So let me ask you this; Do you know David?, Is there a David awaiting you. I have often said of artists that “we reach in to the nothingness and extract tangible things”. But this is what I say. What else can be said of the artist? Julia Cameron, author of the book The Artist’s Way, says“It is my experience, both as an artist, and as a teacher, that when we move out on faith into the act of creation, the universe is able to advance. It is a little like opening the gate at the top of a field irrigation system. Once we remove the blocks, the flow moves in”She goes on to say; “Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.” And that, “Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.” She calls it an induced or invited spiritual experience. And the good news is that we are all able to do it.
I often think about how crucial art is for children, they in their effort to find themselves and fit in can sometimes be rather cruel. I know it’s true of adults as well, but lets focus on the children. I have been expressing myself artistically sense I was very young, I thank God my parents encouraged it. However, at different times in my development, somebody’s little unhealthy child would attempt to tell me what I wasn’t. Some little nasty boy or girl would try and make me feel less than. And sometimes for a minute it worked, that’s until I remembered my secret.
That I knew David, and knowing David is something that no one could take away from me. Knowing David is what enabled me to get through my adolescent years successfully.
My point is this, art has the ability to sustain you. When you know that you can create something that did not exist before, it develops something within you, that no one can undo. Art is the most exciting way I can imagine to learn about his-story, and ours, as the lives and stories of people throughout the history of the world are seen through art. And think about our modern artist, all of those hand traced turkeys on the refrigerator. Oh, or the stick people drawings, which if you notice, they too, tell the story of the artist. I do suspect that all children, when they are very young, know David. Do you?
The expression of art is as powerful as the art itself. In all of it’s forms, art is a way up, art is a way out, art can literally set you free. Art has the power to transform, to inform, to teach, to heal, to save, to lead, to renew and to inspire. Art speaks. Art tell us where we’ve been and enables us to continue tell of where we are going. And being trusted to create art is a gift that should not be ignored. It is a gift you give to yourself and the world.
Do you know David? He is waiting. Will you set him free?