Thursday, July 16, 2009

Photostory Friday: The Artist

31 Posts in 31 Days: #16



PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek




Art is an expression of the Divine nature in each of us.

It is one way -- maybe THE way -- that we are truly like God.




God is an artist.




He takes of the elements, reorganizes them, and creates something new. The materials may be elemental, and eternal, but the creation -- the art -- is new in the universe.




I've always been fascinated by those who make their living with their art. They are detail oriented, they have to be. They are alive to the world around them. I think those people are the ones who truly love their jobs. It could be photography, or painting, or architecture, or even sports, but when it becomes yours, when you feel it from the inside out, and you invest it with a piece of your soul, it becomes art.




When we were in Disneyland, back in May, we had the kids sit for a caricaturist. I was absolutely fascinated, not only by her speed, but her ability, even in a cartoon, to capture my children. She saw, immediately, what I had never seen in my own kids -- they each have different noses.




She created something for us that evening, that I treasure. This piece of art encapsulates all the memories of our trip. And I've thought about my kids' noses every day since then.




Art, by it's very nature, is meant to be shared. The word art is short for articulation -- it is your statement to the world. The best artists -- the truly great ones -- don't keep their art to themselves, they share it, as this wonderful artist in a small corner of New Orleans Square did for our family.




Come to think of it, that's just what God does too, isn't it?


21 comments:

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

what a cool portrait that is!!! A wonderful treasure no doubt

Emily said...

that is pretty neat. I've always thought caricaturist were so cool...they're so fast and can pick up so much. It's almost like they live in another dimension from me!

scrappysue said...

i had one of those drawn of me back in 1981!!! obviously not the same person, but it's really a gift, isn't it?

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

That's one of my favorite caricatures that I've seen. I've not seen anyone do a stacking profile like that. Very neat.

kaye said...

I'm glad you thought of taking pictures while the art work was in progress. You're doing great on your goal for 31 posts. Halfway there :)

Ryanne said...

I love characters they seem to somehow capture personality. I bet it is so fun to watch them being drawn.

Sharon said...

That is amazing! I love to see what others see through their work! And those are some cute noses I might say! ;)

Steph said...

That's awesome! I love chariactures. I need to do that with my kids! :)
I sometimes wish I was an artist.

Angela said...

I love the photos of the process, very cool!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Oh so true.
The finished product is awesome.

Maggie May said...

I love to watch artists at work, whether traditional or caricatures. Every artist sees some thing unique from the rest of us.
I like the way this one lined the children one behind the other!
We are all totally unique and it is a marvel isn't it, the way God made us like that?

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

That is an awesome post and awesome pictures! I'd love to be able to do that...create a picture so quickly. I've watched them work and have always been impressed with the finished product. I'm hoping to get one of my son done at some point too.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Beautiful. I came by earlier in the rush of family life and looked at the photos. Now, reading the story with them and the wonderful thought behind it, I feel like I was given a double treat.


Thanks for the kind words for us Chris!

Kat said...

A truly beautiful post. Love this. :)

Straight to Your Hart said...

I love the gifts/talents from the Lord come about on canvas/paper. He did it with our world as well...a true artist! Great portrait.

MomOf4 said...

What a beautiful post! :)

Michelle said...

So true! Once again, your ability to tell a story amazes me. PSF was made for you. :)

Lindsay said...

"I've always been fascinated by those who make a living with their art. they are detail oriented, they have to be."

Um, hello? YOU are an artist, too.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

I admire artists too. There are several in my family, and yet I am a visual arts flunkie. Guess that's why I'm so impressed with artistry.

Fun caricatures!

Jeanette said...

What a beautiful post. I love caricatures. So fun.

CC said...

Are you sure visual "art" is short for "articulation", because if that is the case, I'm going to think about it in an entirely different way!