“It is so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.” Paul Cezanne
Every artist and creative person understands Paul Cezanne’s quote about the blank canvas. What can I paint? What does my artwork say? How can I explore this subject in a way that feels new and fresh to me? These questions can be asked by any creative person: writer, dancer, poet, chef, musician, weaver, photographer, etc.
The creative block in the quote does not necessarily relate only to canvas. The month of January has been a challenging blank canvas for me. The art classes I am teaching start in a couple weeks and I did not want my classes to be the same as they were before. All month I poured over previous lessons, new art books and supplies in fierce determination to make my classes even better.
Last night at 8:30 p.m., I felt like I accomplished my goal for all of the classes. I think my students will learn new and interesting techniques, try new art supplies, and learn fun facts. But I couldn’t have gotten to that point without facing my blank canvas.
To all artists and creatives feeling the challenge of the blank canvas, you will make it through. It is only through facing our blank canvas moments that we become stronger, better artists.