Recently, someone asked me what Christian artists can do to make better art. That’s such a great question. I came up with some thoughts.
PURSUE JESUS, NOT CREATIVITY
I think we need to stop pursuing the next great creative concept, and start pursuing Jesus. That sounds great, and everyone thinks I’m additionally spiritual when I say it. Many people nod and say “Mmmm” when I say that in a room full of artists. But it’s so very true. When we pursue Jesus, the next great creative idea will come as a gift of the relationship. We artists tend to drag Jesus through our creative processes, turning to Him when we’re stuck. I’d rather surrender fully to Jesus so that He drags me fully into the world, figuring out my creative concepts as I’m engrossed in that mission.
INSPIRE MORE, PREACH LESS
I think artists would create better art if they became less concerned with preaching, and more concerned with inspiring average people to feel deeply. Let the pastor preach and teach (artistically, I would argue). Great art happens when artists simply set the table, and invite people into the feast. Great art happens when we allow people the freedom to respond, even if that response isn’t what we envision.
WORK HARD AT LEARNING
Find someone who’s already creating the kind of art you want to create, then work hard at learning how they do it. There is no substitute for this. There are more tutorials on the internet now than ever, and your involvement in them could be the key. But it takes work. A lot of work.
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