Putting Up More Canvas

Yesterday on NPR, they were interviewing Christopher Buckley, son of William H., who has written a book about the death of his parents. The book is called “Losing Mum and Pup.”

He said of his father: “He was always putting up more canvas.” It was a sailing metaphor. No matter how bad the coming squall, Buckley never trimmed his sails, was always busy putting up more sail, planning to go somewhere on the big wind.

This is how I want to live my life, especially my art life. To me, it means being a little audacious and refusing the sit back and relax. I’m going to try to put up more canvas every day from now on. That means bigger canvases, pushing toward a more personal vision and mostly giving it my all.

Here’s a link to the interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103456642.

By Joanne

Joanne Taeuffer is an expressive painter. She lives in the Berkeley Hills and Healdsburg, CA, with her husband and their black cats, Oscar Wild and Percy.

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