The Blank Canvas

A blank canvas is one of those very interesting parts in art – something that holds unbound potential just waiting to be tapped into. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, around here, we get excited to see that blank void, it usually means something great is about to happen, something exciting.

When that first stroke touches down, you know you’re in for a wild ride. Your face lights up as the white expanses recede and your work starts to take up the empty spaces. That’s when art happens, that is where it all starts. Everyone out there goes through that same process when creating, no matter what medium you may be talking about. It’s all the same in that regard.

No matter what you’re working, we all have the blank canvas together. We all go through that same creative step to get to the work that we’re trying to chisel out and create. And that’s part of the fun.

There are innumerable different kinds of canvas – of course the most obvious being, well, a canvas. But in truth, they take many forms and guises, many are hiding right under your noise right this very second, waiting to be tapped into.

Canvas and Paper are the ones that spring up right away, bringing with them thoughts of grey-scale sketches and vibrant paintings. Those may very well be the most common, certainly the most readily available. But that is only the beginning, especially for those who are willing to put in a little more time and effort, to delve deeper and discover other potential and other possibilities.

You can find more just by taking a walk through a craft store or searching the Internet, for each hobby there is another. The list is staggering, even among those that are common, there are still dozens if not hundreds, far to many to name individually.

But for the unconventional, there are many, many more. For someone with an open mind and a little free time, there are no limits. The worn brick wall. The bare ceiling. The untouched backyard. With a little work, and certainly some  effort, each can be turned into a masterpiece.

You can work anything to turn it into a piece of art, anything that you can set your hands on, helping to add another extra little detail and helping to brighten your day – and maybe someone else’s too. Art isn’t just for museums after all. It isn’t something to only be appreciated in your leisure with a fine wine at some fancy presentation.

Think back to when you were a child, back when the side-walk held so much potential, stretching on for miles untold and those chalk drawings were absolute masterpieces in the making.

When you get right down to it, anything can be a canvas, waiting for you to work it. Anything. Any place you can find inspiration, any where there is a place big enough to work, any where that you may find yourself, there is a blank canvas just waiting for you to make your mark and leave an impression, maybe even bring a smile to someones face in the process. The potential is untold. You just have to get out there and give it a try.

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