Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Art is music frozen in time"

 It is a struggle sometimes-that blank page, canvas.
 It's heart-wrenching actually, at times....
 I have a word on my wall in my studio. "WORK" is the word. I have covered the large cut out letters with glitter. And I'm doing it. (working)
Making visual art is a lonely, alone work. Unless you are purposely collaborating on a piece, you are alone. With all the voices in your head, with the skills you have brought to the table, with the art supplies, with the life struggles and stories you feel are bursting to get out in paint.
It can't be otherwise-you must work alone.
Some of the work is just for your own reference-it's like you have learned something in a color or line, and you've got to keep looking at it. Most people would call you nuts-unless they know....
So here's a link I found about being a Christian and doing visual art.
http://www.crosswalk.com/culture/the-arts/how-to-live-artistically-for-god.html
I haven't read the book this is referencing - but I loved the quote I used as my post title.

And music is understood to be worship, if that's what you are trying to accomplish. For me-that's it. Do I need to paint a cross or manger scenes to express my worship? I don't think so at all.
I think God is pretty smart and He understands art. (Oh my word, what an understatement)

So if I am to be true to myself as an artist-my first priority is to be true to my beliefs, which I have written about from time to time.
And that's why I include music that I love in my blog. Both visual and auditory art can be a gift to God.

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7 comments:

Studio Maywyn said...

Wise words.
When I listen to music as I create, I don't feel alone.

Barbara said...

I love your paintings, as always!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You made me think. I'm pretty sure I never feel alone. I go in my "room" to BE alone. But I don't want to LIVE alone.

I love the quote too. Lots to think about in your post today.
xx, Carol

coralcottage said...

This lovely Debra. Thank you for sharing your personal deep thoughts along with the beautiful art. xo kim

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Debra - you will never know how much I needed your bit of wisdom. Often I struggle with taking that special time to work at art. I am checking out your link sweet friend. Love your painting - thanks for listening to your heart. It will help me listen to mine as well. Xo Xo

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I love your art! I can relate to being alone to work. I love the solitude that I have in myh work. I get my best ideas and work done when I am alone. I so love this post today!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

How true your post rings today! Working alone is good for the creative thought and imagination! Your art is lovely! I love your thoughts as well!