Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Heart of the Artist

I've been reading the book "The Heart of the Artist", which is basically about character-building for Christian people involved with arts ministry. This is a great book written for artists by an aritist. So far it's been quite insightful and challenging. Rory Noland addresses topics such as "Servanthood Versus Stardom", "The Artist in Community", "Excellence Verses Perfectionism", "Jealousy and Envy", "Managing Your Emotions", and "The Spritual Disciplines of the Artist."

There is a quote in the book that I can really relate to as an artist..." But then, no artist is normal, if he were, he wouldn't be an artist. Normal men don't create works of art. They eat, sleep, hold down routine jobs, and die. You are hypersensitive to life and nature; that's why you are able to interpret for the rest of us. But if you are not careful, that very hypersensitiveness will lead you to your destruction. The strain of it breaks every artist in time." (Irving Stone, Lust for Life)

What do you think of that quote?


Kel said...

That is me!
makes it sound like being artistic or creative is a curse
sometimes it feels that way

I'm reading Inarnation through the arts at the moment and its got some good stuff in it too. But that quote you shared is so timely.

Kitty Cheng said...

Incarnation through the arts is something I really wanna know more about, and a friend of mine is doing his PHD on this very thing...we've been discussing it and it's really kel what have u got out of the book?

Kel said...

ONe qoute I like from the book is this: "Art is something like revelation. What is revealed has been there all the time, but it has gone unnoticed in the humdrum existence of every day experience. It needs the sensitivity of the artist to bring it to light, so that we notice these things for the first time."