Saturday, December 21, 2002

I've been doing a little blog-surfing this morning, when I ought to be housecleaning. I found a quote on Jason Evans' blog that I had to share. It so totally expresses my heart where creating art is concerned. Granted, I'm no Michelangelo, but there have been some pieces I've done that I've been pleased with. Here's the quote:

"...Art is ultimately identification with the creator. And the more I grow in loving God, the more I grow in loving art. Art is freedom. Art is natural. Art is subjective. Art is holy. Art is ethical. Art is spiritual. Art is therapuetic. Art is educational. Art is enlightening. Art is constructive. Art is 100% honesty. Art is justified and good for its own sake, because it is probably the most pure form of spiritual communion. I don't care if you believe in God or not - if you engage in art, you are engaging your Creator. I make art for me. If other people get something out of it, then that's wonderful, and I love it when they do, but ultimately I don't care if they do or don't. The process of creating and designing is its own reward, and it is the most precious gift given to human nature. I love reading what I write. I love looking at what I draw or design. It gives me chills to witness things I create, especially when I create them well. Every honest artist will tell you the same thing. It is not the bad form of pride, it is the good form of pride - the pride of cherishing every facet of our existence and being grateful for it in the most innocent way possible..."

This is so true! Whenever I'm in my workroom, either sewing or creating some sort of visual art, like calligraphy, I feel the presence of God. Sometimes it's as if I take up a pencil in my hand, put it down on the paper, and the picture just appears. I love it when that happens. Unfortunately, it seems that lately I haven't been able to just sit down and create like that just for the joy of it. If I do anything of that sort, it's because it's been commissioned or it's a gift for someone or something. Don't get me wrong--God is still there, and the joy is still there, but it's not spontaneous. I guess it's kinda like when a couple are trying to get pregnant, so they have sex when "the time is right"--ovulation happening and all that. I'm sure it's still good, but not the same as just enjoying each other out of love. OK, now I'm paddling into uncharted waters for me (or, at least, places I haven't been in a very long while). You'll have to talk to Liz to verify that analogy. :^)

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