Everyone is an Artist

Posted by: David

Let’s return to the idea of our minds, our awareness, our thoughts and our inner lives as a force. This force moves our bodies and causes us to act in ways that mirror the thoughts that flow out of our minds. In many ways, these thoughts become manifested in reality, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly.

Franz Marc, Füchse, 1913.

Franz Marc, Füchse, 1913.

Art is a good example of this. In particular the work of the Expressionists, Modern and Post-Modern artists, the inner thoughts of these artists are revealed in astonishing ways. The truth of their minds is made manifest in reality. These are direct examples of how the mind’s imagery can be turned into reality.

Sometimes suffering or beauty can be hidden or indirectly available in the artist’s work. The scene might be of pain, yet the meaning behind the artwork is a beautiful statement of unconditional love and sacrifice. Tears are just as easily shed in joy as in pain. The opposite is also true.

Most of us aren’t really that aware of what our minds are clutching during our days and nights. And we also aren’t aware that every one of us are artists. Our minds are made manifest in our work and actions.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8




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3 responses to “Everyone is an Artist

  1. Mike Zelenka

    Fantastic, poetic, very nice.

  2. M Hunter

    Just a little additional note: Art is generally seen as an intentional production expressive of the artist’s personal experience or “truth, ” which is achieved thru a medium, such as painting or sculpture. It is certainly true that we create our own lives using the basics of our experience and our environment, and we do this intentionally. We are certainly creating in a sense similar to what an artist is doing. It’s just that we are not doing it in a distinctive medium of expression, with a creative intentionality. Interestingly, in looking up the definition of “artist,” I read the following: “A person skilled at a particular task or occupation: a surgeon who is an artist with the scalpel.” So perhaps in a sense an “ordinary” person can be seen as moving into the “artists” rank when they achieve a level of creativity/skill in a more commonplace activity that reflects extraordinary talent and abilities.

  3. Yes, even the surgeon is an artist or the person looking for a handout or a school bus driver. The point that I was making is that no matter what we do we are artists. And in our art, we project what’s going on in our ‘heart’ and minds, which is why it’s important to be aware of how we spend our inner lives. Our outer lives are projections of our inner lives.

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