Art as a Collaboration

by Kathleen Huebener in Quote for the Day

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,

And the less the artist does the better. “

                                                       Andre Gide


Collaborating with God to create an artwork… what is God’s part of the collaboration?

He practically gives us a paint shop program, filled with myriad of colors, shapes, patterns, textures, values, selection tools, brush sizes, and the list goes on. He was over-abundantly generous, I might add.


What we bring to the table of collaboration is our uniqueness. How we use the tools God has given us depends on us.


“Keep it simple” could be a paraphrase of the quote, “and the less the artist does the better.” Overworking paintings is a common ailment of artists, leading to lamenting afterwards, “Why didn’t I quit when I was ahead?”


Collaborating with God to create art is the way to go!