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Well I know I’ve been a little quiet lately, but here’s what’s been happening. I have finished inktober and am now working on a video containing all the pieces I did for this month long challenge.

Here’s my favorite piece of the month, representing the word “JOLT”

I have the honor of designing a bunch of images for the flower show of our local retirement community. It’s a huge production, with lots of really cool art and the theme this year has to do with superheroes. Here are a few of the pieces I designed.

and finally I am designing stage sets and other graphics for a production of the musical Elf Jr. which my son Chris is directing. Here’s a sample graphic.

I’m also finishing up a series of new presentations for my series, …Like Jesus, which will be making it’s debut Sunday, and I’ll be finishing out the week doing a live painting for the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center banquet, Lord willing.

I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do. There’s one thing I want to say about all this. All glory for everything goes to God. He gave me the ability to do what I do and He provides the opportunities. Beyond His work in my life there is nothing special about me. You need to ignore the internal voices that tell you you’re not enough, put yourself out there, make yourself available, submit your work and your life to the Lord and ask Him to work through you. Then do one more thing…

Prepare to be amazed.


I’ve been having a great time with this little exercise in creativity, and it’s been really fun to see what the rest of the Inktober community has been doing. If you’re new to my page, I joined a challenge for artists to make a daily creation based on a preset list of themes. I decided to work in something I call radical symmetry and in the style of some of my first artistic influences, the car artists of the 60s and 70s. As such these are a little edgier than my usual stuff, and they’re not faith based for the most part, (though I am going to share faith through them at the end, stay tuned) but it has been a lot of fun.

Day 17: Swollen
Day 18: Bottle Day 19:Scorched Day 20:Breakable
Day 21:drain Day 22: Expensive Day 23: Muddy

i’m thinking of creating an advent challenge on social media. Anyone want to join in? Stay Tuned.

A dear friend of mine, refers to a national chain restaurant as “reheat and eat.” The idea being all their “cuisine” is frozen, shipped in, reheated and served. I don’t know if thats really the case, but if it is, that’s what TV dinners are for. When we go to a restaurant, we want more.

Well looking at TV, I’m seeing a lot of reheating. Rather than coming up with new concepts, the networks seem to be taking a lot of the franchises of my teenage and young adult years and bringing them back. Now I will admit, I like a few of them. I really enjoy the new Hawaii Five-O from a few years back and I can’t say any of the “reheats” I’ve taken the time to watch are awful. I just wonder where the new ideas are. Have we really run out of creativity.

Now I am fully aware that making TV is insanely expensive and these reheats already have proof of concept. They’re a little bit more of a sure bet, but still… Artists need to innovate. Where are the fresh concepts, the new ideas? I mean I know Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun, and I know to some degree he was right, but we need some more people out there pushing the envelope.

This might be a great time for you, my dear creative. Make something new. Put it out there and see who bites, and if nobody bites, make it yourself. Pray and create. In a world of reheats, maybe it’s time for your creation to stand out. You’ll never know unless you do the work. Heat up something new!

These are words of encouragement for every creative. It’s the opening of the Gathering of Artisans. This is not long and you need to hear it. It will be encouragement for your journey. Please listen.

If you’ve been around for any length of time on this blog, you know that a guiding verse of this ministry is “Each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others…” 1 Peter 4:10 I love that verse and I love it even more when it manifests. My denomination has a wonderful retirement community not too far from the church I pastor, and we frequently do things with them. It’s always a great blessing. Well one of the things they do is this huge flower show, each year. It’s really an incredible undertaking.
One day in my email, I saw a note looking for volunteers to help out. When I saw the theme of the show this year, I knew this one was for me. It’s super powers and flowers—a superhero theme. I fired off a note saying I would love to help out and told about my passion for cartooning and comic art. Today we met to discuss the parameters of the event. One of the things I love is how much they get the residents involved. There is a wide assortment of really incredible gifts there. I just think that’s great. I not only get to do what I love, but I get to collaborate with a large group of creatives who will get an opportunity to do what they love. It’s a golden opportunity given my gifts and passions and I could not be more excited to get started.

It never ceases to amaze me all the different ways this really non-traditional gift God has given can be used his glory. But here’s the clean little secret… everything God gives is intended to be used to His glory that’s why the verse says “whatever…” So what have you been given? Far too many people think if their gift is one of the big three “churchy gifts” (preaching, teaching and music) it has no use in the Kingdom. Nothing could be further from the truth. Take what you have been given and put it to work. Volunteer, let people know you’re out there and do all God has given you. You never know what God can use, but God does and He wants to do great things through you.

As you all know, one of the things I encourage is creating every day. Well for the last 9 days or so, I have been participating in a challenge called Inktober. It’s basically just a challenge to create something each day. Well I got in and really didn’t completely understand the challenge until about five days in when I found the official prompt list. A prompt list is a list of challenges meant to stretch you further. Well, once I found the list, I decided to catch up and play along. Yesterday after a very busy few weeks, I took a creative day and aside from the two sessions I worked on for my masters class, I decided to schedule a day of creative fun, where I played catch up. I now have all nine days done so far. It will now be much easier to stay caught up.

They really don’t take me a lot of time and I’m setting my own parameters. I’ve decided to call my series, The Faces of Inktober, and as such I am making stylized pieces based on the influence I am currently exploring, as mentioned earlier, the car artists of the 60s and 70s. These parameters force me to work on only one thing and finding ways to make the prompt fit my theme. That makes me get even more creative and the parameter of doing only a face and a simple background, keeps me in something I can do in a manageable amount of time. It’s really stretching me and I’m having fun. Further I have decided to do most of my pieces in symmetry. As such I am drawing a very detailed “half face” and then manipulating the art in photoshop to make the completed piece.

Today’s word was precious. Now my first thought was a portrait of my grandson, but I’m not a great realist, so I decided to go with my first instinct instead. Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, because he called the ring his “precious.” This fit much better with the style in which I am working, and it was fun. When I finish the challenge, I am planning on making a video called The Faces of Inktober. Watch for it in early November on my Youtube channel. How do you challenge yourself to grow and to be more creative.

This is a real physician heal thyself post this morning. As creatives, it can become really easy to get so caught up in your work that you skip really important things. On of the key things we need to focus on as creatives is our health. Whether that be spiritual, mental or physical we need to remember that if we’re not healthy, our work will suffer. In my case it’s physical. I ended up catching a really bad cold last week and as a result, I stopped working out for a few days. I can’t really blame myself for this, it’s hard to exercise when you can’t breath without going into a coughing fit. The thing is now I am pretty well recuperated, but I’m still having a hard time getting motivated to do anything physical. This is a problem.

Pretty much everything I do professionally can be done while being fairly sedentary. You sit to draw, you sit to write, and I can sit for hours and not mind it at all because I love what I do. Maybe you’re in a similar boat. If we want to be able to live this life we love for the long haul though, we have to give our health attention. In my particular case, I have two things going against me. First, it’s really easy to wake up and dig in. Secondly it’s easy to work way past my bed time. These things end up feeding each other. Going to bed late makes it hard to get up early, getting up late makes it easy to think I don’t have time to go to the gym.
For me there is no excuse. For the most part, I set my own schedule. It’s not that I don’t work, I work a lot, I just have a flexible schedule. If I don’t take the time, to do what I need to do, I have no one to blame but myself.

I want to keep doing what I do for the long haul, and I want my body to last for the long run. That means I need to carve out the time to take care of myself. How about you?