Initium, (Latin for Beginning)
Each canvas is a new beginning. Standing before the pristine stretched cotton I feel a sense of anticipation. Within is a deep desire to elevate the work; to see and create something new, engaging, that exceeds previous accomplishments. This drive is perhaps never more powerful than after failure. Perhaps it was a single fateful decision or it may have been many that led the work to an unfortunate conclusion: whatever the reason, by my judgement it failed. So I reflect on previous work, both good and bad and I face the next canvas with greater understanding.
In life as in art we acknowledge failure in order to move forward. Failure is our tutor. By understanding failure we hope not to repeat it. We've had much to reflect on over the past months as we consider how we relate to one another. We are broken in many ways which affect ourselves and others. I believe we long for wholeness and we long for a society that is well and whole. We desire to be a part of something that is better than what we've previously known. So we move forward in hope, wiser through reflection and we begin again.
I do not have the power or wisdom to initiate these changes on my own but I turn to the One who is able to make all things new.
"I lift my eyes to the hills, From where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2