I think that there is a positive move lately towards investing in sacred art, and by this I mean religious arts that have been created by people who actually worship the gods, to have as part of their regular religious activities. Not too long ago it seemed that everyone was buying museum replicas (which are nice, and I own some myself, but I recognize that they are copies and often turned out impersonally in a assembly-line system rather than being crafted by the hands of the artist out of genuine passion for the gods), but anymore I have seen people creating for themselves, or purchasing from people who are doing the creating. I have noticed for example that this year I have sold more paintings of the gods then I did the year before, and have seen a prolific number of images of what others are creating for their own household use. This is wonderful! These are by far more valuable than anything one can purchase at a shop of decorative statuary. Religious icons (for lack of a better word that I can think of at the moment) being crafted by worshipers for worshipers and therefore invested individually with a great deal of meaning.
That there is a certain sacredness to certain forms of art can be assured. Think of for example those girls who labored for quite some time to make Athena’s dress for Panathenaea, full of beautiful mythic images. Or any similar occassions for various deities. I for one would love to be able to do complex weavings for Apollon for Hyakinthia and Karneia (and I plan too which is why I am looking into how to build a simple loom). Nevermind that we are given a level of control of how we want to symbolically represent some mythic elements that are not available in romantic-period arts, or even little known epithets of gods that we favor but are not available. We are given such freedom to create in honor of the gods and for the gods that it gives art a greater and more meaningful purpose…and it is to these ends that I have been focusing much of my attention in doing myvarious paintings, especially my Apollon and Dionysos series of paintings. Art is an expression of reality, of inspiration and of vision. So hail Hephaistos, bringer of form, hail Aphrodite harmonizer of elements, hail Apollon leader of the arts, hail Athena, great crafter! Hail gods who inspire the art and aid us in their creations!