This past February, I sat on the banks of New Black Sand Beach, land barely 30 years old. The Kilauea volcano's eruption back in 1990 destroyed the towns of Kalapana and Kaimu and also the beloved black sand beach there at Kaimu Beach Park. 11 miles down The Red Road, Isaac Hale Park experienced a bit of creative destruction from the most recent eruption in 2018. Some of the park remains. There, I stood on new land, not even 2 years old. I was on the Big Island of Hawaii for a tropical art retreat www.abbierabinowitz.com/tropical-art-nature-retreat/ I was drawn to stand upon the new black lava rock. It was a mysterious and awesome feeling for me. The event of a volcanic eruption, lava flowing downward toward the ocean destroying all in its path, and then creating new land now ready for exploration was felt in the core of me. Whenever the group on the retreat went out to plein air paint, I found I wanted/needed to stand upon the lava rock. I am an abstract painter and am guided intuitively to paint what I feel. This retreat was a first time for me to experience plein air as an abstract artist. Above is "Creative Destruction." It is acrylic on 14" x 10" water color paper.
This idea of creative destruction seems to be expressing in many facets of life these days. The original term came about to describe an economic circumstance, but I think it applies to nature and, well, everything. The force of the earth's power destroys and creates. The force of humanity has the potential to do the same thing. The force of my own desire for personal growth experiences this. Some things in my life are being destroyed, less intensely than a volcanic eruption though. However, if I can practice gratitude for its presence in my life, then release and let go, I experience a peace about it and am more aware to the "new" being offered. If I resist, well...I can create so much unnecessary challenge and struggle it's almost silly when I look back after some time passes. So, with this fresh perspective on life, I witness the new and unknown being created in my life. It's a mysterious, and awesome feeling for me!
3/11/2020 03:22:25 pm
Lisa - it is so wonderful to watch you on this journey of discover with your art and your life. Keep it up and I will continue to follow along. - Kevin McQueen
3/12/2020 11:29:07 am
Kevin! I love that you visited my website! I love the support you give me as I walk this path of an artist. Thank you! Thank you for your love and support!
3/17/2020 11:31:09 am
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Lisa Tousignant is a local artist in Broomfield, Colorado. She considers herself an intuitive and experimental, abstract artist working in acrylic and mixed mediums.