The Magic in the Mundane

“The maker is too close to his product. He sees in his methods only the ordinary. He does not realize that the world at large might marvel at those methods, and that facts which seem commonplace to him might give him vast distinction.”  – Claude Hopkins

“To see the world in a grain of sand, and Heaven in a wild flower…” – William Blake

girl with magical expression

What greater wealth than the ability to see the magic in the mundane?

Claude Hopkins, one of the great advertising whizzes of the early 20th century, did this in spades. Hopkins’ campaigns regularly turned little-known brands – like Quaker Oats,  Goodyear Tires, and Pepsodent – into household names, making millions in the process. How? Very often, by calling attention to things that others considered too ordinary to point out.

Poets and artists turn everyday experiences into another kind of wealth, food for mind and spirit.

And the greatest alchemists of all are most often overlooked – because they’re underfoot. Children are pure potential, and capable of nearly anything (as long as no one tells them they can’t.)

Look at a snowflake, or a sprouting seed, or a newborn baby. Are these things not as magical as they are mundane?

What would happen to your life if you began to honor the magic that exists in it?

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Watercolor and the Art of Life

People think watercolor is difficult.

“You can’t control it,” they say.

And, “It’s so unforgiving!”

“You just need to learn its secrets,” I tell them. “When you do, your watercolors will take wing all on their own.”

Goshawk watercolor painting
“Goshawk in flight,” watercolor sketch 11″x 11″. Click on the bird to read about its symbolic meaning!

Here are the secrets of watercolor:

1. You don’t paint with watercolor. You set it up for success. You create the framework. Then, all you have to do is encourage the water to follow the framework. The water does the painting for you.

2. Watercolor isn’t unforgiving. You can lift it, scrub it, paint over it. Or just turn over a new leaf of paper and start over. The only thing that’s not forgiving is our rigid vision of perfection.

Doesn’t it sound a lot like life?

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