Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Where the Map Ends Day 2

Or, more ramblings by Hanna. Okay, so here's my thought slash question of the day. What does it take to make a working community? See Jeff Gerke has created a resource in his web page (ahem: wherethemapends.com) for those who love christian fantasy, but it seems like (correct me if I'm wrong here) that what he's after, at the heart of it, is to create a bit of the community. So how do you do that? How do you find the people and get them to interconnect and get a community to work?

I mentioned in my last post how much I'd like to get to know more christian artists. Now I don't just sit here on my bum (okay well I am physically sitting on my bum, but that's not the point) hoping that people will somehow find me and be my friend. I actually spend time researching and hunting and looking for these people and for the most part? I cannot find them. Maybe they are avoiding me? I know I'm not the only christian artist who paints something other than just warmly lit flower covered cottages. But it's pretty hard to find people. We have no system. Maybe it's because christian art isn't like christian books or christian music. We have no blatent way of showing our faith through our art. You know, unless we paint angels and blble stories. But I believe that if you create something beautiful, that's showing the glory of God. Just, beauty. That's my message.

Yeah, that was a ramble. I'm tired and I have no idea where I was going with that. I am however, rather lonely and would like all the other christian artists to stop hiding from me. Particularly young ones with the same artistic and stylistics interests. That's sounds like a really creepy wanted ad, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, I am working on a book cover for my delightful mother, and this is the part that I finished this weekend. Hopefully I'll be done for real in a week or...well hopefully a week.