Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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.