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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: GOD, THE FIRST ARTIST
By Ky Bishop
01/20/07


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Of course God was the first artist. In six days He managed to create with broad, sweeping strokes a magnificent masterpiece of which all mankind has attempted to copy, duplicate and plagiarize. He is the creator of all artistic mediums.

Fortunately for us, He did not keep His creative juices to Himself. He willing endowed His favored creation, mankind, with His very own creative power. He generously empowered His children with minds, emotions and physical abilities that constantly tell of His majesty.

To the artist that prefers paint or pencil, chalk or water color, God graciously gave His eyes that see past blank white canvases and see the shapes, colors, figures and images that are present. He gave this artist a palate full of hues, tones and endless colors from which to choose. They freely dip their brushes in mountain brown or grassy green. They pull from the sky the clearest of blue and from the daisy the most perfect of yellow. These artists recreate from His creation.

To the artist that prefers the medium of music, God willingly gave His ears. These ears were the first to hear the birds sing, rivers roar, ice tinkle and men to speak. From the vast collection of notes, sounds and rhythms God allowed this artist to experience His joy and to present their creations as an offering back to Him.

To the artist that prefers movement, God gave them the ability to feel the groaning and motion of His earth. He allowed this energetic part of His creation to recreate the motion of swirling clouds, blowing trees, falling rain and angry storms. These artists are able to feel His presence and to tell others, “He is near”.

To the artist that prefers the written word, God has given His mind. This solitary, introspective, often introverted part of His creation has been given the gift to formulate into language what is most often unspoken. This peculiar part of His creation has the ability to hear the inaudible and to scribble those non sounds down on paper. They have been given the distinct privilege of writing down the words that He whispers in their ears.

God’s amazing gift of art has not been relegated only to canvas, instrument, dance or paper; prayer is art, worship is art, reading is art, telling others about Him is art and the list goes on. God was the first artist and He is still introducing His creative power to His creation.


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Jan Ackerson 01/25/07
I love the concept here--that we are acting in God's image when we create. Beautifully stated.

I think your middle paragraphs should begin with "To the artist who...but I'm not positive.

At any rate, this is marvelous and lyrical, beautiful to read.

Julie Arduini01/25/07
To deliver all the ways God uses art in such a short piece, it was so well done. It opened my eyes to ways I don't always appreciate art.