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The Canvas

April 3, 2010

She stared at the blank canvas before her.  Brush clutched tightly in her fist.  The longer she gazed, the more unfocused her eyes became.  A swirl of color slowly danced across her vision.  Then another.

Soon, a kaleidoscope of images twirled across the canvas.  A vision not of shapes and structure but of light and shadow, tints and shades.  She closed her eyes and the movement stopped.  A snap shot of the violent ballet frozen in her mind’s eye.

She held on to the vision breathing it in, feeling the image resonate inside her.  A smile curved her lips as she exhaled.  The brush moved of it’s own accord following the unseen steps of the choreography so vividly displayed but a moment ago.  Strong strokes- broad and bold.  Delicate lines and graceful bands.  Each added for just the right balance.

She moved without method.  A furious blur of motions until at long last the brush clattered to the floor.  Her hand shaking by her side.  Breaths heaving in her lungs.  Heart pounding in her chest.

A triumphant smile burned across her face as she beheld her creation.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2010 9:48 AM

    Gosh, that’s seriously how I feel when I’ve had a great day writing! Well done!

    • April 4, 2010 11:39 AM

      Thanks Angela! I think it’s a common feeling for artists of any medium.

  2. April 5, 2010 5:56 PM

    I love it. So inspiring.

  3. DianeG permalink
    April 6, 2010 5:24 PM

    Enjoyed it. Would have liked more details re – colour since it’s a painting.

  4. Rocio Castellanos permalink
    April 8, 2010 5:08 PM

    What emotions. Felt inspired.

  5. Misty permalink
    November 18, 2010 1:18 PM

    Beautiful and inspirational! 🙂

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  7. April 3, 2011 12:02 PM

    So I’m a year late reading this. (Just saw your “Blogaversary” tweet.) This is a great first post to look back on. I agree with your comment above; I think any artist can relate to that feeling – so well captured. 🙂

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