Words about contentment inspired this series that celebrates ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Join me in the comments and share what you've done with what you have!
A blank wall, a wire panel, pink clematis. Vine aside, a blank wall here and a wire panel there are so uninspiring that, at worst, we might pass them by without a second glance; at best, we might interpret them for what they literally are: the wall, blank; the wire panel, junk. Ho-hum.
But what if a random, unexpected shape was cut from that plain rectangle panel? What if that panel was hung on the blank wall like a piece of iron sculpture? And what if the pink clematis climbed through it in it's wonderful, wild way?
The slightest shift in the way we see brings beauty we could have never expected.
So it was for me when I first saw this image several years ago. The unusual simplicity of it grabbed me instantly. I pinned it without hesitation, not knowing when or how the idea might emerge down the road for me.
Jump to spring 2017, when everything is green and the pasture grass is not yet long. There, on a random walk beyond the creek, I found a wire panel, lying there for the taking. How could I have not seen this before? Was it always there and just hidden by summer's tall grass? I'll never know. What mattered was that I'd found it. Immediately, my mind raced back to this photo, and to the blank shed wall where our picnic table sits. Instead of white plaster, the shed wall is weathered gray wood. Instead of pink clematis, I'll choose deep purple. Instead of a dainty bistro set, ours is a ten foot long wooden picnic table. A twist in interpretation, but just as inspired as the original.
Do what you can with what you have.