Going on vacation, just as I have started to putz around again with paints and galkyd, new canvases and fresh ideas is just a bit upsetting. I’ll take the sketch pad and my mat, but I know from experience that the mat will stay rolled up and the sketch pad will contain lots of surreptitious drawings of bodies like the one I found in an old sketch book as I was packing up for the trip.
I remember this day well. It was incredibly hot and the kids, who were young, were whiny. The sun was harsh and created so little contrast. Most people in their right minds had left the beach, except for these women. What drew me to this pair was the big toes stretching to the sky.
Funny how I am still drawn to feet and hands, especially in my yoga teaching and in my own practice. Grounding all four corners of the feet, all the knuckles of the hands into the mat lock us into the earth where we are supported and from where we can breathe and balance. The hands channel energy from the earth to lift and fly into arm balances.
So, as I leave my “work” with my recovering creativity, I will remember to that it isn’t where I’m drawing — it is what I am drawn to drawing. To watch for toes stretching to the sun or any other thing that catches my imagination.
“Whatever your eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the mind works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go.” ― Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd