Tuesday's Thought........Just A Lump of Clay

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Listening to classic vinyl, she sat intently staring upon the broken down piece of clay there on the coffee table. “What on earth had possessed the artist to mangle such a piece of art?” she asked herself. What had forced such a transformation? Why had she felt the need to purchase such a piece?

As she continued to gaze, it became evident the piece had begun as another preconceived shape, “definitely it had started out as a more traditional piece,” she thought. And yet some reason the creative process had changed. Why? Why had a new vision emerged, what had transpired?

Looking deeper at the final shape, the simplicity of the piece took hold. The artist intentionally had created a free flowing, up and down edge that reminded her of a clam shell.  With earth tone colors and a splash of teal and blue thrown in, it was the base that had revealed the fact this piece had been transformed. The shallow and round base convinced her, this piece of art had started out as something else.

Rising to get a cup of coffee, she could not shake the mental image of her piece of art. The shape, the colors, the transformation she just knew had occurred, and then it hit her. There are no sharp edges. Now she knew exactly why she had been drawn to that piece.

For some unknown reason, unbeknownst to her anyway, the artist had changed their mind. With that half made piece of clay the artist made the conscience decision to transform it and intentionally omit any sharp edges.

That piece of art could be a self-portrait describing any of us. What ever we started out to be with that preverbal first lump of clay, life’s triumphs and obstacles force us to reshape ourselves. The question is, are we artist enough to omit the sharp edges?

My thought for you on this Tuesday be that you are artist enough to constantly transform your preverba lump of clay and creative enough to omit the sharp edges.



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7 comments:

Midlife Jobhunter said, 

I prefer smooth edges.

Having a hard time getting my lump of clay moving today. Enjoyed your post.

July 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Great analogy. I can mold and shape.

July 27, 2010 at 1:43 PM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

A good read Jules , had a busy morning so sitting down now and reading blogs like yours is so relaxing, Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne.

July 27, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Jules said, 

Thanks for the comments. I'm glad you all enjoyed it. Oh, the picture is the piece of art I wrote about.

July 27, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Ellie said, 

Jules I love this; Being brave to forge onward, through the changes and still finish...
Well done~

July 28, 2010 at 12:09 AM  
Journaling Woman said, 

Love this.

After all, we are but a lump of clay being molded daily.

Teresa

July 28, 2010 at 12:40 AM  
arlee bird said, 

Sometimes sharp edges are necessary to get a point across.

Lee
Tossing It Out

July 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
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