Life is a multidimensional phenomenon. There are numerous angles from which life can be observed and analyzed and of course the most useful one is to live it. Meanwhile, if we analyse it symbolically, life is a perfect reflection of a canvas. A canvas which is painted upon by the painter which is the one who lives life.
A drawing or a painting at a canvas depends on the artist, whether he/she produces a masterpiece or just a set of black and white scattered lines, and that is what decides whether the painting will be hanged in an art gallery or will it end up in the garbage can. In the similar fashion, life is also in the hands of the one who spends it which ultimately decides the fate of life whether the name of its spender will be there in the hall of fame or in the hall of shame.
The way the artist sets the canvas board according to his/her ease reflects the basic ideology of the spender of life. If the artist is not comfortable on the canvas while painting he/she either changes the position of the body or changes the orientation of the canvas board. Same is the case with life, it all depends on how we see life. We have to find that point of view from where we are comfortable in the way we spend our life, whether we adjust ourselves or change our lives accordingly. This is fundamental to a beautiful painting and a peaceful life.
The colour selection of the artist mirrors the diversity of people we meet with. These colours play a vital role in the making and completion of the painting, similarly people we keep company with either make or brake us. It would not be wrong to say that an artist is known by the colours he/she uses, as a man is known by the company he keeps. It is important to select best available colours and also surround ourselves with most reliable people.
The strokes of the brush of artist is symbolic representation of the circumstances one passes through. Sometimes the strokes are delicate and soft and the other times they are harsh. Life is also full of different circumstances which are sometimes in one’s favour and sometimes against one, but one thing is for sure that both types of strokes and circumstances are essential for the completion of the one’s painting and for the development of one’s personality. The more the strokes the more the polishing and ultimately the more the shine.
On the canvas of life, every sweep of the brush counts for something…
Everyday we meet people of different attitudes and conducts. Some are simple but attractive. These people are the painting of beautiful landscapes. Some people appear to be harsh and rigid and they belong to the category of the paintings of barren lands and deserts. Similarly some are quite and deep as ocean, spreading all blue on the canvas. We also happen to meet people having weird personality, we find it difficult to understand them. Those people are synonymous to the abstract art. No matter how confusing they seem to be, they are still a piece of art and we have to respect their unique artistic persona. Anne Copeland got it right that;
In the canvas of life, a flat landscape would be pretty boring.
As Shakespeare said, “All the world is a stage, And all the men and women merely players”, it would not be wrong to conceive it as “The life is a canvas and every man and woman is a painting painted by him/her self.”
Conclusively it is safe to say that it all depends on the painter, but if we want to beautify our canvases and pacify our lives then we must not forget the greatest painter (Al-Musawwir) and the creator of all life (Al-Khaliq) in any case. He, whose painting is flawless and whose creation is limitless despite the great variety of the creation; every single creature is unique, has the ultimate control over everything and everyone and we owe all the colours of our lives to Him and Him only. Al-Musawwir Himself says:
He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [Quran, 59:24]