Possibility Grows Here

I’ve been working on a commissioned drawing for a wedding gift, and the lovely lady who requested it brought me thoughts of the lotus flower. This morning when I sat down to draw, that lotus was there waiting to come out in another way:

“Possibility Grows Here,” 5 x 7 inches, pen and ink, print available in my shop (find it in this section)

This drawing is really less about any particular flower and more about the idea that beautiful possibilities are growing everywhere, even where you least expect them. I find that sometimes when I hit a roadblock one way, if I’m open to it, another possibility springs up. Of course, I also was indulging my art-love-brain, and I love love love the rich black house against the white flower here. I also love taking the black metaphor a step further—at first sight, the black may seem like (negative) darkness, but you can also think of it as earth, a place to grow, the place where ideas come from (the darkness inside your head)—the place where things germinate. I’ve always loved this idea.

Coming back around though, the lotus is perhaps the best flower for this job—I love the metaphors behind it—something beautiful growing up out of the mud—a sudden shock of bloom hovering on the surface of dark water.

As happens so often, I find myself drawing (and writing) about how I want to live—I would like to always see the possibilities, and maybe even be the possibilities. We spend so much time cursing circumstances, and other people, and “society” and “the big bad world.” I’m trying to learn that you can choose how you want to be, and create the life you want. To take it a step further—maybe the life that you want is already here—maybe it’s more about what’s going on inside you than outside of you. Now there’s a thought.

{I will confess that I’m in the process of reading the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, that talks about exactly these things. It’s an amazing book so far. While the title may sound very self-helpy, it’s a really philosophical book about living by your deepest principles. I highly recommend it!}

5 Responses to “Possibility Grows Here”

  1. 1 Michelle, When I Grow Up Coach April 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Love the print & the perspective behind it. How you turned the “negative” part of the drawing on it’s head is awesome, Nicole. Keep up the fantabulous work!

  2. 2 artproject2010 April 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Hey lady! I finally realized the simple joy of the subscribe button, so now I’ll be commenting much more timely. Great stuff!

  3. 3 Kerri April 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Nicole, this is gorgeous! The lotus flower is one of my favourites! I love the contrast of dark and light. And I’ve always meant to read that book! I’m pretty sure my Dad has it, I must borrow it.

  4. 4 cirklagirl May 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    This is cool. So simple and fun looking!

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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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and then be ready for what will
come pouring from the spring."

{from "Joy at Sudden Disappointment"
translated by C. Barks.}

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