When you are working with watercolor, the center of your universe is your water bowl. It provides the foundation for all your interactions with the paint. Every tool you utilize eventually ends up somewhere around your water. How you handle the water, play with it, spread it, wash it, blend it makes your art your own. Learning to work with the water instead of fighting it can make all the difference in what you are able to accomplish.
If you look at your life, there is something you have put at the center. It may be a place, a person, an activity, a belief, or some combination of all of those things. Everyone has something at the center of what they do. The question is, do you know what is your center and why? Have you made a conscious choice for that to be your center, or has it happened by default? Have your choices made something your center, or did you choose your center then build your world around it? Either way, if you look closely you will see it.
If you are not sure, then check your calendar. Where you spend most of your time and energy is your center. For a lot of people that is work. Do you live for work or work to live? Might sound like a simple question, one we all must face at different times in our lives. It is a question you need to face, because those around you know where you spend your time…and if it is not with them, they may not stick around. Maybe your center is your activities, or your children’s activities? You fill your days going, doing, attending, being at some event or function. That’s cool, as long as you feel like you have a life not just a calendar of events. Or maybe your center is your church or community group? Your center may be where you spend most of your time.
It is also possible that your center is where you spend your money. If you look into your back account, where does it all go? Are there patterns of things that absorb all your funds? Are you working longer and harder to pay things off? So debt has become your center? Or do you donate to multiple groups and giving is your spending focus? Or maybe spending on travel, or providing for your family? Or saving for the future? If you look into how you spend your time and how you spend your money, you will see what is important to you.
Like the artist’s water bowl, eventually everything in your world will revolve or be located near your center. We each have limited resources and choices to make about how we spend those resources. Where we focus is our center. Maybe it is time to reflect and understand where you center lies…and if you don’t like it, rearrange your workspace and make what is really important to you the REAL focus of your world.