“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”
Recently, I’ve seen so much creativity in the people around me. Between the series at my church where people are creating art for whatever Sunday’s service is about (if you want to see these follow @Avenue_Church on the Twitta or Instagram) and just discovering new music. Anyway, I LOVE art. And not just physical art but everything else that comes with it: music, dance, writing, etc.
These are artists I love:
One Direction (which is a new obsession, TOTAL FAN GIRL.)
All Sons and Daughters
Just to name a few.
When I really think about this range of music, how amazing is it that we can have such joy listening to a beautiful combination of music and lyrics. Our desire to hear musicians create melodies and harmonies with THEIR VOICES or through instruments is a great and praiseworthy thing. And now we’ve discovered that we can make our voices sound like instruments. My favorite thing is when musicians sing a capella. The way harmony and melody accompany each other is simply breathtaking.
I also love that musicians are willing to share a little piece of their mind and creativity with the world. Some artists are so honest about their feelings, thoughts, frustrations, joys, trials, etc. This vulnerability is not typically recognized as a good thing. With every thought-provoking song there is a song that doesn’t have a lot of substance to them (like with some of the artists above) but they are still willing to let the world hear their voice, instrument skills, etc. It shouldn’t be overlooked. Music ROCKS. Literally. Here’s a song that I can always rely on to put me in a good mood:
Dance is completely underrated. Not only is it an intense sport that requires a lot of coordination, but the fact that dancers can perfectly time moving their bodies to the beat or movement of a song. I can’t get enough of it.
I am blown away by the fact that they can think up routines in their heads and then implement it through movement. What really blows my mind is when choreographers create dances with 20 people in them. I mean really. The fact that someone can create movements for individual people and make it look good with an entire group. So incredible. Check out this DOPE So You Think You Can Dance group routine from season 9.
The other beautiful part about dancing is the story that can be told through the routine. I love the symbolism behind a routine. How certain movements can create an instant reaction by the song choice and the message the choreographer wants to portray.
This is one that I don’t know much about because I am by NO means artsy in the respect of actual art. I color and craft. But I seriously respect people that have an image in their head and are able to use colors, paints, pencil, etc in order to portray their thoughts. There is so much beauty in that. Artists have this crazy ability to use these tools (and others that I’m not really familiar with) to create an insane masterpiece that is totally unique to them. Art is extremely personal and is usually driven by an instinct within the artist that is desperately trying to be heard. It is shown through the stroke, colors, or collaboration with other forms of art such as 3-D art. Artists, if there is anything I’m saying that is totally off the wall, please share. I’m not an expert in this field by any means! On that note, check out this AMAZING art piece my good friend Krissy Vickers created a few weeks ago:
Even if you don’t know what this is you can still appreciate the beauty in its colors, structure, etc. CRAZY good, right?!
This one’s easy. Lots of people do it. I mean that’s what blogging is all about, right? A way for people to organize their thoughts in a creative manner to share with other people who may share similar ideas. It’s a huge phenomenon in our culture right now and some people can argue against it but you can’t argue that sharing thoughts is one of the most personal and exciting ways to communicate with others. It’s therapeutic. But I do see the issues with some forms of writing, people love to complain, argue, whine, and be as negative as possible through this unique art. We haven’t done a very good job of keeping this extremely personal way of communicating as special as it is because we have abused social media with our so called “unique thoughts”.
But even before blogging, writing was around. Shocker, right? I love that we are able to take time to reflect on the world around us and make connections to other experiences in our lives. This is the most typical way that people think of “self-expression”. It’s the safest version for schools to use, which shows that it is timeless expression for the human race to process information. What a great gift we have!
Throughout this blog post, I couldn’t help but think of God and His endless gift of creativity. Look at all the ways He has given us to use this gift. We are creative because of the Creator. (That was a lot of forms of create, but I think you get the point!)
Here are some verses that support this characteristic of God:
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.”
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
I love these pictures. Creativity is good. It is God-breathed. We are literally a masterpiece from the works of the Lord. Think about it as He was creating Adam. He probably tilted his a head a few times trying to decide which aspects would be the very BEST for this creation, added a little this and a little that, and probably smiled at the end of this great work.
There are probably a million and one more ways to cover what art really looks like. Think about that as you come across the arts in your daily lives. It’s a beautiful gift from the Most Creative One.