Many mindful artists realize (and have realized) that they are the instrument, not the source of art. It is often remarked in music circles that Mozart appeared to be a conduit for his work since his original manuscripts show no signs of correction or rewriting; it was as if he was taking dictation. Many artists report occasionally having a taste of this experience, where the art flows effortlessly, while at other times it is an incredible struggle. Does the fact that music and art can occasionally flow through us as instruments point to a grand design of the universe? Do the sights and sounds of the world around us, as captured by the artist, reflect a design that is not a proof, but a shadow or reflection of the deeper design of the universe?
This question is intensified when we encounter child prodigies such as self-taught artist Akiane Kramarik, who first started drawing at age 4 and was doing solo art exhibits by age 9. Watch this CNN video interview with Akiane for a glimpse of her amazing artistic talent.
Click on the thumbnail above for a larger view of Akiane’s self portrait entitled “Co-creating”. Here is her commentary on this work: “Right after my eleventh birthday I visualized my self portrait through the view of a canvas and through the eyes of the spirit. I hoped to express the joy of co-creating, and the awe of feeling God’s love and wisdom.”