Seeing Beyond The Surface: Eye of An Artist


I saw this picture on a blog and was inspired. I haven’t drawn in years. Although my creativity juices in the last 15-years has been released in interior design, I must say, I do miss the creativity and solace that painting and drawing brings. This pictures illuminates it’s essence of expression. I believe art is the design of, or the artisanship of expression.

I have always been fascinated by the ability of an artist to see objects and pictures differently. An artist learns to identify the real details of a picture, not just the ones that are immediately most salient to the perceptual system, which is naturally disposed to focusing on objects and faces. But he looks beyond a surface view.

I reference the eye of an artist to the believer; if he doesn’t train his spiritual eyes to see in spiritual realms, he only has a surface view, which is in the natural. Consequently, his ability to move symphonically and choreographically is limited. I was once told that everything is not always what it appears. In other words, a trained eye can see past the circumstance.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), the great German philosopher whose philosophy is considered by many to be the most important watershed in the last several hundred years of philosophy.

It is interesting that Kant started his journey back to metaphysics by proposing that the very way we think has, in and of itself, certain basic structures or realities. He believed that raw sense experience is just simply that: raw sense experience. It is nothing more–not until we start thinking about it. Our eyes perceive raw material impressions; it is our minds that make this unsorted sense data into true objects, into things that we can comprehend and understand. In other words, our eyes see a collection or arrangement of materials; however, it is our minds that tell us, “These sensory data are what we call a ‘chair,’ a ‘room,’ and a ‘human being.'” This is, in fact, very much like our popular concept of perception in present times. 

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