If you have a cat or many cats as we have had, you know they are defined by curiosity, can be clever, amusing and sometimes downright frustrating! Dogs are really human-centric, but cats simply tolerate humans. They are busy investigating!
“What are you doing, why are you here, what do you want?” These are some of the questions I want to raise in the viewer’s mind when looking at this painting.
“Curiosity may have killed the cat” as the saying goes, but the inquisitive, investigative mind is apparently great for humans. Why?
1. Curiosity causes wonder! Wonder is a child-like state that asks, dreams and delights. When we wonder, we lose a sense of time, space, circumstance. Driving, running, painting, walking, playing an instrument all induce a state of relaxation because it suspends the dance of life. That’s why sitting on the front porch or on the back deck will always be a timeless activity. Wondering about nature and in my case, thinking about the Author of Creation brings an endless amount of questions and a desire to learn more.
2. Curiosity is a trait that demands that we explore! So, conversely, curiosity can cause discomfort. My wonderful husband is always asking why. I like that about him but sometimes the why takes a long time to think through, to answer, to find meaning and understanding. My get-it-done mentality causes me to push the whys, the wonder, away, naturally to my own detriment.
3. Curiosity causes anxiety! That’s why we like a good story, an exciting movie. It’s good to cultivate an eager state of not knowing. We become stronger, wiser. Whenever I ask myself a question such as, “I wonder what will happen if I add watercolor to this painting,” or I sketch a composition that differs from the photograph, I cause problems, but I’m better for them. Asking why am I here, what am I created for, what’s my purpose, these are unsettling questions that are easily pushed away with an opiate dose of tv.
A life without curiosity is flat, sluggish, dull and safe. So let your “inner kitty” spring into action this week! My challenge for you is to seek some opportunities to stretch your curiosity! If you have any curious ideas about curiosity, please comment below.