Art

 

He stood there for a long time, lost in thought and completely oblivious to my taking his photo.  What is it about the painting that has so caught the man’s attention?  I would imagine that the artist would be delighted, the painting was achieving the desired affect; the viewer was being drawn in, captivated, connected with.  Art is many things, but as a means of communication it is a very powerful medium.

Last night I read this:

The first thing we learn about [God] in the Scriptures is that He was an artist. … God moved across the chaos and began to imagine.  Colours – blue and green and red and yellow.  All the colours somehow mixed together.  What would green look like alongside blue, with a little thin band of gold to join the two?  Mountains.  Oceans.  Beaches.  Rivers.  Trees. Canyons.  Valleys.  Shapes and textures and smells and taste.  All these things existed in God’s imagination, even before he decided to make them into a reality and create His artistic masterpiece – the world…

(Steve Stockman, “Walk On”, the Spiritual Journey of U2.  Relevant Books, 2005, p.88)

God is the great Artist, He has communicated to us through His great canvas.  Are we drawn in, captivated, connected?

Or do we just walk on by?

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3 Comments to “Art”

  1. thank you Daniel. A good observation.I note that the quote talks about God’s imagining before creation.It is the same for us.I have been taught that imagination is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. geoff thompson, Adelaide, South Australia

    • Thank you Geoff, a good point. The imagination He gives us is a reflection of His own character – an exciting thought.

      • Thanks daniel. your comments on the paramatta river walk seem to have come through so I trust the problem is not there now. I have trouble with the same problem sometimes when trying to comment on other blogs. regards geoff thompson

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