“Like all art, poems are only hints and guesses that draw our attention to something larger.” - Luci Shaw
Art is a window through which we glimpse the rays of eternity. In this way, all true and good art, whether poetry or pottery, music or mixed media, allow us to see out of our narrowness into an expansive...
Whether you are with others, with God, or with yourself and your art, asking better questions can become a transformational practice and way of seeing the world.
Asking good questions is an art form in and of itself, and one that we can cultivate to enhance our art-making and our relationships.
Persistence. Perseverance. Tenacity. Endurance. Resilience.
These are the character traits of a creative person who simply does not give up.
You may stumble. You may fall. You may win no artistic awards or personal accolades.
But you do not give up.
You are comfortable with being uncomfortable until your creative work finally bears fruit. You...
"We are not in a period of confinement, but refinement."
These words came during a recent call with my friend, Esther Ntoto, who lives in Goma, Eastern Congo as a peacemaker and minister of justice with her husband, Camille. In the past twenty years, over six million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo due...
And as if a pandemic wasn't enough?
Washington State was recently hit with an invasion of murder hornets.
Way off course from their Southeast Asian homes, these two-inch F-15's of the insect world are attacking Washington's honeybee population. With vice-like pincers, the venomous hornets excel at decimating honeybee hives...
Does your art move people to tears?
On a recent call with several artists, one woman stated, "We need art that moves people to tears."
I found her statement provocative and challenging, dismantling any notions of short-cuts and easey-peasey pathways to excelling in my craft.
So far, I've poked fun at Precious Moments figurines,...
Let me say it again, "Words matter."
Eugene Peterson, another great mind and literary craftsman like Lewis, often spoke of "precision" regarding words and the imagination.
The words "Christian Artist" are wholly imprecise.
Are they an Adjective+Noun combo? A Noun+Noun combo?
If they are a Noun+Adjective combo, that's poor...
Your art matters.
Labels do not. Adjectives do not.
I'm going to draft off C.S. Lewis here. I implore you . . . do not call yourself a "Christian Artist." Do not label yourself a Christian Artist.
When you add an adjective like "Christian" to your noble role and vocation as an artist,...
In kindergarten, Barb, announced to her teacher, “When I grow up I’m going to be an artist!” Something inside her young heart found refuge in the joy that came with creative expression. It was that same joy that beckoned her to pursue her bachelor’s degree in painting and eventually took...
“I remember walking into an art gallery in Laguna and staring at the William Wendt and Edgar Payne paintings. I was in total awe. As a ‘want-to-be artist,’ I longed to be able to paint like that,” Toni Danchik recalled.
Though years ago, Toni still finds that the admiration of...