jibrail_rising (jibrail_rising) wrote,
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And excerpt from a religion paper that I decided to expand upon.

The paper is to be written about an image we did of Jesus, the part I decided to rant about was the fact that we had to be "inspired" by the Bible.



The process for this painting, image, whatever you want to call it is not exactly conventional I guess. When I heard of the project I had an idea of what I wanted to do, before I had the guidelines and such, so I did what I wanted and used my mad Notre Dame symbolism skills and found Bible verses that could count as my "inspiration" for the image. You can't give someone a book and say, "go be inspired and paint a picture"; it doesn't work like that. And more often than not an image just comes, no written inspiration or anything. Inspirations are more feeling oriented, and they just come. You can't order it, you can't force it, especially about subjects that should contain some emotion. Also, inspirations are often a combination of feelings that are evoked but more often than not you can't put your finger on it. While sometimes inspiration does come via a passage of a book or something it is not often. Though songs inspire more than book verses.
An inspiration is something that should not be sought, they come when they come and until then you have to sit and wait and wish you had writing/drawing fodder. If you look back to history you will notice some of the inspired works are more famous and of better quality than those that were instructed. Also artists back then (Renaissance and such) were rare, at least great artists were. Da Vincis and so forth.
Yes, throughout history religion has been the topic of many a great painting but the times have changed. No longer do people look to Jesus for inspiration for a painting, they towards themselves. Art now is an expressive tool, something that should be used to express what the artist is feeling.
Personally I have found that being told what to draw is bad. If somewhat requests something I can't draw it, I have to want draw it. If someone shoves a book under my nose and says "go and paint a scene from it" I can't. For one, telling me that is has to be from a certain book/movie/anime etc. makes me shut down for some reason.
The ability to draw, and draw well on command is a rare gift indeed. And it is something takes time, time that most people do not have.
And I am loosing juice for my rant so I will end it here. Have a good day. Au revoire.

Original paragraph or two

I believe that this is painting incorporates aspects of both Christologies but mainly ascending Christology or Christology from below. "And understanding of Jesus that starts with an attempt to grasp his humanity and his historical roots in first-century Palestine, and the moves toward a comprehension of his divinity. (JHCF 314)"
He is portrayed as a child, a human child who messes up and worries his parents. He is seen having an internal struggle, on part of him is looking toward heaven. That part knows that ultimately that is where he will go but the other half is still chained to Earth and all the demands that entail with being human, a simple mortal. He is bound by Abiuro, an oath.The process for this painting, image, whatever you want to call it is not exactly conventional I guess. When I heard of the project I had an idea of what I wanted to do, before I had the guidelines and such, so I did what I wanted and used my mad Notre Dame symbolism skills and found Bible verses that could count as my "inspiration" for the image. You can't give someone a book and say, "go be inspired and paint a picture"; it doesn't work like that. And more often than not an image just comes, no written inspiration or anything. Inspirations are more feeling oriented, and they just come. You can't order it, you can't force it, especially about subjects that should contain some emotion. Also, inspirations are often a combination of feelings that are evoked but more often than not you can't put your finger on it. While sometimes inspiration does come via a passage of a book or something it is not often. Though songs inspire more than book verses.
Ahem, I am rambling, please forgive me.
That would be pretty much everything I mean to say. I am well aware that most of it is not in any set order of presentation or anything. So yes, go forth and enjoy Jesus.

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