Richard Diebenkorn is not a household name. Not like Matisse or Picasso. I have probably heard or seen his name once or twice in the last twenty years, and I live in this world. Yesterday I watched a short video on the exhibit in which he was paired with Matisse. Their collective artistic styles melded so beautifully together. And it was like seeing him again, for the first time. It made me smile. Just a few hours later I was reading in a new book, “We Run the Tides.” A young person is attending a party at a friend’s house – he asks where the bathroom is and the mother says, “turn left at the Diebenkorn. ” He has no idea what that is – that it is even a painting – but I do, and it makes me smile. Two Diebenkorns in one day.
Some may call it chance, or coincidence… I don’t know what it is really – but I like it when it happens. It feels to me like a nod from the universe, a wink from an angel… just to let you know that hey, I see you, you’re on the right path. Sometimes, when you’re driving a long distance, and you know you’re on the right freeway, but after a few miles a small green sign on the side of the road confirms your route – it feels comforting – it feels like that.
Maybe we don’t always see the signs, the green ones or the colorful Diebenkorns, but I think once we start seeing them, it gets easier. I’m not sure they happen more frequently, we just become more open to them, more open to seeing what we need to see. And when we can do that, find the good, oh how much better the days, the miles in between can be. Today, take a look around, and if the universe, or that wayward angel gives you a nod, or a wink, be sure to give one back!