Monday, October 13, 2008

Artful Maundy Monday Oct. 12

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

I hope, as Christian artists do, that my work will somehow glorify God, and not always in the obvious ways. We strive for our works to speak to His essence, to His Spirit, even if it is not a "Christian" piece. If you allow God to work with you in your studio, His will be evident in some way in the finished product. And we will be changed as well, as we listen to His voice.

As Michelangelo may well have referred to the "divine perfection" of his subject, God as Creator of all still is the light source. He still receives the glory for His creation, whether the artist knows it or not. Beauty is God and displaying beauty in your art will always please Him, even if no one else ever sees it.

This is the first of a new post series on faith and art. Please feel free to comment and start a [respectful] discussion about Protestant Christian faith and art.


Laura said...

Beautiful insight, Anna-Marie. I love to ask God to use my eyes and hands as His in creating art. Artwork made in this way is always unexpectedly special. What a great reminder of how we glorify and please him with our art.

Musing of a Patched Heart said...

I agree! Any time our art is made to glorify the Lord we are changed, thanks for the reminder I needed this one this week :o) Heather

sherresartmusings said...

One of the things I love about creating art is the bond of using the creative parts of our brains which God so graciously has blessed us with as humans. In Genesis it says how God created some things simply for being beautiful to look at. May our art glorify Him!