Art and the Imagination

Art and the Imagination

In this column, I’d like to draw attention to the artists in our midst: the poets, the painters, the chefs and teachers, the authors, the photographers, all those wonderful people whose creativity makes our collective heart sing.  Sometimes I will simply post a link directing you to an artist’s online “home”.  At other times, I’ll piggy-back on what they’ve said or done.  What I hope to accomplish is to expose every reader to the beauty all around, hidden in plain sight in the gifts, talents and abilities God has given to men and women created in His image.  In the process, I hope to expand not just our imaginations but to cultivate our love for beauty.

Speaking of imagination, I’d like to introduce you to a book I read last fall that changed my perception of me. The book is The Surprising Imagination of C S Lewis, and it was authored by Jerry Root and Mark Neal.  In my opinion, the book could just as easily have been entitled, “How C. S. Lewis Did What He Did”.  Better than any other book I have ever read (and I read a lot), it provides a profound look into the various types of imagination used by Lewis throughout his writing career.

Yesterday on his blog, Mark Neal posted an article that I think everyone needs to read.  It’s called, “9 Ways to Cultivate a Beneficial Imagination, With Some Help From C. S. Lewis“.  And the reason we ALL need to read this article is cited near the beginning of the post where Mark says, “I believe our collective imagination has atrophied to the point where we no longer trust it and relegate it to the realm of make-believe.  Author C. S. Lewis had a different understanding that allowed imagination an equal place on the scale with reason.”  WHAT?  Imagination an equal place with reason?  How can this be?

Go take a peek.  And maybe, just maybe, you’ll run into some other familiar “voices” while you’re there.  I only ask one thing:  please don’t forget to come back and tell me what you learned.  I’m anxiously awaiting your return.