I recently just finished reading David Abram's The Spell of the Sensuous
, which I would definitely recommend to others of a Pagan persuasion, and discovered the following in the chapter notes:
Genuine art, we might say, is simply human creation that does not stifle the nonhuman element but, rather, allows whatever is Other in the materials to continue to live and breathe. Genuine artistry, in this sense, does not impose a wholly external form upon some ostensibly "inert" material, but rather allows the form to emerge from the participation and reciprocity between the artist and his materials, whether these materials be stones, or pigments, or spoken words, Thus understood, art is really a cooperative endeavor, a work of cocreation in which the dynamism and power of earth-born materials is honored and respected. In return for this respect, these materials contribute their more-than-human resonances to human culture.
Artsy food for thought :) Personally, I tend to regard my colored pencils, inks, brushes, pens, etc. as ritual tools themselves. I think they have far more personal relevance to my own spiritual path than any fancy athame ever could (and they would certainly be used more often!).
· originally posted to sphinxmuse