Seeking, Finding and Discovery – Day 38

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 38 of the 365 Days Project is by Destry Sparks.]

Pallet Painting by Destry Sparks
“Pallet Painting No. 2” by Destry Sparks. Photo courtesy ©Destry Sparks.

Finding does not necessarily require Seeking.

#38 – Artists who know the difference between Seeking and Finding understand the art of Discovery.

There are two paths to Discovery. One path is by Seeking which follows a logical sequence of trial-and-error towards a desired result. Seeking usually delivers the expected outcome – or sometimes no outcome at all.

The Artist’s way of Finding usually takes over when all seeking efforts have failed, or when an unexpected mistake throws us off the path. The minute we let go of expectations and stop looking for “something” is the precise moment when Discovery arrives from an unexpected source – and it’s usually beyond our wildest dreams.

This isn’t about “getting what you want.” It’s about opening up to the unlimited realm of Discovery. I sometimes start out Seeking because that takes me out of my comfort zone and readies a space for something new. But I have to get out of the way or I will only receive at the level I am seeking.

Most often, however, Finding happens when I’m on the way to something else. And that’s when the art gets interesting.

“I do not seek. I find.”
Pablo Picasso

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

“I think ninety-nine times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”
Albert Einstein

Mixed media painting by Destry Sparks
“Mysticism and Mortality” by Destry Sparks. Photo courtesy ©Destry Sparks.

Destry Sparks’ artwork can be viewed at: Destry Sparks

Description of the images included in this post:
Pallet Painting No. 2
Destry Sparks, North Carolina
Mixed media

Mysticism and Mortality
Destry Sparks, North Carolina
A collection of very worn found objects attached to a window screen. Acrylic paint applied to the wire mesh around the objects.

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