As I continue to paint and study, I recognize that examples I once felt were fine have nothing of value for me. My vision has sharpened, and I can now distinguish between those icons that are of average skill, and those that are truly extraordinary. I have learned to discern, and so it is time for housekeeping. Boards on Pinterest containing a few thousand examples have been whittled down by perhaps half. I am still a beginner. Not so arrogant as to believe that three or even five years of painting will move me much beyond that point as far as skill. But, I am developing an eye, and I can recognize those examples which have something of value to teach me, and those I have outgrown. It is this way with the people we surround ourselves with as well. Friends, teachers, sometimes family members. In science the law is “water seeks its own level.” Or, a psychologist would say “like attracts like.” Some people find a comfortable spot in life, plop themselves down and are content forever there to stay. Others, those who seek to “know themselves” as Plato first counseled, seek continual refinement-direction-redirection-correction…whatever may be required. They circle back, recheck, sometimes take an alternate path. The spiral path. Thinking people have known this secret for 10,000 years, maybe more. The spiral has been found within the artwork of all cultures throughout all of time. It is almost as if it has been programmed into us. Round and round, ever onward, ever upward. It’s everywhere. Centrifugal force which flings you further away from the comfort zone of your center the faster you are able to go, to explore newness. I want to keep learning, keep along the spiral path, circle back and release the heaviness that no longer serves me. I have learned the discernment necessary for this part of the journey. And round and round I go.
” We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time.”
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