Given that it’s the beginning of a new year—a time when we typically evaluate where we’ve been and where we’re going—I thought I would stir the pot.
Here are seven questions that might subversively stretch your preconceptions and wobble your paradigms. I encourage you to prayerfully contemplate a few of them, and maybe discuss some with fellow artists of faith. It’s my hope that these questions might help you gain clarity on your journey of faith as an artist.
1. If you are (or could be) a vocal artist, which would you prefer: Having an excellent voice that everyone likes, or having a unique voice that some people love and some people hate?
2. If you are (or could be) a visual artist, which would you prefer: Having one of your paintings hang in a prestigious gallery, or being able to study under a prestigious artist?
3. What is more important to you: Having a lot of compliments from your audience, or having a single compliment from a fellow artist peer/mentor? Why? (For more discussion on approval and acceptance, check out this blog post.)
4. What artist (painter, architect, dancer, author, etc.) from history would you like to have dinner with? What current artist would you like to have dinner with? Why?
5. Of these two important values, what do you generally regard more highly: artistic integrity or commercial success? Are there situations where the reverse might be true?
6. If you could visit yourself ten years from now, what one question would you ask your older self as it relates to your art? If you could visit yourself ten years ago, what one piece of advice would you give your younger self?
7. Do you consider yourself a “Christian Artist,” or an “Artist who is a Christian”? (By the way, this is the reason why I use the term, “Artist of Faith,” which I believe encompasses the spectrum. And yes, discussions on what the terms actually mean are encouraged.)
Bonus Question: What goal(s) do you have this year—personally, spiritually, and artistically?
[Photo Credits: Keith Elliott.]