BY JEFF BETTGER
I love art. I love to enjoy, respond and create it. Whatever it may be. I use artwork as a means for income and expression. Although branching out from my typical means, it is most importantly a way that I respond with my heart.
Does that make you or me an artist?
Let’s first look closely at the definition of the word “artist” by starting with the word “art.” It’s not a difficult word, and doesn’t have any tricks up it’s sleeve. It’s a word we’ve heard most of our lives, and maybe you hold it very closely to your heart.
Art is a noun. We all know this is a person, place, or thing. So, we could either choose one, or choose them all. Which, interestingly makes me look at “art” so much differently. A person can be art, a place can be art, and art can be anything.
I consulted Wictionary to learn more about the word:
- Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work ofnature.
- The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colours, forms,movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense ofbeauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic.
- Activity intended to make something special.
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- One who follows a principle or system of belief.
- A member of a profession or one interested in something. (example:psychiatrist, one who studies psychiatry)
- A person who uses something. (example: violinist)
- A person who holds biased views.
- A person who creates art.
- A person who creates art as an occupation.
- A person who is skilled at some activity.
What do we learn from these definitions?
It’s safe to say that anyone could have a sub-title of artist after breaking it down. Whether they make something that most people would consider artwork with an instrument such as a saxaphone, paintbrush, or even a chainsaw. It’s often that people overlook the artwork of one who is skilled at some activity. If painting is an art, then is football an art? What about accounting? These are all activities that one can make special, something you could love.
So, if everyone is an artist, but if you look at the first definition of “art” you see that:
- Art is the human effort to imitate, supplement, alter or counteract the work of nature
- The conscious production or arrangement of elements
- Activity intended to make something special. If everyone is “an artist” then who is the artist of artists?
Wait, whose work is nature?
Nature, in my opinion, is the most spectacular art piece I’ve ever experienced. Standing in a forest feeling wind slipping through the trees while a experiencing a stream of water work it’s way through, and listening to birds chirping. You and I both know there is so much to experience outside the city, but how spectacular it is to see how nature has taken over some of our cities we take pride in. Roots of trees pushing through a sidewalk, or a building ready to be condemned. Nature trumps man made everyday.
This isn’t a plea to leave the city, I prefer and recommend living in the city. There is something about human interaction, seeing the art of who we are and seeing how we react to experiences differently. Artwork in the living, artwork of the person. Maybe this is why I enjoy people watching?
What does the bible say about artwork?
Surely, there must be some artists in the bible, right? Does it answer the question of who The Artist is? That wasn’t a trick question. The age old sunday school answer works here too. It’s easy to forget about how God created all the elements previously explained as “tools” of a so called artist by breathing, then created humans from dust and breathing life into him.
Come to think of it I throw away dust when it builds up, God saw something special, and created man from it. I create from creations, God created creation. I move a paintbrush, God moved mountains.