The sculptor starts with a mountain of stone. He chisels away and discards much of the rock to reveal the statue within the stone. He must cut and abandon parts of the stone first.
The editor starts with a manuscript. She slashes words from the novel to focus the reader on the essentials of the story. She must release words to make other words more potent.
The clothing designer starts with multiple yards of fabric. He reduces the fabric to smaller shapes and patterns to uncover clothing worthy of a runway. He must reject parts of the fabric to create stunning and original design.
Creativity is revealed.
Art is found within the medium.
Ideas are released during the process.
Revealing Your Creativity
“I mean the fact that art consists of limitation; the fact that art is limitation. Art does not consist in expanding things. Art consists of cutting things down…”
“The most artistic thing about the theatrical art is the fact that the spectator looks at the whole thing through a window. This is true even of theatres inferior to my own; even at the Court Theatre or His Majesty’s you are looking through a window; an unusually large window. But the advantage of the small theatre exactly is that you are looking through a small window. Has not every one noticed how sweet and startling any landscape looks when seen through an arch? This strong, square shape, this shutting off of everything else is not only an assistance to beauty; it is the essential of beauty. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.”
Powerful to think that, as Chesterton says, “art consists of limitation.” We tend to think art and creativity are about freedom and boundlessness. Not necessarily true.
The freedom of art is found within a framework.
What a powerful concept: your creativity reframes and focuses someone to see and experience something that they wouldn’t have experienced had it not been for your work. Powerful.
Question: What is your process? How do you cut, discard and reject to reveal the gems of your work?