I believe good art is the willingness to refine… refine… refine… refine… refine… refine… refine… refine… refine… refine… refine… until your creation demands the attention of others.
In all forms of creativity we tend to only see the denouement and remain unaware of the (sometimes painful) journey of ideas, failed concepts and refinement to get there. Truth be told, perhaps the only way we find that final conclusion is the traverse to get there.
In this case, my journey began pondering Pastor Brian’s thought on Glorious Ruins:
“Ruins can speak of crushing defeat or perhaps of something abandoned, but the good news today is that the ruins come to life. …Through Jesus Christ what we look at is ruins that become glorious…” – Brian Houston
My first thought was to explore the juxtaposition of ‘Glorious’ & ‘Ruins’, we attempted several ideas around the contrast of the words, from smashing ‘glorious’ tiles, and re joining them to make a majestic mosaic, destructive ocean against glorious sunsets, flowers mashed together with harsh storm photos and even looking into a shoot of the Ta Prohm ruins in Cambodia – a glorious tree growing out of old ruins.
We ended up with nothing more than 60 cover concepts stored in a folder named ‘not good enough’ – and literally was feeling creatively ruined (ironically).
However, it is the process of exploring these ideas that take you to the – ‘God-drop’.
Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly find a new idea, I got new revelation of the Joy found in the ‘Glorious Ruins’ – it’s not so much about the ruins itself, but more a celebration that in Him our “ruins come to life”.
This is what led the concept of celebrating with colours and through much ‘Googling’ we discovered the really unexplored art of ‘Day Time’ fireworks. ‘Day Time’ Fireworks are designed with coloured smoke instead of light, which creates a very unique look in the daytime.
Using a farm owned by a family in our church, we spent the afternoon blowing up every type of daytime firework (with a pyrotechnic) we could find and it was truly GLORIOUS.
I guess the moral of this story is don’t GIVE UP – literally, there were a few times we could’ve sacrificed and used a concept that was good, but oh how much GRANDER and GREATER is refining until the ‘God-drop’.
Always push through – It’s an easy trap to start looking at artist’s finished projects and doubt your abilities. It’s easy to think they are so much more talented than yourself, but I promise you most of these people have just found commitment to peruse excellence, not give up & commit to the refinement process. It’s very rare anyone ever nails the concept in the first go, and this blog is an example of just that.
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