Aug 022010

Created in His Image

You might pride yourself on being a rather creative abstract artist and you wanted to produce an exceptionally original and creative work, maybe some installation abstract art. So you took your dog and painted his snout red and blue and said, “Look at my new abstract installation art! I’m so original.”

You may be disappointed to discover that that clever work had already been done. The original Artist did this using the baboon. (He also has a sense of humor.)

What? You thought that was an accident? Evolution? A random anomaly? Of course not. It was done on purpose! He’s an Artist! An Abstract Artist at that.

Why is the human form so wonderfully and beautifully crafted? Mere utility? Consider your closest loved one. I don’t care how old they are or how much ‘mileage’ they’ve got. They’re beautiful, aren’t they? Is that an accident?

Why do leaves turn colors in the fall? Why does the bark peel on birch and sycamore trees? Why do we have such a wondrous variety in flora and fauna? Why isn’t the Grand Canyon all one color? Happenstance?

(We can go on and on with the examples!)

It’s a feast for the eyes! It’s pure aesthetics! It’s a gift. A gift from God, the Great Abstract Artist!

Don’t I mean Realist? Absolutely not! Where did the inspiration come from for all these wonderful works of Abstract Art? Did He copy them from another God, from another world? Au contraire! It all came from His own imagination; it’s all designed from scratch. And a great deal of His work is purely abstract! What an imagination! What vision! What drama, serenity, beauty, passion, poetry…

I can imagine that sometimes, as He watches a realist painter copy one of His landscapes exactly as he sees it, that He wants to say aloud,

“Come on, guys, I created you with endless imagination, the capacity for design, the ability to craft and the passion to create magnificent works of art, all on your own. Why do you insist on copying mine?”

“Go forth and create anew!”

  6 Responses to “God: The Great Abstract Artist”

  1. Just wanted to thank you for your comments on Abstract Art and especially your take on God as the Great Abstract Artist. What freedom we have been given to express our joy, paint, love, life, etc. through the gift of creation by means of our Art work.

  2. You’re welcome, Patricia. ‘Freedom’ definitely is a great word to help describe the privilege we’ve been given. Thanks. Also, I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  3. What a great post. And that says a lot coming from a self-proclaimed realist {gasp!} I stumbled upon this site after finding this quote “If art was defined simply by the ability to draw then my inkjet printer would be a greater artist than Michelangelo.” I actually included it on my Art I syllabus for all those kids who think they “suck” at art because they “can’t draw.” Am I right to attribute that quote to you or did you find it elsewhere? Thanks!

    • Yes, Carolyn, you can attribute the quote to me. I wrote that several years back, an excerpt from some of my writing.
      I still stand by those words, although I also believe that every serious artist needs to develop drawing skills in order to best present their visual statements, whether it is through realism, abstract art or even installation art, just like the best story teller needs to learn to write well, etc.

  4. Thanks so much! I totally agree with your article on God being an Absract artist.
    I am an abstract artist..I am skilled to paint very realistic but to me it is so much more interesting and exciting to put my own spin on things and be original.
    God is so awesome! …

  5. Thank you for the acknowledgement of the “Great Creator” who fashioned us in His image…so we too are creative beings.

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