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What's a Visible Soul?

The name "Visible Soul" comes from a quote by one of my favorite authors - C.S. Lewis. In his review of J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Lord of the Rings he describes the characters as having "their insides on the outside". What you see is what you get. They are authentic. Their inner natures are clearly revealed by their outer actions. No pretensions. I like that quality in people.

I like that same quality in art. Authenticity. The inner nature of an artist will show through in his art so why not just be yourself. Why not create the kind of art that you love instead of trying to guess what it is that people want (or what will sell). People appreciate integrity and honesty in art and there will always be some who respond to what you create. The art that you create will speak in a way that no one else can really imitate. You are unique and so is what you create. Relax, art can still be fun.        -DKC-

"'But why,' (some ask), 'why, if you have a serious comment to make on the real life of men, must you do it by talking about a phantasmagoric never-never land of your own?' Because, I take it , one of the main things the author wants to say is that the real life of men is of that mythical and heroic quality. One can see the principle at work in his [Tolkien's] characterization. Much that in a realistic work would be done by 'character delineation' is here done simply by making the character an elf, a dwarf, or a hobbit. The imagined beings have their insides on the outside; they are visible souls And man as a whole, Man pitted against the universe, have we seen him at all till we see that he is like a hero in a fairy tale?"

Quote from C.S. Lewis' review "Tolkien's Lord of the Rings" in On Stories and Other Essays on Literature, ed. Walter Hooper, (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982) p.89