Life Is A Canvas

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.

Danny Kaye

My friend, Jason Marchi has this has a tagline, a signature at the end of his emails.  It reminds me of another quote he introduced to me through Ray Bradbury:
Writing a rough draft is like throwing up on a page.

Jason and I have known each other for over twenty years, having first met during an eight week writer’s workshop in 1989.  We’ve been friends ever since.

Being a writer first; ALWAYS, I clearly resonate with Bradbury’s quote.  When I was writing fiction, several years ago I spent six weeks writing a first draft novel.  I wrote ten pages a day, and it was just like the Bradbury quote.

It REALLY was like throwing up on a page.  The words and thoughts literally poured out of me.  There were times when I was writing where I didn’t even know what was coming out of my fingers as I typed.  I was in the flow.  That’s such an amazing place to be and I was talking to Jason about this the other day telling him that I FINALLY have that feeling back now that I’m writing my blog.  It is so gratifying to have that feeling return to me.

However, being the optimist that I am I can’t help but also connect with Danny Kaye’s quote.

Life IS a great big canvas. We must throw all the paint we can.  What other way is there to live your life?

How do you know what will stick unless we do everything?
How do you we know what to do with our lives unless we experiment?
How do we know what works and what doesn’t unless we use the scientific method?

The answer is we don’t.

Go out there.
Do your thing.
Find your gift.

And when you’ve discovered your gift, keep exploring.  Remember my last column:
We All Have More Time
where I spoke of Grandma Moses?  I’m sure she thought she found her own gift long before she discovered she was supposed to be an artist.

Don’t give up if you haven’t found your calling yet.  Keep throwing that paint.  Be like one of my favorite artists, Pollock.  Throw as much paint as possible.  Something will stick and you’ll look back at your canvas and say much like my friend at Sea Green Natural did:
Holy cow!  It was in front of me this whole time.

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.



4 responses to “Life Is A Canvas

  1. Love the imagery of the canvas and paint, Chris. Marvelous! Yes, we should live life to the fullest.

  2. Hi Chris, I’m enjoying your blog! I subscribed via email and found that we’re actually already connected on Google Plus. You may also be a member of my Authentic Blogger Group on FB (if not, I’ll include the link here & extend an invitation – come join us!).

    Now to address this post of yours – I’ve been a writer since my very earliest memories. I was obsessed with learning to read and write at a very young age, and both came very easily to me. So easily that for a good part of my younger years, it didn’t occur to me to make a living with this gift. It was just one of those things I did effortlessly that many found fascinating. I finally turned a corner about 16 years ago & now am a freelance writer/editor/blogger & it is that place of bliss for me. It is also in this manner that I give back, by sharing my own thoughts on those tricky issues, those mysterious topics, those spiritual concepts and more that offer me a chance to touch other minds and hearts.

    Freelancing is a challenging life, but blogging…this is for my writer’s heart and spirit. I am smiling to see a kindred mind in you here and I look forward to learning and reading more.



    P.S. Authentic Blogger FB Group link:

  3. I’m having a bit of a problem getting WP to allow me to comment w/ my blogger ID – let’s see if it works this time!

    I just subscribed to your blog via email & also found that we’re already connected via Google Plus. You may also be a member of my Authentic Blogger Group on FB (if not, I’ll include the link below).

    Now, to respond to your post here, I have been a writer from my earliest memories. I learned to read and write at a surprisingly young age and both have been a joyful thing my whole life. It took me quite a bit of time through my younger years to finally realize this is one of the things I was meant to do as a career, and these days I work as a freelance writer, editor, blogger & social media manager. This gift of words…of writing…it is how I make a difference in the world, by being transparent with my own experiences and writing them out to share with others. The freelancing side of writing is an enjoyable, albeit challenging, manner to make a living. Blogging, however, is my writerly bliss where I write from and for my heart, with the intention to touch other hearts. On good days, I connect with fascinating people like you. I look forward to getting to know you and your writing better.


    P.S. Authentic Blogger link:

    • Hi Dawn:
      Funny you mention that you’re having a challenge commenting. I could NOT complete the comment process at your blog this morning either using my WP credentials. Had to use my google sign in.

      Thanks for stopping by


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