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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.

M.C. Escher has done some of the most interesting art ever. His work is very technical and mathematical. Check out these interesting videos of the artist at work.

And here is a way to do a simple version of one of Escher’s trademark patterns, the tessellation.

A Year In Art Continues

Posted: April 2, 2016 in Art Technique, books

elephantcookbookWell March 2016 is behind us and with it 31 more pieces have been added to my year in art collection. It’s been a lot of fun and in truth, many more than those 31 have been created. This is just a random sampling.

Why am I posting this? It’s not to be boastful. It’s to show you that you an do more than you think you can. I recommend creating every day to keep your skills sharp and learn new things and just generally to keep your creativity firing on all cylinders. You don’t have to do a completed piece each day, you just have to do something. Maybe your project is much larger than this, maybe you’re writing a novel or creating a much more detailed involved piece. That’s perfectly acceptable, but the key is to plug away at it a little at a time. Break the project up into manageable steps until it’s done.

However you work, the key to success is finishing the work and the best way to finish the work is to do something every day, giving yourself a Sabbath to worship, rest and recuperate. (In may case, doing multiple pieces most days, I post one of my extra pieces for the Sabbath in the hopes of staying consistent.

You can check out March’s pieces here.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was talking to a loved one about preaching and saying that I would really love to get off my notes and just preach. Her reply was telling. She said “…and be more Spirit led?” That wasn’t at all what I meant. Her feeling was that if I prepared in advance, I wasn’t being Spirit led. Nothing could be further from the truth. My messages come as a result of prayer and there is prayer throughout the entire process. As such the Spirit of God is involved in the entire process (at least when I am at my best and most locked in on God.). I was simply saying I wanted to present the messages in a stronger and better way. I wanted to be more prepared.

The same thing could apply to art. Over the years, people have asked me if I am a prophetic artist and I’m never quite sure how to answer that. Maybe that’s for the best. Whether or not something I do is prophetic is God’s call, not mine. There have been times, quite a few in fact, where I have stepped to the easel on a prayer, asking God to give me an image and starting to paint. There have been times where the piece has been spot on and it was very effective. To be honest, it’s very fun and exciting and freeing. I feel a real connection with the Father when I am doing it. In my opinion though, it would not be wise to say that is the only way to be prophetic.

For example, I never go to the easel on a prayer with no preparation for a six minute speed painting. I only do that type of work when I have much more time to paint. The reason is simple, even with the Lord’s guidance and “bolt from the blue” inspiration, it would take too long to figure out how to make the piece come together. You may see this as a lack of faith, but it feels very practical to me and it takes me back to the first paragraph, coming to the easel unprepared is not necessarily more Spiritual and preparation is not unspiritual.

When live painting there are two things that are extremely important to me. The first is that God is glorified and for me to glorify God is to do the best I can with what I have (time, resources, etc.). The second most important thing is that the work connects with the hearts and minds of the people. I want my ministry time to bear fruit for the Kingdom, whether that be in someone coming to know Jesus or that someone who already knows Him be inspired to use their gifts to serve Him. Because of this, I prepare. It starts with prayer for the idea, then it goes to practice wrapped in prayer, and finally painting the final piece while bathed in prayer. This process is every bit as Spiritual as if I simply prayed and painted. I have presentations that I have done fifty or more times that still connect with people, touch hearts and minds and bring people closer to God. That, like everything else, has very little to do with my abilities and very much to do with God at work in me.

At the end of the day, I believe if a piece of work is used to bring a message from God, connect a person to God, cause someone to reexamine their priorities or repent, or inspire someone to follow or draw closer to God, it is in a sense prophetic. Whether carefully planned or spontaneous is less important than what is the of the utmost importance.

Is the artist connecting with and following God through the process of creation?