An Artist

The sweetest, best piece I’ve read on being an artist is in a precious little volume titled “An Artist” by illustrator/writer M.B. Goffstein. It is out of print but you can still buy it online at used bookstores. I first saw it at Nigel Goodwin’s home on the Isle of Wight and ordered it the minute I returned to Seattle.

Please do what you can to find it, buy it, read it yourself and make sure your kids read it. Hold it in your hands. Simple. Profound. Theologically provocative. She is an artist.

An Artist

An Artist is like God, but small.
He can’t see out of God’s creation,
For it includes him.
With the seas divided,
All the animals named, and the sun and moon and stars
Set in their tracks, an artist spends his life
Not only wondering,
But wanting to work like God
With what he can command: his paints.
He tries to copy God’s creations.
He tries to shape beauty with his hand.
He tries to make order out of nature.
He tries to paint the thoughts and feelings in his mind.
An artist is like God
As God created him.
Small, strong, and with limited days,
His gift of breath is spent
Over his paintbox.
Choosing and brushing his colors,
He tries to make paint sing.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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