For many years, The Grove has helped artists explore their deepest longings for more of God, deeper relationships, and creating great art.
The Longing scratches all these itches and offers hope for your deepest longings.
At its core, The Longing is all about the riches of God's generous love...
(Consider reading the post first before watching the video...context matters.)
In many years working with artists, one common theme emerges when I speak with an artist who feels stuck, stagnant or circling round and round in creative dead ends.
And that is the theme of purpose.
If you feel flat, unmotivated, frustrated, or discouraged in your...
The greatest threat to your life as an artist is not difficult circumstances, but a lack of persistence and perseverance to endure challenging times.
Difficulty. Hard times. Challenges.
These are what make you and I better. Faster. Stronger.
Squeezing a green lime into your Corona on the beach may provide you...
Thomas Merton was a Trappist Monk. He was one of the greatest poets, writers, mystics and intellectual minds of the 20th Century.
Merton offers you perfect words for these perilous times...how you and I might live as children of light . . . as the sons and daughters of God.
If we have the Spirit of God in our hearts, we...
The twin evil stepsisters of making progress with your art are Procrastination and Perfectionism.
What is the purpose of these two nefarious Sirens?
Listening to the Siren Songs of Procrastination and Perfectionism reveals the lack of a clearly defined purpose and the specific results you want in your creative...
I'm not a procrastinator or perfectionist.
And I'm not defensive.
Did you heart me? I am not a procrastinator.
I am a "deadline" performer with swaths of last-minute brilliance.
No ego here...really.
I am also not a perfectionist.
I am one with an eye for detail and thoroughness.
I live in the Zen of kaizen...continuous...
"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...
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...
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...
Have you stopped to consider where you are in your story?
To understand where you are in your story as an artist, it's critical to know what a story is and the key elements for what makes a great story.
A story is a character who wants something and overcomes tremendous obstacles to get it.
As a writer and lover of the craft, not only do I...