This is now. Now is,
all there is. Don't wait for Then;strike the spark,
light the fire.
I found the above words in a draft from many months ago, which made me think of Robert Henri and his wonderful book, The Art Spirit. In a letter to a class he stressed the value of studying beginnings of drawing. This notion has intrigued me. Tonight I was unclear how to begin my practice. Thinking of Henri I decided that perhaps I could make my own study of beginning a piece. Then I thought I could begin three pieces.
I took my copy of Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns and began flipping through the pages. Just as I was prepared to put this down, I saw Scale 21 C D E F F# G# A# B C. No idea what to do with this. I ran through the scale a few times in one octave, and then found a chord based on C in fourths and was off and running. I worked with this for 40 minutes and took a break. During this time I decided that this scale could be my "model" for the coming days, and I would create two beginnings. Then as Henri suggested to his students, I will alternate between the two 'pieces' and see how they develop. Letting go of the idea of three pieces and focusing on working in a different way.
Something about this challenge is thrilling and also frightening. Let the fun begin. Now ...