo Mulas

This photo of artist Lucio Fontana reminded us how central that concept of “blank canvas” is to ‘the improvised life’. Getting up in the morning, the day ahead is our first blank canvas. Each post we write starts as one as well: blank space that is pure potential; we often don’t know where it will go, but we know for sure that something will appear; it always does. That might be one of the most wonderful lessons we’ve learned from ‘the improvised life’.

A blank canvas is where all the things around us started: tea cup, computer, lamp, clothes, writing. Each moment has that blank-canvas potential. Amazing!

Lucio Fontana yellow cut painting
Photo: Lucio Fontana/Sperone Westwater

 via Mondoblogo

Related posts: tom ashcraft’s sign: cures arise, remedies appear
perfect 9.5 minute ted talk: janet echelman
anyone can whistle (via anita ellis)
’1000 awesome things’
what would you draw in the sand?

4 replies on “embracing the blank canvas

  1. Nobody talks about a blank canvas better than Stephen Sondheim with
    Finishing the Hat lyrics from Sunday in the Park with George:

    “Finishing a hat…
    Starting on a hat…
    Finishing a hat…
    Look I made a hat…
    Where there never was a hat…”

    At the end of the show, George says,
    “White: a blank page or canvas. His favorite – so many possibilities.”

    These words have become my work mantra. I’ve posted them above my desk and see them every time I look up from my computer.

  2. I love the metaphor of the blank canvas – blank page – for me its very useful to spend some time w/that canvas at the end of the day – reflecting, assimilating, introspecting, connecting with what has appeared – what story have I told today??? thank you!!

  3. Harriet, these words are so perfect (That Sondheim!!!) We’re going to make a sign out of them. Thanks a million.

  4. I love your comment. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *