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Thwarting the Stalemate

November 30, 2012

The word ‘stalemate’ is defined as:  A position counting as a draw, in which a player is not in check but cannot move except into check.

Seems to me that this definition pretty much describes my current position with respect to my craft – painting.  It is not that the painting is stalled, au contraire, I haven’t painted this much in my life.  However, the process has become stalled.  At least in my own mind.

The mind is a very powerful computer that has been ‘programmed’ for many a year.  Each and every day the internal programs are updated and tweaked – tweaked to the point of exhaustion, often leaving the keeper of that mind, dazed and confused.  This mind, largely resembling the hard drive, periodically needs a good defrag to keep running optimally.  The painting process itself can be considered a great tool for the defrag.  Problems arise however, when the process is stalled.  Existing periodically is a perceived opportunity to thwart this stalemate.

Ever felt as though you are standing on a precipice from which, if one step is taken, one’s life will forever change?  There is a desire to let go, take the free fall, see where it takes you but the rational mind (those internal programs) often causes a stall.  This type of opportunity is given to each of us many times in our lives.  Those of us that are brave enough to choose the ‘free fall’ live lives that the rest of us envy.

So, at this moment in time, my brush is choosing to ‘let go’, discover new strokes and perhaps a new palette, while my mind is directing that brush to maintain the status quo.  I am in a position counting as a draw.

I wonder how brave I will become?  How brave will you be?

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 3, 2012 3:27 am

    Sounds exciting and scary all at the same time. Good luck in taking the next steps… wherever they may take you!

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