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Creation, Destruction or Both?

| 08 December, 2013 10:38

Painting On A White Canvas

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”

I disagree with Picasso on this one.  Technically, he is right, any time I gesso over a white canvas, I have “destroyed” the white that was already there, nicely sanded down ready to work on. And opening a new tube of paint, means that perfectly factory filled oblong shaped is “destroyed.” But to me, art is building on top of something that already exists, not destroying the building blocks of art.

What do you think?  Does anything that is created destroy what was there before? 

For another blog about the creative process see Change your Creative Block, Change Your Construct



Re: Creation, Destruction or Both?

S | 12/12/2011, 03:51

Another possible interpretation of that quote is that you need to overcome, or destroy, established styles and notions of painting, and create your own vision, or approach. Both the canvas, and what you're expected to paint, have to covered over.

Re: Creation, Destruction or Both?

abstract painting for sale | 20/09/2012, 03:52

Happiness is accompanied by sorrow, and the rain should have the clear sky. If rain remains after rain and sorrow remains after sorrow if. Please let us face this calmly leave after the departure. Smiles and it is impossible to find one of you!