Did you know even the sun resonates with sound?
"The Sun is playing a secret melody, hidden inside itself, that produces a widespread throbbing motion of its surface. The sounds are coursing through the Sun's interior, causing the entire globe, or parts of it, to move in and out, slowly and rhythmically like the regular rise and fall of tides in a bay or of a beating heart." (Kenneth R. Lang, Stanford University SOLAR Center).
There are sounds all around us in this universe -- and beyond. Many are frequencies we cannot hear audibly with our ears, but we pick up on their vibrations nonetheless.
Scripture is full of references to the sounds of creation:
"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world." -- Psalm 19:1-4
Deep calls to deep, waterfalls roar (Psalm 42:7). Mountains and hills break forth into song, and trees clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12). Stones cry out if people do not (Luke 19:37-40).
In terms of my art, I think of it like this: something is calling to me and I am trying to record it. Only instead of writing lyrics and composing music, I paint. I want my colors to sing and my composition to draw the viewer in as if they're eavesdropping on an intimate memory, conversation or experience.
Also there's an element of decoding -- what is the Creator of the universe saying to ME? Sometimes I create a painting, and I don't know exactly why. Often the revelation of what it's saying to me comes later. Sometimes it is in the titling of the painting.
At other times, I am greatly discouraged by the silence out there. I think I have to reframe my thinking--this act of creation is a dialogue between the Lord and me. Of course, it is my hope that it will speak something to you, too. But I'm finding I need to lay down my expectations that people are going to react, or tell me about their reactions. I need to create art with pure motives. I hear creation calling out to Him, and I want to join in the refrain...with my paintbrush.