What is Hidden Art?

“Whatever it is, surely art involves creativity and originality. Whatever form art takes, it gives outward expression to what otherwise would remain locked in the mind, unshared.”

The quote above is from The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. This book has inspired me to live my entire life as worship to God in every aspect, even down to washing dishes.

Hidden art is how it began, as something creative inside me, a tiny seed that had been patiently waiting for its time to sprout, now pushing life up through the crust of the earth. The roots are beginning to permeate every bit of soil, the little tendrils feeling for a deep source of water, a wellspring.

To me, living has become art. It is beautiful, profound, and ever-changing, and the colors are quite vivid.


15 Responses

  1. Hello Amada.
    Great Blogg site!
    Debby told me today about Scott, his sister and you in STL.
    I saw Scott at church but I didn’t realize what was going on then.
    Our prayers are with all of you.


    PS. Today we also heard that my dad fell in the bathroom. I talked to him after he received stitches. He should be here next Sunday.

  2. I love your philosophy…and share it, too 😀

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  4. Amanda,

    could you email me at amy (at) inpursuitofproverbs31 (dot) com? I have a question to ask you! :o)

  5. This is a lovely description, I especially like the quote!

    The book it is from is like one big quote. It is fabulous all the way through.

  6. I already loved ya, but now I love ya EVEN MORE! I’ve never read your about page, and I LOVED THAT BOOK! and your explanation of it makes me wanna buy it so I can read it again… *THANKS* for the inspiration! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  7. I think you may like this, it reminds me of your own quote…

    Being creative is not a single act, but the act of living itself. The creative woman is on fire with imagination, ignited by the certainty of her relationship with a living God and her surety of purpose. She lives in freedom, not measuring herself by the lives around her. She takes calculated risks, understanding the value of going beyond the horizon of the known and coming back to report what she has discovered. She tackles life’s challenges with heart, hands, and faith.

    ~Author unknown

    You’re right, I do like this. It is fabulous.

  8. Hi Amanda! I’m Lisa from the Artistic Alchmey group (aka Harper Valley). First of all…I love your collages and your blog. I really enjoy your perspective on life. I also like the way you describe what Hidden Art and creativity mean to you. As I was reading your intro above, I felt like you were reading my mind. You commented on a few of my collage pieces through Flickr and asked “what do trees represent to me?” Right now, they symbolize the desire to be rooted and established in something greater than myself. They also represent strength and depth in life and in character. I’ve also been very drawn to birds and the sky lately. They’ve been popping up all over the place in my work. I just started art journaling a month ago and I absolutely love it. Sorry this is so long! Feel free to write me any time..have a great weekend…lisa

  9. Hi, Amanda. I found your blog from the yahoo artfest messages. What a joy to find a born again Christian in the art world! I live in Tulsa, OK and am a part of a co-op gallery in Oklahoma City. It dismays me that artists there are so liberal and disdainful of conservative Christians. It is almost like being a Christian in Hollywood.
    I make precious metal clay jewelry and I have just recently been dabbling in book binding. I don’t do well with 2 dimensional art and the written word, but I would like to try some things.
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and will bookmark it. Hope we can get together at Artfest. Sarah

  10. Hi Amanda, my blog breaths Hidden Art! It is greater than ourselves and I wish more women would understand the beauty of it! Great post!

  11. Edith Schaeffer’s book has been one of the few defining books in my life. So pleased to meet a fellow fan. Reading this book really changed my view of creativity and the fact that we are displaying the nature of God when we are creative!

  12. Amen Sisters. Wow I feel like I have just found a world of Kindred Spirits. I too am a Follower of Jesus, an Arty and a blogger trying to challenge and inspire people to live the Kre8ive Life. We are made in the image of God and un-be-known to most of us we yern to create (most people just do not realise where this desire came from and who is its source). I am just sooooo blessed to have been blogging today. Fabulous blog I will enjoy following your blogging.

    • By reading your blog, I can tell we have a lot in common. You find beauty and creativity in life all around you, don’t you? So glad you’ve stopped by. I’ve added your blog to my feed reader. Looking forward to reading your view on life. 🙂


  13. Hey Amanda,

    I feel like I’m patiently waiting for my time too. I know i have a gift of creativity in side me….I see it all around me, but now i have a preious gift of my son. So the balance of being creative and responiblity is so tuff.
    I went to school for commercail art for a couple of years and we were constantly journaling. Your journals bring back great memories and insipire me to journal again.
    Thanks Amanda and I’m so happy you get to share your gift and use it!

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