Control . . . or the Lack Thereof



Releasing Control
So, as I mentioned in my last post, (here) I was reminded again, during my recent illness that I am NOT in control.

And I’m learning that through painting as well.


It’s like riding a horse, for me. You can NOT choose where the horse puts his feet, but you can choose the general direction in which he will go. As your skill improves, and your horse’s skill improves and the level of connection/communication between the two of you grows, you can be more accurate together.

I have NO skill as an artist. And thus, NO control!

But it’s fun to just watch it go, and experiment, and play and see what will happen with the results.

I like learning techniques, and when I like the results I’m seeing, I give it its head, so to speak and let it go forward as fast as it wants to go!

But when I don’t like what I see, I rein it in a bit, and redirect it onto a different course.

I can’t choose exactly what’s going to happen, or how it will turn out, but I can nudge it in the general direction I want it to go.


And learning that even when I don’t have very much control, I can love the results, is amazing.  In fact, learning that if I HAD controlled it, I wouldn’t have liked the results as much, may be life changing!

And good for a big ol’ control freak like me.

Loving this, and loving learning.

Happy days!

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