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I was randomly searching dA earlier today.  I stumbled upon an art submission that others used as a platform to demean religion.  Later on I decided to watch 'The Green Mile' for the first time in about five years.  Being a movie that centers on spiritual mystics I began to ponder the reality of what a soul is, and how it is declared in a piece of art.

I felt like typing these thoughts down and sharing them with you.

I respect anyone's personal beliefs.  If someone doesn't believe in religion, or God I can respect that.  There are infinite ways to be a good, productive person in our mortal society.  However, I wonder, is it possible to deny a spiritual sense of life?  I find drive in life by knowing that there is a greater spiritual body we cannot see.  Individual souls that reside in all walks of life.

I express this because it is necessary for my next set of thoughts.

Art that really connects with an individual in a deeper manner connects with the soul.  Without believing in a greater being, or purpose, still most individuals feel 'something' formed between them and a complete stranger (the artist).  The catalyst to this feeling is the art.  How is this achieved?

This inner connection cannot be seen nor scientifically proved.  And yet, an artist must use tangible material, and scientific rules to form this art.  Souls cannot simply communicate freely, they are completely dependent on our mortal rules.  We must use lines, colors, pigments, computers, and time to somehow form what is otherwise a concealed dimension.  

This does not mean that all art must be serious, or 'soul searching', but reflecting on it makes me want to be more faithful to my characters.  How do I better represent their reality so that a inner conflict is established?  

Reality.  Do you draw it the way it really is, or the way it feels?  What is more true to life?  In Reality.

I say these things knowing there isn't an exact answer and I am glad.  If there was an absolute answer there wouldn't be anything left to artistically express.  I am grateful for the time I have to reach into myself and try my best to pour that unfiltered, into flawed forms.  Thank goodness it's a fight.
  • Listening to: Camera Obscura-James
  • Watching: The Green Mile
  • Playing: Band Hero
  • Eating: Chic-Fil-A
  • Drinking: 2% Milk
taneel Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well said. Er.. written.
holijay Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks n8!
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May 19, 2010