A couple months ago I was taking a Saturday drawing class. Our teacher brought live animals to the classroom, new ones each week.
We started with bugs, then lizards, and worked our way up to cats, dogs, birds, and then dinosaurs.
Given the limited availability of live dinosaurs in our area, we trekked over to the Redpath museum on the McGill campus, which has a few dino skeletons in its collection.
A little sidenote -I am now enraptured with this museum and its display so much like a cabinet of curiosities, and its delightful seafoam green ceiling. Wish I could live there.
Anyway, back to the dinosaurs. I chose to draw the Gorgosauraus, which looks like a small T-Rex. I took care to memorize the name, writing it in my sketchbook next to my sketches.
I’ll tell you what I did remember, though. I flipped through to the editorial and who should be staring back at me creepily from behind the models posing in a museum? My Gorgosaurus. My eyes snapped so quickly to the photo caption: blah blah blah Givenchy blah blah Gucci blah blah blahGorgosaurus. Like it was illuminated or something.
This is what I mean. You know what I’m talking about? I’m sure it happens to you all the time. ( Or maybe it doesn't and I am just sounding like a total flakazoid ).
You can’t plan it, it just happens. I never would have thought to look in a fashion magazine to come across this dinosaur again, but it just sort of came up and now I will never forget the name of this creature. Not sure how useful that is but whatever.
There is a great scene in the movie I Heart Huckabees where Dustin Hoffman (he’s so silly!) talks about it, kind of.
He calls it the Blanket Truth, and that we have to look out for it in the everyday little things, in order to see the big picture…
So I chose to just focus on the Gorgosaurus’ feet, really enjoying the tension of weight and weightlessness concentrated there. I mean all that mass, balanced on just three springy toes!
And just to be more present and enjoy these surprises, these little joys of being alive, I’ve started writing down my blanket truth moments. Just for fun.
Here’s a few:
Each one has a little story. Each one made my day just a little more interesting. The best part is that I have no control over them; they’re just little surprises out of nowhere. I won’t pretend to know what it means, but it makes life a bit more fun, no?
I’ll leave you with the quote from Dustin Hoffman’s character. Gosh whenever I think of him I giggle.
‘Once you get the blanket thing you can relax because everything you could ever want or be you already have and are.'
Whoaaa man. Flakazoid.
I do love hearing from you, so why not tell me a story in the comments of a time you had a blanket truth moment?
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Have an amazing Thursday!