Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ruin: Road to Transformation

"The Road to Transformation" by S'zanne Reynolds

"Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation."
~from the movie, "Eat Pray Love"

Have you ever really messed up? Totally wiped out on a painting or creative work?

I sure have! But some of my best ruinations have lead to the most transforming freedom of creative thought process...leaving me in a new place, previously undiscovered.

I was once told that the start of a painting was far more important than the finish. We are often all too concerned with the finished product...will it look good in a frame? will it sell?...vs. the creative process of what feeling did we begin with, what was our intention and did we see it through?

Of course, then there is the middle...when much ruination and transformation may take place. And sometimes we finish it out OK, and other times, not so much! But it's often the lessons we take from the ruined paintings that shapes our next few paintings and adds depth to future work.

So have some fun today...on the road to transformation...and ruin a few paintings!

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