Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #175 — Amazing Art

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partial view of artwork fiber, nails and plywood by Samantha Burns

partial view of artwork
fiber, nails and plywood
by Samantha Burns

I want to direct you to Amazing Art, a blog post by Dave Weiss. It is indeed “amazing” and wait until you find out about the artist.

The picture you see here is only a small portion of the artwork, constructed of fiber, nails and plywood. You can see the entire piece by clicking the link above.

It was hung at a church that used the walls of its worship space as a gallery for the members’ artwork. What a great idea! We turned our lobby area into an art show one year for Easter. It was a wonderful way to challenge our artists to create around a theme (we used the theme “Redemption”), and a great way to display their work for our members to see! Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #173 — ArtWay Resources for Faith & Art

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The Creation by Aaron Douglas 1935, oil on masonite, 48 x 36", Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The Creation by Aaron Douglas
1935, oil on masonite, 48 x 36″
Howard University Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.

“Art is born when the temporary touches the eternal.” G.K. Chesterton

ArtWay is a website that offers a plethora of resources for Christian creatives and artists. Out of Europe some of its resources focus on events and exhibitions in Europe, however, there are a large number of articles to peruse, as well as an opportunity to sign up for a weekly visual meditation, emailed right to you each Sunday! You can also search through wonderful artwork there by hundreds of artists! I’ve also found poetry and wonderful quotes about the arts and faith from some of the “greats” of our Christian faith. Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #171 — Art Lessons from God

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ALFGToday I want to direct you to Tony Snipes who lives to “help creative people discover their purpose.” Sounds like a man after my own heart!! He offers many resources and ideas for artists and creatives.

First let’s start with Tony’s Facebook Page: Art Lessons from God. Here you can find quick links to the latest offerings from Tony. Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #166 — The Bible on Creativity & the Arts

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What does the Bible have to say about creativity and the arts? Although this list may not be exhaustive, it definitely reflects God’s heart toward creation, creativity, artistry, artisans and craftsmen. Please use and share this as a resource for those in creative and prophetic ministry!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #153 — Vonda Drees Art Journaling

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Beloved  (c) 2015 Vonda Drees

Beloved
(c) 2015 Vonda Drees

We’ve looked at art journaling several times this year (you can check out last week’s post with links to the other posts by clicking here). Today I want to direct you to the blog of Vonda Drees: Journaling the Spirit’s Stirring. Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #145 — Theology, Imagination & the Arts

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Transpositions is the official blog of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. With the feel of an e-magazine, it includes articles about, well… let’s see….. theology, imagination and the arts. 😉 Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #144 — Worship & Creative Arts on Facebook

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FBIt’s another Facebook Friday here on Create-A-Day! Today’s group is called “Worship & Creative Arts.” I started the group several months ago as a way to connect with those who’ve I’ve met along this Create-A-Day journey of exploration! Do you know there’s some amazingly creative people of God out there?!?! Connect with them here and be sure to share what God has been doing in and through you on our page! Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #143 — Beautiful Sculpture of Christ

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Brenda Angel with The Lamb of God sculpture

Brenda Angel with The Lamb of God sculpture

Today’s creative inspiration is a video of Brenda Angel, an untrained artist who was determined to create a 16-foot sculpture of Christ on the cross. Her original inspiration for this project was through a dream. She literally dreamed it and then made it into reality through her faith in God to equip her for this task. The sculpture is amazing! Her determination to accomplish the task despite her lack of train is incredible! Definitely worth the watch! The statue is on traveling exhibition. You can connect with Brenda Angel on Facebook to see where the exhibit will be next. Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #141 — Wilderness to Water

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Wilderness to WaterWilderness to Water by Tom Graffagnino is a book that travels through grief to grace by way of the author’s artwork, photographs, poetry, and writings.

According to reviewer Kevin Moss, the book is divided in two:

“The book is split essentially into two halves: ‘Wilderness’ is a monochrome exploration of life’s tough times, explored through sketches, poems and a very thoughtful connecting narrative. Tom’s own wilderness experiences clearly prompt and influence the text, but they are never pushed at the reader. The second half, ‘Water’, is based around colour photography but maintains the poetry and narrative structure, to focus on the ways in which God breaks into our lives, even at the lowest points, to refresh, strengthen and ultimately bring us new life. The two metaphors of wilderness and water are very apt as a description of human experience.”

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #137 — Why the Church Needs Art, Pt 2

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Scott EricksonYesterday we started a four-part video series by artist Scott Erickson called Why the Church Needs Art: Stories of an Artist in Residence. Together we’re gaining wisdom from his experience as an artist-in-residence at Ecclesia Church in Houston, Texas. Time again to grab your cup o’ Joe and join us as we glean some great insights from a fellow artist on the journey of creativity!

Here’s part 2:

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“God’s Creative Gift” Book Review from Artist & Author Sara Joseph

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Release Polymer Clay Relief Sculpture (C) Sara Joseph 11x14

Release
Polymer Clay Relief Sculpture
(C) Sara Joseph
11×14″

Another wonderful review of my book! This one by Sara Joseph, artist/co-owner at Artists Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas and author of Gently Awakened: the Influence of Faith on Your Artistic Journey. Find out more about Sara and take advantage of her wonderful resources at www.christian-artist-resource.com.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #131 — Art Inspired by God

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“Art inspired by God is the highest form of inspiration there is.”

Ivan Guaderrama

Ivan Guaderrama is a remarkable, young artist whose artwork brings the Holy Spirit to its viewer in a very real and visceral way. Listen to these amazing thoughts from Ivan:

“Since discovering the gift God has given me I have been faithful in my search for the purpose in which he has given me such talents. It is more clear to me now than ever that God has given me the opportunity to spread the hope found in His word through art inspired by God. Through my relationship with Christ, my life has made some astounding changes, and no feeling compares to seeing that experience begin to take shape with the many guests that visit our Gallery. Whether or not they are believers in the Lord, there has been countless guests of the gallery that have felt the Holy Spirit move in them through the art they have seen or purchased.  I have no doubt in my mind that it is the message of the Lord placed in the art inspired by God  that is causing such a reaction, the gut level understanding that if you are patient and put your life in His hands He will follow through in His abundant promises. My connection to God never ceases to amaze me.”

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #130 — Art Therapy, Picasso & the Science of Happiness

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Art THerapy

“Can flexing your creative muscles really make you happier?”

I know YOU already know the answer to that question, but watch this inspiring video and watch SoulPancake put some science behind what we already know!! Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #125 — Healing Through Art

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“As long as you find yourself drawn closer to the Lord through the art you produce, you are doing what you are called to do.” ~ Trisha Stern (c) Trisha Stern

“As long as you find yourself drawn closer to the Lord through the art you produce, you are doing what you are called to do.”
~ Trisha Stern
(c) Trisha Stern

The topic of my next book is the artist on the healing journey and the artist as healer, so I was intrigued when I found a Christian Artist Feature on Trisha Stern on The Artistic Christian blog. After experiencing severe wounding trauma in her life, art became the way out of the depths of her grief and pain.

In the words of Trisha, “Art changed my life.” She has much more to say about the power of art!! I encourage you to read the whole feature here. It will inspire you!

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #124 — Scripture Inspired Art

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(c) Mara Bochart Design marabochartdesign.blogspot.com

I’d like to introduce you to the scripture inspired art of Mara Bochart through her BEaUtiful site Shine Living.

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #116 — What is Creativity?

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The Awakening Polymer Clay (c) Sara Joseph

The Awakening
Polymer Clay
(c) Sara Joseph

Speaking on creativity, artist Sara Joseph states:

“If it flows as an outpouring of your walk with the Lord, creativity becomes an organic entity with the potential to explode into unforeseen territories. It is like dropping brilliantly colored ink into a sparkling lake, watching the ink spread and change unpredictably in hue and intensity as it catches the light. The Lord can turn your limited creativity into something far more than you could ever have imagined, the more time you spend with Him and the more you trust Him with it.”

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #110 — Beautiful Bible

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St Johns BibleThe St. John’s Bible is masterful work of art and a wonderful work of God! It’s a Christian artist’s dream as far as Bibles go! In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible. Seven volumes later and the project was complete! I love what Jackson says about the process of working on this project:

“The continuous process of remaining open and accepting of what may reveal itself through hand and heart on a crafted page is the closest I have ever come to God.”

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #107 — Prophetic Word for Artists

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"Passion" (C) Jubal Johnson www.dunamisarts.com

“Passion” (C) Jubal Johnson
http://www.dunamisarts.com

Today’s post was shared by artist, poet, psalmist and photographer Jubal Johnson who shares prophetic words (and other wonderful inspiration) on his website DunamisArts.com. Dunamis is Greek for “power.” His website is dedicated to celebrating the Kingdom of God and its King, the Lord Jesus Christ through visual arts, music, poetry, dance, theatre, film and photography.  Continue reading

Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #91 — Healing Art

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We’ve spent the week examining the value of art from a heavenly perspective. Art can be redemptive or prophetic. It can be intercessory in nature or draw people into worship. Today let’s consider the healing or restorative value of art.

In this article, Christian Art for Healing, author/artist Sara Joseph shares her experience with using her creative process as a way to bring healing and restoration to her heart. She also offers suggestions and creative prompts to help you, as well. A powerful testimony of God’s healing power through art.

In this article, Sara shares this artwork and states:

“To my surprise, in my anxious conversations with God, He brings healing through the process of creating art.

Release Polymer Clay Relief Sculpture (C) Sara Joseph 11x14"

Release
Polymer Clay Relief Sculpture
(C) Sara Joseph
11×14″

I remember a deep concern that I had during a brief, but trying, season with one of my sons that resulted in the polymer clay sculpture shown here. It is called ‘Release’, because I knew that it was what I ought to do. Yet as I worked, it appeared as if my concerns and worries needed to be worked into the clay, before any sort of release could be attempted. So I doggedly expressed all my worries about him to God.”

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Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #88 — Prophetic Art

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I have featured Colleen Briggs and Fragments of Light here before. I want to direct you to her post entitled Prophetic Art.

Fragments of Light

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