Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Artist ...

"The artist is the ridiculous fellow who takes on God as his creative rival. Sometimes God smiles at the effort, leans down, and contributes a vital touch here and there, which we call inspiration; and so a new work of art comes to exist."

Herman Wouke in "Youngblood Hawke."

2 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

I missed this one, Scott. Makes me think of the inherent arrogance (harsh word and not the one I want) of the artist. Perhaps we crave God's company when we create?

Unknown said...

I found the lines intriguing, but in my experience the artist is showing deference to God. Yes, it is a touch of arrogance to believe we are a conduit for Him/Her, but we pass the credit along.