Saturday, July 30, 2005
Thoughts on Formation and Creativity
How does spiritual formation happen through the arts? It seems to be a quite ambiguous process, at least for me. Finishing up my time at Regent last week, I had no artwork until the last three days, and then a painting began to emerge. I had been drawing a tree in my sketch book, and it suddenly became Christ. I had done nothing but pray, complain a bit to the Lord, and keep drawing. It was then a process to get this image on canvas, and even more of a process to work through the color problems in the painting. I know that the Lord was forming something deep within me during this work, but I still cannot clearly articulate what this was, or how it happened. There seems to be a great mystery in creativity that we cannot understand, but must obey. He gives us gifts that we must struggle to get out, and somehow, in that struggle, he deepens our connection to Him. How awesome.
Posted by Shannon Steed Sigler at 2:12 PM