Refueling Your Artist’s Soul

Do you know what fuels you? I am an introvert, which means for me that quiet, time alone, and forms of art are some of the best ways for me to refuel.

I love movies and I enjoy reading books, but looking at fabulous art is one of the best ways for me to juice up the artistic batteries.

The art of Makoto Fujimura, introduced to me by a colleague, inspires me greatly. Take a moment to browse through his website. One of the world’s foremost contemporary artists and a member of the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura employs an ancient form of painting called Nihonga in unique, contemporary ways.

I was especially inspired by the connection between art and his faith in his 400th year commemorative illumination of the Four Holy Gospels.

Makoto Fujimura - Four Holy Gospels

Makoto Fujimura – Four Holy Gospels

When I lived in Rochester, NY, one of my favorite artist outings was a trip to International Art Acquisitions, Inc., a fine art gallery in the Pittsford suburb.

Joan Miro

Joan Miro

How do you refuel?  Share some examples below.

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When the Bold and the Beautiful Collide

The world is full of beauty and beautiful art, and transcendence and beauty somehow feed my soul.  I am also drawn to bold and daring statements, even if I would not be apt to make the same statements myself.  Rarely do I find the two combined.

Dive off of a cliff

Most of us are like this.  Whether or not we are bold, daring people, we love stories about overcomers and underdogs, mountain climbers, and base jumpers.  And whether or not we are painters, sculptors, or musicians, we appreciate beauty in each other and the world.

When beauty and boldness collide the result is extraordinary art, experiences, and relationships.

Just the other day I once again came face to face with bold, beautiful art.

Rowland Augur (Collin Rowland and Dan Augur) blend multiple mediums into one-of-a-kind imaginative expressions.  Their work is refreshing in a day of cookie cutter, one-of-a-million, assembly-line art.

I enjoy their art because it inspires me to think differently and bend artistic boundaries I once thought were rigid.  Their art reminds me that God cannot be boxed in, that while we can learn to know him personally (and we should) there will always be something mysterious, something other about him.

I also enjoy their art because Collin Rowland (the “Rowland” in Rowland Augur) happens to be my brother-in-law.

How about you?

Where have you seen the bold and the beautiful converge, and what was your response?