My first of two combatants gaining their form.
My warriors in combat piece is to be much more than simply two men enacting a duel on the battlefield. I am trying to imply, by their very form that for these men are actually persons of character. That they are not here facing each other by accident. That they are here due to years of discipline and character development. The tragedy that it has to be this way. That life demands that the only way to grow, develop and become a good person is to face the very challenges that can kill you. The significance and the honor and the respect this all demands. That this life is about much more than this one physical battle. That the preparation for this means I can be prepared for that too. That even this will not be the end, but a new and exciting beginning. That life is a battle and that it will and can if we allow it, to prepare us for just this moment.
To get here they had to develop much more than simply the techniques and skills of manipulating lethal weaponry. My hope would be that the viewer will immediately assume they are men of honor. One look at their bodies will hopefully tell the viewer that certainly physical exercise and diet had a lot to do with who they are. That for them to be here would have to mean that they were men of discipline, purpose , passion and hence character, as they face off for a cause much bigger than themselves.
For example, just a few things you can count on, men who volunteer to fight for a cause have to be confident plus humble. They have prepared for death, knowing they are putting themselves in harms way. Pride, has to be clarified. Pride in your cause is good, allowing pride to govern your actions on the battlefield is dangerouse. Even if they are skilled this cannot be part of the equation, for that can be used against them by the enemy. A man of pride will make decisions that will bring unnecessary risk to both to himself, his comrades, his mission and their goals.
My point is this. One cannot be an effective fighter or leader without being a person of character that can be trusted and depended on. It is simply an inherent truth that to be such a person, in this place and time he will have had to develop many other good characteristics as a person to make this happen.
Lynn Seiser, Ph.D. in her article The Psychology of a Warriors Spirit says this, "A warrior's body may be the weapon, but how that weapon is used depends on the heart and mind of the warrior, their spirit."
On the left is Michelangelo's David. Of all the sculptures of David this one stands out in my mind. Michelangelo's form of this young man just punctuates this point. What was David doing as a young shepherd boy, living in nature day and night taking care of his fathers sheep? Now that we can look back on David's life through the Biblical historical events, the poetry he wrote, other writings and legends it becomes very clear that he was busy becoming a well rounded man of charecter. Basicaly his job alone took care of a lot of it. His skills in dealing with and protecting his sheep brought about the development of a lot of the basic aspects of good character. Along with that his skills and courage in the daily routine of protecting his sheep from predators. No wonder he was so skilled with his slingshot. Along with that he developed a keen awareness of the God who created and sustained the very nature in which he and his sheep lived. Becoming a warrior was never a priority, yet when the time came, this life of being a shepherd made him a natural.
Interestingly though, when it came to leadership his experience in shepherding sheep had prepared him in so many ways to lead men and a nation. He gained the basic instincts and skills needed to be just the man for his time. A man with an amazing set of gifts, skills and spiritual confidence that made him the leader and hero the nation needed. Above all, basic to all he was and the success he experienced was the fact that he chose to let this "life" make him a man after God's own heart!
I am told that these were the last words of David.
“He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
a morning without clouds,
like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
by clear shining after rain.”
Drop in, have a coffee and some goodies while you do your Christmas shopping. There will be a lot of unique creative items for sale, just what you need to round out your gift giving this year.
Meanwhile you can also meet many of the artists. Everyone is now ramping up their creative efforts as they prepare for the two day sale. Look at their work, ask them questions, they just love to talk about their what they are doing. You will always learn something new.
This is me at my studio of lights!
Looking forward to meeting you all Nov. 29, '14
Hi, my name is Cliff, welcome to my website where I share my life as an art teacher, ceramic artist, photographer, father, businessman, leader and disciple. Basically I'm just trying to keep up with an exciting creative life. Thank you for coming along for the ride. You know, that your reading my blogs will make me a better artist so thank you in advance.