Viewing the Day as a Blank Canvas

Sally Schneider

Every morning when we open our office for work, we take a minute to look at this image taped on the wall, of artist Lucio Fontana approaching a blank canvas. We never tire of it.

That canvas for us can mean a project, or a new path or simply the day…full of possibility.

We admire Fontana’s courage, forthrightly walking up to a blank canvas to make the first mark that will determine the ones to come.


The image is a kind of fuel, and a reminder to have courage and START…

Begin anywhere.

We know that once we do, any fear will recede and ideas will come to meet us. Gary Snyder described this very amazing and mysterious process in “How Poetry Comes to Me“*

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays
Frightened outside the
Range of my campfire
I go to meet it at the
Edge of the light” 


We take heart in the idea that each day, each moment, is a blank canvas…with many ways to make a mark…

Ugo Mulas

Ugo Mulas


*The Gary Snyder Reader: Prose, Poetry, and Translations

5 Responses to Viewing the Day as a Blank Canvas

  1. ellen rocco 08.09.2018 at 7:36am #

    Wonderful. I am going to try to remember this at 3 in the morning when all I can think of is the very full canvas left over from yesterday!

  2. Sally Schneider 08.10.2018 at 7:55am #

    Yes, there’s always so much undone.
    But starting totally fresh, imagining spaciousness and possibility is lovely and heartening first thing.

  3. Jo 08.19.2018 at 6:30am #

    Thank you for this!
    I need a copy of this near my desk as a constant reminder.

  4. Diego Lopes 08.20.2018 at 8:10am #

    So gorgeous and artistic. It was really inspiring to see this post, thanks!

  5. Sally Schneider 08.20.2018 at 11:47am #

    I can’t tell you how powerful that photo has been, and continues to be. A big fat much-needed

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