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One of the benefits of computer artificial intelligence (AI) is that it gathers together the collected knowledge of the computers that have come before it. AI comes pre-loaded with any knowledge we want to place in it.
In addition, AI tests, learns and grows. It constantly takes the information it, and other computers has learned and integrates that knowledge into its memory and algorithms.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
This portion of Psalm 139 is about God and us – in that order. And it is wonderful.
Biblically, God is always the initiator. In verse 13 of this Psalm, God forms us. This combination of creating and giving life is intrinsic to God. It’s who he is.Continue reading “And It Is Wonderful”
This is the last of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.
If our chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever, then the purpose of our art, and our life as an artist, is to enjoy God.
Glorifying God and enjoying him. One leads to the other. This doesn’t mean that every moment of our artistic life is a sugar high. Enjoying God is the slow, steady build-up of knowing that being in his arms is the right place to be.
This is the sixth of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.
A lot of artists shy away from words like structure or discipline. They think it somehow limits their creative potential – that it’s a presumptive usurping of the muse that inspires them. Maybe it is. But perhaps there are a couple of other ways to look at this.Continue reading “What are Your Creative Patterns and Processes?”
This is the third of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.
“I reached out for something to attach myself to—and I found nothing. But in reaching out, in the effort to grasp, to attach myself, left high and dry as I was, I nevertheless found something I had not looked for—myself.” – Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller
Self-expression is limiting, but necessary for authentic art. This quote is positive in its finding of self. We should plummet the depths of who we are and be authentic in our artistic expression. And we should seek to continually do this as we grow, develop and change as individuals.
This is the second of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.
Psalm 139:13-14 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.