Archive for the ‘Art Technique’ Category

One thing I become aware of from time to time is that I spend a lot of time writing about the arts on here but not as much time making art. Today I wanted to change that. We’re having a family vacation soon, a couple of days at the beach and I have to admit the closer it gets the more my mind goes there. We’re going to Maryland, a place known for it’s crabs, so I decided to create a crab. Now I could draw a crab with some effort, but I didn’t want to do that. Instead I wanted to test my skills. I wanted to deal with some limitations. I decided to do the piece in Photoshop using only a few tools. Mostly the circle and/or oval tool and some effects. It was an interesting attempt.

Sometimes working with limitations can stretch your creativity. Try it, impose a limitation on your work and see how what you can come up with.


I loved this little video clip of an artist who has an amazing and different technique. You need to see what he does.

Do what you do. Do it well and…
Dream Big!

This artist gets some really cool textures using a spinning canvas, poured paint, and paint a squeegee. Th paint appears to be acrylic, possibly with some sort of flow medium, though that is not listed on the video’s information. Really cool stuff.

Artist Bernard Pras makes the most amazing portraits. They are room sized assemblages made from all sorts of objects stacked, hung and arranged in such a way that from one particular vantage point assembles into an amazing portrait.

Check them out for yourself here.

Art comes in many forms. Check this one out…

Lotte Reininger was an artist and animator who worked in the medium of cut paper. Her work is remarkable. Here is her take on Cinderella from 1922. This is great stuff that once again demonstrates that we are only limited by our own imagination.

What can you do with what you do?

One of the things we in the church get concerned about over and over again is immorality and rightly so, but sometimes I think we need to look at it differently. First of all for some reason we have relegated immorality to sexual things and while there is no shortage of immorality in that realm, all sin is immoral. The fact that there are starving children in the world is immoral so long as there are people who can help them. Seeing people needing help and not helping them is immoral, etc., etc,. etc.

One day as I was thinking about this, I looked at the word itself and discovered there is only one letter’s difference between immorality and immortality and that one letter looks kind of like a cross, and that’s when it hit me, when we bring the cross into an immoral world we have a very real chance to see immorality transformed as immoral people (all of us because we all have sinned) receive Christ and are transformed to immortality in Christ. As we who are transformed are faithful in sharing the Gospel, we are used bring more and more people from immorality to immortality. That’s what this piece of art is supposed to represent.


I did this in my church and my wife saw another possibility, that when we look at immorality and we look at our choices, what if we looked at the word and saw those first five letters, as in I’m mor[e] like I’m worth more than the choice I’m about to make. I thought that was great as well.

I’ve also thought of another use for this piece. Sometimes we talk about going to heaven with out talking about the cross. When we take the cross from immortality we run the risk of turning it into immorality. We only receive immortality through Christ and His finished work on the cross.

That’s the thing about art. It makes different people see different things, but if we who are make it are careful and faithful, we can use it to share great truth.