Contemplating the Wind

The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know from where it comes, or where it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the wind.

John 3:8

I know this passage from St. John. Jesus is instructing Nicodemus of the necessity of being born again. In answering the listener’s question, Jesus draws an analogy between the spirit and the wind with their attendant mysteries. But the same Greek word pneuma is used throughout the discussion, because it means either spirit or wind. I understand why the church has chosen to translate the word as “wind” first and “spirit” last in the above verse. But I have decided to stay with the word “wind” to shift the discussion in a different direction.

The idea I want to address in the above passage is the reality that none of us has control over the wind. We don’t know its origin or destination. We don’t know when it is going to pick up and blow. By analogy, we also do not understand people born of the wind; we cannot control them or successfully manipulate them to fit our desires.

Turning my attention to the world of art, I had a fascinating conversation with my friend from childhood and fellow artist Wayne White. His photography is featured in our Gallery at Redlands. While talking about the art market this morning on the phone, we acknowledged that we cannot predict sales or success. We’re fascinated with studying all that is available regarding marketing, and that is one of my resolutions for 2022. But as artists, the only thing we can do is continue to make our art and cast it into the wind to see if it will sail. No matter how much we learn about the market, it does no good if we are not prolific creators. I love this passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes (11:4):

Keep watching the wind and you will never sow.

Stare at the clouds and you will never reap.

I remember with amusement Kevin Kostner chiding the fledging minor league pitcher in Bull Durham that he couldn’t pitch with accuracy because he thought about it too much. “Just throw the ball,” he challenged. And that is what we artists need to do. We need to keep pitching.

5 x 7″ pencil sketch. $100 plus shipping

I finished a small drawing this morning of an Indian motorcycle with jacket and scattered equipment. I’m trying to draw every single day of 2022 and so far have stayed close to the discipline. This one I thought was good enough to put in a mat and perhaps frame.

I’m ready to return my attention to the Arkansas cabin. Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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5 Responses to “Contemplating the Wind”

  1. gaiainaction Says:

    Enjoyable reading and some wise words… ‘all we can ever do it to cast our work into the wind and see if it sails’.. real good.

    Like

  2. Jan C. Johnson Says:

    Well said, as always! Thanks for this inspiring bit of motivation.

    Like

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