promophotoIt’s not JUST about the art… 

AMOKArts is about PASSION
It’s about a passion to know Jesus and make Him known.

AMOKArts is about VISION
It’s about helping people to find God’s plan and purpose for their lives, to find and use their gifts to glorify God, serve others and make the world a better place.

AMOKArts is about MISSION
It’s about helping churches to empower their people to be all God intended them to be so the church can fulfill the mission God has given them.

I want to help people and churches to have a passion for Jesus, live their vision and accomplish their mission. Art is the tool, but it’s all about Jesus. I’d love to come to your church, participate in your program, paint and call and help people find and use their gifts to serve the Lord. Contact me today!

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Yesterday I had a great conversation. We talked art and ministry and a whole bunch of really cool stuff. We talked Christian arts organizations, the good the bad (maybe bad is the wrong word, more like differences), the ups and downs, ins and outs. It was a great conversation. I have to admit, somewhere along the way, I started to think, what do I have to do to be considered one of those upper echelon artist speakers? How many churches do I need to speak to before someone considers me to be a keynote at one of those larger events? How many blog posts? How many books do I need to write? Pride is ugly like that.

Fortunately, I was also in tune with the Spirit and I began to rebuke those thoughts. I don’t know if I’ll ever be in the upper echelon, but the matter at hand was the people at this beautiful camp in upstate New York. I did Pictures of Jesus, probably my favorite presentation, and it connected. The affirmations from the people were wonderful, but the sense from God was even better. I once again had the realization that I am doing what I was born to do and I felt His pleasure and His presence, maybe even a little “well done…”

Here’s the thing. I can’t pick my echelon. People will thrust that upon me I suppose. What I do get to pick is how faithful I will be. I get to make the most of the opportunities before me. I get to feel my Father’s pleasure. I get to see people touched and moved and blessed. I get to see a “hard earned” testimony bear fruit and some really painful memories begin to make sense in the context of God’s Kingdom. I get to see God move. I am meeting awesome amazing people and getting to see places I may never have seen had I not gotten into this ministry. Lastly, I am having fun.

I’m in God’s echelon. That’s enough for me.

How about you?

How to Create Every Day?

Posted: July 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

Occasionally, someone will speak to me and mention that I am very prolific. It’s true, I generate a lot of work and it’s not just because this is what I do full-time at this phase in my life. I have always created a lot of work. Here are a few secrets to creating every day:

1. Pray: I’m cross posting this on both of my blogs, AMOK folks should appreciate this, dweisscreative folks might be skeptical, but this much I will say, I prayer walk almost every day, and most of the best ideas I have come during this time. Whether you believe in the power of prayer or not, I have to give credit where credit is due.

2. Do not wait for inspiration: I know this sounds hypocritical, especially after secret one, but I don’t wait for inspiration. Waiting for inspiration is at best, asking for creative block and at worst, procrastination. Inspiration is not to be waited for, it’s to be sought, hunted down and captured. Go after inspiration, every day.

3. Start something: “What should I start?” you may ask. Anything. Sketch, doodle, free-write, whatever it takes to get the ball rolling. For example, last night I was exhausted, sitting on my recliner with the TV on mindlessly in the background. My wife was away and my son was at work. I had the house to myself, but I didn’t want to go to bed ’til they got home I began to doodle, a face, this morning I have five new T-shirt designs in my sketchbook and within a few days they will be for sale on my store. Once I had the first one sketched out, I began to think, what about a character that looks happy? what about a droopy face? and before long the juices were flowing. This post is another example. I thought about a create every day challenge I am thinking about entering into on I started to ask myself how I would do that and before long I was writing this post.

4. Keep your tools of the trade nearby: I’m never more than a few feet from my laptop or my sketch book. My sketchbook as an elastic strap around the cover that holds a couple blue pencils and some of my favorite inking pens (Sharpies). I never have to look for my stuff. It’s always there.

5. Keep it simple: I have a friend who is also a cartoonist, but he’s a little further up the “food chain” than me. It drives him crazy to see that I ink my cartoons with Sharpies. Here’s why I do it. If I had set up inking brushes or move to my studio any time I wanted to create something, I would be constantly asking, “Is it worth it to do all that work, for that idea?” and most of the time I would probably just lapse into procrastination. Not to mention I would be separating myself from my family. Using simple supplies, I can get them out at a moment’s notice, no muss, no fuss. I have inked drawings in cars (not while driving), on planes, in shopping malls, in hotel rooms. Simple supplies make it easy to create wherever I am at, which removes another boundary to creativity.

6. Any time is creative time: So many people act as if they don’t have time to create. The truth is we all have time. It may not be a big block of time, but you’d be amazed what you can come up with in the stolen moments, (TV time, social media time, etc.) The main thing is this: To create everyday, you first have to want to create every day. Then you have to do a little work to make creating every day easy, so that you can utilize all those little spare moments. Creating every day keeps your skills sharp, minimizes creative block and let’s not forget the main reason we started creating in the first place… It’s fun.

Go create something!


Confession time: Sometimes being a daily blogger is downright frustrating. When I go and look at the statistics on how many people read these posts, it’s often discouraging. I see that even some of my closest friends, friends who are in this field of ministry, often don’t read it. There are even days when I think, “It’s pointless, let’s just not post for a couple days and see what happens.” I’m here to tell you, that’s the wrong attitude. Instead we need to do the three things listed in the title.

1. Trust God: My above thoughts are a little hypocritical. Most of my friends in this field are also regular bloggers, and truth be known, I don’t always have time to read their stuff either, as a matter of fact the better things are going, the less time I have to read. I love my friends and they love me, we are just really busy people. No point in being frustrated. I need to trust that the One who called me to this, the One who inspires the posts, is powerful enough to draw the people in who need to read it.

2. Be Faithful: I’m not asking you to become a daily blogger, I’m asking what God is asking, which is that you be faithful in doing whatever it is He called and created you to do. I’m becoming increasingly aware of how little I understand success when it comes to the Kingdom of God. I might be called to reach multitudes or my work might reach a smaller number, some of whom will reach multitudes. Success, at least personal success, is measured by one thing in God’s Kingdom: Faithfulness! Am I doing what God has called me to do? Yes. Have I prayed and given it my best effort? Yes. Have I put it out there for the world to see? Yes! If I can answer yes to those three questions (at least in the creative realm), then I am already successful. The rest is up to God, so see step one.

3. Love Your Audience: Just the fact that you take the time to read what I have to say, at any given moment, is a blessing. When I think about it and realize that God has given me the ability to touch lives all over the world, I am humbled beyond words. I do what I do, first for Him and then for you. The people that read your creations and appreciate your creations are worth their weight in gold. Do not waste time fretting over how many people you don’t have, sow into and love the people you do.

Trust the God who has called you to create to draw the people who need your work to it. Be faithful in consistently producing and sharing your best work. Love the people who are drawn to your work, appreciate them and always do your best to over-deliver.

If you’re reading this post today, Thank you. I pray it blesses you and spurs you on to doing your own good work and good deeds. I love and appreciate you.

Do great stuff today. To God be the glory!

Running A.M.O.K.: Random Musings for the Creative Hands of the Body of ChristI decided since I have only one of my books that I have not released for free yet, Running A.M.O.K. that I would offer it for free. It will only be free until Thursday, so please download your copy today. Running A.M.O.K. is still probably the best book I have written on art and faith because it covers so much ground and so many aspects of this life. It’s a collection of essays some of which were gleaned and adapted from the pages of this blog. I think it’s a must read for anyone trying to connect their life, art and faith. I really hope you will take the time to download it and of course read it.

Remember, you don’t need to have a Kindle to read Kindle books. There is a Kindle app for smart phones, tablets, even laptops.

This will be my last free book for a while (until I write more). Amazon only allows you to offer a free promotion for five days once in the “life” of a book. So this is your opportunity. Pick it up today.

Then, if you like it, please give me a brief review on Amazon and recommend it to your friends. I give these books away because I believe what’s in them is important and I want to bless artists and build up the Kingdom.

Download your copy here.

mark's bossHe’s not the most beautiful piece of art I have ever done but he was fun and I highly recommend you try a project like this to stretch your creativity. I did the piece live as part of a worship service yesterday at the Foundry Church in Wallingford, PA. Usually when I paint live, I have planned and practiced, sketched and I have a pretty good idea how quickly I can finish the piece and how it syncs up with my message. This was different. This was art without a net.

You see, I was asked speak on the topic of Freedom to Fail and so rather than illustrate that topic with the subject matter of the piece, I decided to illustrate it by making a piece where failure was a distinct possibility. Before the start of the service, I asked five people come forward and make a mark on the canvas. I then made a point of using all their marks as part of the painting. Whatever they gave me had to be used, to make the finished piece. I had the length of about three or four worship songs to complete the piece. I think the results were fairly satisfactory.

Of course one wise acre, decided to take my request literally and write the word MARK on the canvas (I asked them to make a “mark, get it?) I wasn’t exactly sure where to go with that so I made it a word balloon. I ended up calling the painting Mark’s Boss. It was quite a bit of fun, and I believe it brought my message home.

You can do a project like this on your own. If you’re not in a live painting environment, sit down with a friend or two or five and make parks on each other’s canvasses, then give yourselves a limited amount of time to finish the project. This project will stretch you creatively and it’s also a lot of fun. Try it for yourself.

My art is currently on display at the Aspire Community Center in Mt. Joy, PA and I am quite excited about it. Most of my art in recent years has been live painting and I really love that, but sometimes it’s nice to slow down and create things that are a little more “developed.” I am currently showing my Creature Discomforts pop art series. All pieces are acrylic on canvas. I also displayed two of my more Spiritual pieces, Dry Bones Live and Ezekiel’s Cherubim. I definitely want to do more of this type of thing, especially in the pop art realm.

If you’re in Eastern PA, The Aspire Community Center is at 45 E. Main St., Mt. Joy, PA. The Display will run from now until the end of August.

Thanks to Chris Ruch for the Invitation and the photos.





creativity kickersI know it seems like I am really cranking things out right now, and to some extent, I am, but truthfully this book has been written for six months, I’ve just been sort of agonizing over how to put it out. My vision was for this to not be a book at all but rather a card file system filled with creative prompts. The problem was to have that made would cost more than anyone would be willing to pay. Then, one day while working on another book, I got an idea. Publish it as a book where people can cut it apart into cards if they desire or leave it in tact and use it as a book. Here is the basic concept:

This unique book contains 500 creative prompts for artists/designers, writers, inventors and anyone who wants to expand upon his or her creativity. Designed in a unique card file format, the book can be cut apart and converted into a card file or left in tact as a reference. There are a multitude of ways this book can be used, from blindly picking a card and doing whatever it says to selectively choosing your next project. The idea is to kickstart your creativity, smash through creative blocks and get you creating.

I hope you like the book, but more than that, I hope it gets you over any creative hump you may be at and gets you back to creating great stuff. Click here to get your copy.