The empty canvas


He wondered. Art begins with an empty canvas. But can an empty canvas itself be art? When people can see cats and dogs in clouds; the rainbow in oil; what would they see in an empty canvas?

Some saw his audacity, some his foolishness. Some though seemed to find meaning.

Word count: 50

Microfiction in response to Weekend Writing Prompt hosted by Sammi Cox.

Prose Challenge – Write a 50 word story inspired by the image above.  What is it? A blank screen edged in static? A chalkboard with no writing on it?  The strange view out of a window, perhaps from a spaceship?  You tell us.

Bonus point for including any of the following words: emptiness, void, or abyss.

14 thoughts on “The empty canvas

  1. Hey Fluid Phrase,

    Well now your entry for Sammi’s Challenge had me intellectually flexing every which way pondering the nature of art, but I concluded that either black or white the canvas itself is dormant and neutral, yet possesses potential and possibility when conjoined in symbiotic relationship with the artist. Staring at her blank canvas is then staring into the eyes of infinity and the imagination there-in unbounded.

    Thank you for the poem. I look forward to catching up next weekend and reading more of your work.

    Until then, enjoy a wonderful week. Take care in all ways.

    Namaste 🙂


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    1. Hi DN,
      Thank you for taking the time to read, ponder, intellectually flex and then comment. 🙂
      Sammi’s prompt was remarkable this time. I too concur your thoughts. Though a canvas is just a medium, it can spur us to consider beauty in the plain. For seekers, who strive to find beauty in the every day, the day they can “see” beauty in a blank canvas, they have truly come of age. For the other mortals (myself included), it allows us the freedom to imagine. It represents the infinite possibilities of art.

      See you next week DN. Take care.


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