Well I’m eleven months into my a year in art challenge. I just completed posting the month of November. You can see it here. One more month to go. I have so enjoyed this project and I look forward to sharing what I will be doing in 2017.
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Want to have a paint party? I can help you out with that. Great fundraiser or just a fun activity for the whole family. People get two hours of instruction and come away with a 16″x20″ acrylic painting they can take home. It is fun, interactive and entertaining. Here are two of the designs I am offering. If you’d like to have a paint party for your organization, please contact me.
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I love to draw these things. There’s something about the mystery of drawing an eighth of a design and then seeing what it will look like when it’s all put together. It’s very loose and freeing. This is the closest thing an artist can do to “jamming.” When the TV’s on at the end of a busy day, I just grab a couple of Sharpies and start to jam. It’s fun, plus you know I love to draw some creatures.
Should be out in a week or two.
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One of the biggest parts of creativity is seeing a need and meeting it. I will give you a personal example. July 14, 2015 will go down in history of one of the best days of my life. It’s the day my grandson David John was born. My dad is already grandpa or gramps, so I chose to be called pappy after my other grandfather. I was thrilled and wanted the world to know. I decided to go and buy myself a T-shirt. Of course if I had been grandpa my choices would have been almost limitless, but I have yet to see a single shirt with pappy on it. My wife “grammy” has run into the same thing. Likewise I have yet to see a single “I love my pappy” shirt for my grandson. I think that is about to change.
Pappys and nanas, grammys and pop pops, Omas and Opas rejoice. The Pappy Zone is here. This digital apparel shop will feature shirts and other items for the grandparents overlooked by the mainstream companies. I understand why theses make only a few styles in the most popular names. It would be a nightmare to stock as many different names as there are, but thanks to on-demand printers like zazzle.com if you can design it you can make it. The possibilities are endless. This idea is still in the very earliest stages. At this point I have only one design in the store. So why am I sharing it so early? To show you the possibilities. In this digital world, meeting needs and solving problems is easier and cheaper than ever before. There is a way to do virtually anything you want to do very inexpensively. Create the concept and find a way to produce it.
If you are a creative, the possibilities are endless, so get to work!
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I’m working on this adult coloring book project and I am rounding third and heading for home with it. Again, this is a general market project, not specifically for the Christian Market. I am having a great time working on this but I’ve written about that before. I would have been finished some time ago, except that as I looked at the work, I began to see that there are two books in my one book, so I decided to split the project into two books, which will release simultaneously, I think.
Then something happened. I woke up one night feeling very uneasy. I really don’t like when that happens, but often it feels like God might be trying to get my attention. I believe this was one of those times. Let me first say, I have not drawn anything inappropriate or anything that I would not show my congregation. There’s nothing in this collection of nearly 80 drawings (so far) that I am ashamed of, but as I began to think and pray, a couple of the images began to stand out as something that could lead someone astray. Even though this is a general market book, my first consideration must always be what does God want. My sensitivities were not triggered by these images, but I trust that the Lord knows the heart of every person who will end up with this book and if He reveals something to me, my intent is irrelevant. If I don’t want to be guilty of leading someone astray, I must heed his voice and do what I feel Him leading me to do. In this case, that means a couple drawings I worked really hard on are going to have to be chopped. Also I have come under conviction on the name Mandala. Mandalas are closely associated with eastern religious practices. That’s not what this is about for me. I just feel that the repeating patterns will be enjoyable to my readers, not to mention me as I create them. I have decided to entitle my work something more neutral. I see these pieces as if I were looking through a kaleidoscope so I am going to call them “Kaleidoscopics.”
This may sound aggravating, but whether or not I am creating for Christians or the general market, my first consideration must be doing God’s will and bringing Him glory, followed closely by not leading anyone astray.
A wise man once said the most important commandment was to love the Lord with all your heart soul and mind, followed closely buy love your neighbor as yourself. If we are faithful, We will accomplish both. If you feel the Spirit leading you to edit, just do it.
You’ll probably be glad you did.
Look for Kaleidoscopics I and Kaleidoscopic Creatures I coming soon to a web site near you.
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I have been looking forward to sharing this and now, I can. Over this past Summer, I was looking for some work and I found a new T-shirt company looking for a designer. I made contact and was blessed to find out my work was a fit for what they’re doing. The company is called My God Reigns and the online store is now up and running. I love a couple things about this company. First of all owner Bill Phillips is determined to follow the leading of the Spirit with this company. Secondly a tithe of the proceeds from the sale of each shirt as well as other items, will go to one of several ministries.
Here’s what Bill has to say about his company from the website’s about page:
My GOD Reigns was part of a change of life process I recently went through. I was a very successful IT executive with 30 years’ experience when I believe God had other plans for me. I was at a crossroads career wise. The good old story, working for a management team that did not live the Christian lifestyle and deceit was a normal way of life for them. I prayed about it and God has put me in a place where I pray I can glorify Him. I started My God Reigns after waking from a dead sleep with my mind speeding along with ideas. I needed to get through to folks that don’t know the Lord, or at least not very well; those that are intimidated to walk into a church because of the structure. I felt that I needed to show Jesus in a more relaxed style. A Jesus that is approachable. If people where relaxed around him, they may let their guard down and let Him in a little. Make no mistake, the relaxed approach will still carry very powerful messages. Help someone you know get to know Him. Tell us how we can help. Oh yeah, the most important part….everything you buy, whether on sale or not, we will tithe to one of several missions that we are working with, at that time. You will tell us which one you want your money to go to. We want to make the world a better place. Ask us how you can help.
Our current charities are:
1. Penn State Thon-fights cancer in kids
2. World Hunger-feed the hungry
3. Smile-clef palate surgery
4. Salvation Army-whatever is needed
I love this company and I am looking forward to a long relationship with them. It always does my heart good to do good work that does some good. You can see more about My God Reigns by clicking this link.