The Beauty of a Blank Page

29 December, 2009

Is there anything more beautiful than a blank page?

blank page

All great masterpieces have started with a blank page or canvas. Just meditate on that thought for a moment. It’s a pretty phenomenal, scary, and intensely exciting prospect, isn’t it? With a blank page, there are so many possibilities and perhaps that’s why, at this time of year, I always become completely elated when I think about the blank calendar I have for the next year. What will I fill it with? What kind of story will fill my journal? What great novel will I write? What beautiful photograph will I publish?

There are so many questions with infinite numbers of answers. The vastness of possibility is exciting, astounding, and sometimes dumb-founding. So how do I get over the intense fear of my craft not competing with the possibility? I don’t. In short, it’s an exercise in meditation. I don’t let that blank page stare me down, for, if I look at it too long, the divinity of creation becomes too much and I am paralyzed. Instead, I focus not on the product, but the process of creation. I look at my art, my writing, my journal as a work in progress.

I make mistakes. I stumble and fall. I am imperfect, as are my creations. My works of art are never as perfect or as beautiful, as pure as the blank page. But I don’t strive for perfection, I strive for creation. And in the process of creation lies life itself, messy and terrible and imperfect and beautiful.

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  • Reply SarahNo Gravatar 29 December, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    So, so lovely!!!

    • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 29 December, 2009 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you. I love this time of year: everything’s new and has promise.

  • Reply ShelNo Gravatar 29 December, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Very well put! An instructor of mine always said the best thing about art is tearing it apart and starting all over, letting the mess become the piece.

    • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 29 December, 2009 at 9:06 pm

      You’ve got it, Shel. That’s it exactly.

  • Reply AngeNo Gravatar 30 December, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I like what you’ve written about “striving for creation, and not perfection”. I love the pureness of a blank page too!

    • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 30 December, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks, Ange. It’s all about the process, about taking nothing and making into something. It’s about imagination and possibility and what can be, not what you wish it were. šŸ˜‰

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