The accidental artist – part one (or making day while we can)

By sitting somewhere and sketching something, I was forced to really look at it […] a means of experiencing a place or a moment more deeply.*
(Robert Ebert)

Trickster is the great shape-shifter, which I take to mean not so much that he shifts the shape of his own body but that, given the materials of this world, he demonstrates the degree to which the way we have shaped them may be altered. He makes the world and then he plays with its materials.**
(Lewis Hyde)

A psalmist imagines God to be the rising sun, making the day, calling a new day into being:

The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.^

We receive the day with a number of things largely outside of our control – the weather, number of hours, our relational and work schedules, but there’s an awful lot of empty space in-between these for us to play as makers of our days:

The sanctification of the local landscape is a fundamental function of mythology.^^

I snatch Joseph Campbell’s words for sanctifying our days with personal and social myths – the things we get to add to all that weather, time and scheduling.

Or how about this from Joseph Bueys:

Everyone an artist.*^

Reflecting on these words, Rebecca Solnit shares:

I used to think he meant that he though everyone an artist, but now I wonder if he wasn’t speaking to a more basic possibility; that everyone could become a participant rather than a member of the audience.^*

You’re already invited to be a maker of this day.

(*Robert Ebert, quoted in Austin Kleon’s Keep Going.)
(**From Lewis Hyde’s Trickster makes This World.)
(^Psalm 50:1-2.
(^^From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)
(*^Joseph Buys from Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust.)
(^*From Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust.)

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