Now I’m not trying to toot my horn or anything, but I would often refer to myself as an artist. I’ve dabbled in works such as poetry, drawing (mostly with pencil but I use my eraser more than I do the actual leads) drums, vocals and song writing (which is TOTALLY different from poetry…. I’m serious stop laughing!). Having done these things gave me a great appreciation for the dedication and hard work that people put behind their productions. It helps a lot to be a fan of art, rather than a fan of artists, because no matter what you are faced with, you recognize that somebody put their heart and spirit into this, etched their own fingerprint and signature on it, leaving traces of familiarity, as well as little tidbits that tell you a little about them. Basically, you’re not getting some face or voice that one may like or dislike; you’re getting their heart. And that’s something to value! 

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Any time I hear something on the radio, which mind you, is not often at all since I’m not quite a radio person, I always remind myself of this fact. I get lost behind the rhythms, arrangements and lyrics, pondering a world of possibilities for drove this piece to reach this point. I wonder what was the true intentions behind the song, and those who sing it. I’m quite aware that not every artist (as it relates to music) writes their own music, but behind the scenes there are little minstrels who sow these messages that some identify with, while others try to. Thinking about the responsibility one could have in changing someone’s perspective on life through these mediums as a result I think is quite important, but that would take this post in a completely different direction. Even as it relates to art, poetry and most creative works in general, we often find blueprints of the creator behind it. 

If I have the opportunity, I love to hear the motivation that drove the creator into producing whatever he has brought forward to the Imagetable. The influences in his (or her) life, and other life experiences that perhaps fashioned the lens through which this person looked through to achieve what they did. Be it excellence or sub par, it reflects their identity in some way, some pieces more than others. Often times, we tend to use the art as a base to judge the artist, when we have no idea where the artist’s perspective is. In truth, it should be the other way around! Our culture trained us to do so; for value is determined by performance and material, measurable quantities as opposed to motives, zeal, mental states…. and well, life in general. That doesn’t mean to say if we don’t like something that we should say that we like it because of the artist; at the end of the day, we are people of taste, and we all have our preferences. 

Now please, PLEASE EXCUSE THE CLICHE, but we are in fact, God’s works of art. He made us, and we all posses little blueprints within us that reveal His character. I know for sure, I sometimes look at my circumstances, which could be considered His art, and use that as a base for judging God, when I really should be looking to God, and try to understand His perspective of things. He said that He has plans for me, and so while the art may not appeal to me at this present time, I’m but just a piece of clay in His hands, while He’s forming me to become what He wants me to be, and this is His way of doing things. I’d also take the time to plug my little input for some Christian (music) artists in the industry, who for some reason or the other, may not be performing what some people deem as “Gospel” music. I’m not saying that they should or shouldn’t preach through their lyrics, because I’m not judging them. I don’t want to judge them. They are free to do what they wish, and often, if we look from the perspective of the artist and then listen to the music, the messages they outlay are quite different then what the casual listener might hear. 

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At the end of the day, if I want the Gospel to reach the four corners of the earth, then I should do something about it. I don’t need to sit here complaining about what they are doing, for in truth, I have no idea what they are doing. I’m not in their shoes. Nevertheless, God made them too, and for all I know, has a purpose for having them where they are at that point in time. What is creation to question it’s creator?

All in all, no matter what work of art pricks your fancy, there’s an artist behind it. Show them some love! God created us and wants to show us His love, asking only that we show Him some love in return. How do we show Him that love? Well, there’s a wonderful book called the Bible that teaches us that. And that is one fine piece of art if I do say so myself 🙂

Have a blessed day guys! I love you all 🙂 And a special credit to all the mysterious creators of the awesome art I featured here… what were their stories? I wonder…

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One thought on “Works of Art

  1. This was interesting to read because, as an English specialist, my classmates and I spend a lot of time separating the author from their work. We are trained to analyze a piece of literature without the outside influence of the author’s circumstances in order for us to become better close readers and to engage directly with the text. I think this is a valuable skill but I also agree with you as well, learning about an author’s intent and the author themselves can be valuable when dealing with any art form.

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