A big part of an artist's calling is the call to serve. I think of the work of an artist throughout history, of commissions and patronage, of crafting for practical purposes and for communal areas. Sometimes I see serving and chores synonymously, which is of course a piece of serving. But it's important to remember the work of service in the artistic field too.
This is part 3 of the Tortured Artist series: you can check out Identity Crisis and Difficult to Love here. The story of Christian singer/songwriter Rich Mullins, "Ragamuffin," was recently released on DVD. A great movie that exemplifies the tortured artist stereotype. And I think it brings up two of the most difficult problems with being both… Continue reading The Tortured Artist Mythology: A Christian Artist’s Dilemma