There is no such thing as a blank canvas.
You go to film in a park
– birds are chirping and trees are rustling.
You go to record audio in an empty classroom
– the faint sound of air conditioning can be heard.
You go to set up props on a stage
– the floor and walls are in place already.
You go to paint on a plain canvas
– it’s white, and contains a few specs of dust.
You go to set up an atmosphere in an ’empty’ space
– you can smell and feel what exists already.
When creating, we must be aware of not only what we put in, but what’s already there. The canvas is never, ever blank.