The blank canvas can intimidate; it can also excite. The off-white page invites me to explore color and shade. What color do I start with? Do I paint all the white spaces…or leave some borders or holes? Do I paint deep purple or light shades? Or a combination?


Paint brushes filled with water can glide on the page. Filled with intense color, the brush moves slowly. Do I want the strong concentrated green? Or do I dabble water over the forest green to create a light sea green? Or how about a mixture of both shades and tones in between?


The white space between the colors intrigues me. What does it symbolize? Is it there “just because”? Possibly.


I play with the colors and the water…and enjoy the painting process!

Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5776 (2015)-Leah Henkin