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Why shoveling snow this week reminded me of creating art.

Imagine over two feet of snow.

Why shoveling snow this week reminded me of creating art

Now imagine a huge plow going down the street. Two feet of snow becomes three-or maybe four feet, a mountain at the end of your driveway. You’re blocked in. No way out. And the snow is heavy. Piled up. And there’s nowhere to put it.

So a shovelful at a time, you carry it and add it to the nearest snow bank. Little by little, in freezing temperatures, you make a dent in the pile. It’s cold, so you take breaks to warm up. Maybe have a cup of tea.

You go back outside and move more shovelfuls of snow. Finally the pile disappears. And your car is free!

Until the plow passes by again. And you have a new pile to overcome.

 

Imagine a blank paper or canvas.

Why shoveling snow this week reminded me of creating art

You have pencils, tubes of paint, brushes, some water, and inspiration needed to create your work of art. You’ve begun. No way out. And the blank paper or canvas is challenging you. Daring you to imagine where the art is going. It’s still in your head. In your heart.

So a stroke at a time, layer by layer, it builds up. Little by little, in the studio, you make something out of nothing. It’s intense; so you take breaks to wash your brushes, sharpen your pencils. Maybe have a cup of tea.

You go back and add more strokes, more paint. Finally the blank paper or canvas disappears. Your vision is out of your head and created!

Until inspiration strikes again. And you have a new blank paper or canvas to overcome.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Why shoveling snow this week reminded me of creating art.

  1. Great post Ani! I live in Minnesota..we are 13 inches of snow behind for the year. We have the snow toys but very little snow on the ground. Stay warm and paint on:)

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