Devilish Questions

IMG_4469When the flush of a newborn sun fell first on Eden’s green and gold,                         Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mold;           And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart,       Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves: “It’s pretty, but is it Art?”

— Rudyard Kipling, The Conundrum of the Workshops 

When my children were small, I loved to watch them draw; minds and bodies completely focused on the magic unfolding before them.  My daughter, especially, would often pause after adding a new line to a drawing, her face beaming with overwhelming joy.  She heard no whispering behind the leaves.

I keep a picture (above) that she did many years ago on the wall in my shop.  It is a reminder to revel in the creative experience.  Savor the moment and the joy. Listen to the music of the gouge slicing through the wood, deaf to devilish questions.

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4 Responses to Devilish Questions

  1. Amy says:

    Yes. Thanks for this today. As ever, I am struck by the timeliness and encouragement of well-placed words.


  2. Adam Peterson says:

    Marvelous David!


  3. Djamel Hassaine says:

    Thats a nice post.


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