Your Next Masterpiece

What is it like to see the world

Through the eyes of a famous painter?

Suppose you are Monet or Van Gogh

Or Rembrandt or Picasso.


For the next fifteen minutes

Look at every scene passing in front of your eyes

As the frame for your next masterpiece.

Can you see twenty-five different paintings

In the same simple country haystack?


Look at the rich array of details that emerge

From scenes you didn’t even notice before.

How vivid do the colors become 

Or even the countless colorless subtle shades of grey

When you need to match them to your palette?


How infinitely fascinating is any scene

When you need to interpret

Every line and shape and texture and nuance

With your charcol or brush?


How convincingly does this reflect

The startling infinite fascinating wonder

Of the workaday universe itself?

~ by Bob Weisenberg on October 12, 2009.

6 Responses to “Your Next Masterpiece”

  1. Reminds me of something I wrote in a notebook earlier today, but can’t seem to fit into the blog post I’m working on: every moment is a poem…

  2. Yes, I originally was going to go on to “What is is like to see the world through the eyes of a famous novelist. Imagine you are Faulkner.” etc. But it would be too predictable to be interesting, at least in the same poem.

  3. It’s interesting that you wrote this, because yesterday I was sitting in a new city, people watching from a cafe window. At first I saw the people through very “trained” eyes of judgment. Then I switched gears and said, “Every person you see is a ball of energy, Megan, put here by God.” The whole canvas changed. It wasn’t as masterful as what you wrote here, but it allowed me to view life through a different set of eyes…
    What a fabulous concept!

  4. Great example, Megan. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. I love this way of shifting perspective…that is indeed what any artist does, whether he/she is a painter, photographer, musician, actor, writer, dancer, yogini or meditator…we witness each moment, each person, each circumstance with fresh senses so that our response/expression is authentic.


  6. Thanks, Laura. Glad you enjoyed this.

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