Posts Tagged ‘clarity’

I’ve been called upon to do a 6 foot by 8 foot live painting for a camp here in PA. This is a different situation for me in some ways, because usually when I do a live painting I am also the speaker, so I’m also there to talk the viewers through what I’m thinking. This time I’m only doing the painting. My first run at a sketch just didn’t work so for the next run, I went classic. Their theme is on finding fulfillment, so I just did a straight up Jesus, since He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, He is the fulfillment of the OT law, of Scripture and, at least in my view, the ultimate source of fulfillment.

Why am I cross posting this one? Art is communication. If we want people to get our meaning, we need to make it speak clearly. My first run at this was misunderstood or maybe more correctly was just not understood and while, as I stated above, had I been the speaker, I would have been able to explain the piece to the audience and they would have gotten it. That’s all well and good if that audience is the only group to see the piece, but this piece will be kept and displayed probably for quite some time to be seen by people who were not in attendance when I made it. They need to get it too if I want the art to fulfill a greater purpose. Sometimes it’s best to keep a piece simple so it can be understood. An open armed Christ speaks volumes.

I saw this image one day on Facebook and I almost fell out of my chair. One of the funniest things I have ever seen, unless you happen to be this mother…
Is your message coming though loud and clear and is it the one you intended?
Now I know this is a child’s artwork and it is highly excusable, but when we are trying to communicate a message with our work, especially when that message is the Gospel, it is really important to check yourself, or better yet have someone else have a look to see if you’re clear. This can be a tough thing for creatives. We already know what we’re trying to say so of course it’s clear to us but will it have the desired effect on the people we are trying to reach with our message?

This funny illustration has a really powerful message… Clarity is really, really important.

Is your message coming though loud and clear and is it the one you intended?
Do your best to be understood.