So what happens when the message is misconstrued? Should it matter? Is it my responsibility as the artist? Do I correct people if they get it wrong, or should I merely produce what God gives me and then leave it to Him? I know that he can even use art that was not intended to glorify Him, to move us to wonder or even to tears and to draw us into a deeper relationship.
So back to this particular painting: What do you take away from this? If I tell you my intent, is that sort of like a "spoiler"? If so, consider yourself warned. The painting is titled, "Potential." When I was talking with God,I envisioned a caterpillar who happened across a butterfly collection. He was amazed at all of the possibilities his life held. To look at him, one would never guess all of the beauty he possessed inside- but God knew. His creator knew him. He had potential. He would fly.
My boys, and perhaps you, too, saw this in a different way. They saw this lowly little caterpillar who realized that it was all for not. That he would one day become beautiful to only be pinned in someones collection- a short, nothing life with no real purpose. Truly not my intention, hence do I correct the miscommunication, or do I hope that people "get it"? Should it include the written word? Art is made to communicate after all. But it can also be to challenge people to think, to cause emotion, to delight. Is there an answer? What would you do?