It’s an obvious statement to me, to say that – as God is the/our Creator of all things – it is obvious the capacity to create is within every human being.
The ability to create is the result of being created in His image.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
And indeed because, from our perspective, God was initially revealing His creative power, more than any other aspect of His Infinite being, it is important that mankind carries on the good work of creating.
When God created the universe He was pleased with what He had done.
…And God saw that it was good.
Whatever you or I put our hand to – it can be creative.
When mankind made a wrong choice he inherited a nature that could do evil as well as good. Be destructive as well as constructive. Destroy as well as create.
One of the prime raison d’être’s given by artists when explaining their work is to say that it is intuitive.
Some artists are reporters – they try to paint exactly what they see in reality.
Other artists are commentators – who seek to make a statement with their art.
And some are authors – those who seek to create something unique and imaginative. In my view the most intuitive of these categories.
I have always saw myself in the last category when it comes to my painting.
The first category of artist (the reporter), must aim for technical perfection. And ‘reporters’ are usually motivated by this goal in all their art. The skill or craft factor to the fore in their thinking.
They spend their lives perfecting their craft.
Commendable indeed, and the result in realism or naturalism, is usually still the most popular with the ‘non-arty’ public.
For me having looked at art for so long, much as I can appreciate a skilful piece of work, my interest is lost more readily
That said, I believe it is also true to say, that what keeps our interest will always vary from person to person and is largely subjective, when it comes to viewing paintings.
The ‘boredom’ factor spills over into my own painting choices. I paint what interests me, to state it in simple terms.
Perfecting the craft side, does not hold my interest.
The intuitive side of painting or art, involves ‘feeling’, but a definition of the intuitive, or what it is understood as, by a particular artist, can consist of chalk and cheese definitions, varying from artist to artist.
Then there is the intuitive, not in the artistic sense, but uniquely understood in a Christian context – and here we have a completely different meaning altogether.
Spiritual intuition is known by e.g. the prophets, who received revelation in their human spirit as given by God.
Every true Christian has experienced this in giving their lives over to Jesus Christ.
This understanding of intuitive understanding is expressed in the following scripture that I leave with you:
I Corinthians 2/
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.