Posts Tagged ‘art’


This morning my wife and I are heading out to a pancake breakfast, otherwise known as the annual carb-fest. We’re doing it to support the arts. You see our son is working with a community theater, he’s acting in a show and this past week he helped to lead a theater camp for a week. He led 30 kids through a production of the kids version of 101 Dalmatians. Later this afternoon, they will perform their production for friends ad family culminating a week of learning and fun. I am really proud of my son and the way he is using his teaching gift and his theater gifts to help others to grow in their giftings. Whether he realizes it or not, he’s putting all the principles I’m trying to teach here to work. Don’t tell him, it’s our little secret.

Then when the show is over, Dawn and I will be hustling up to church, where we will lead a Masterpiece Paint Night tonight. We do these for our church about four or five times a year and it is always great to see people come out and try their hands at making art. Even moreso it is good to see my church folks working with people from the community. My purpose in these paint nights is two fold. I want to help people to embrace their creativity, but I’d also kind of like to see some of the folks give my church a try. Don’t tell them that either. That’ll be our little secret, too. But seriously, there’s not really no ulterior motive. It’s just a great way to make friends and build relationships while having fun and it appears to be working. If everybody comes that has said they are coming, it will be the biggest group by far we have ever had.

Why do I share this? Because friends the arts are a great tool for communication and building community. They can help people to learn and grow, build confidence and maybe even find a new path in life. The gifts you have can do tremendous good in our world. Put them to use in your life, and also use them to serve others in your community. Serve others with your gift.

Support the arts.


It’s been a busy week as you can probably tell from the silence on this end. Sorry about that. I will catch us up. On Monday I will be leaving for a ten day ministry trip. I’ll be ministering at two great churches and at my denomination’s annual conference with art and speaking. That excites me. I am also my church’s delegate to the conference and I face that duty with a little more trepidation. While I am so looking forward to seeing many friends I don’t see the rest of the year, there are some potentially divisive issues on the agenda and that bothers me. I have walked this earth long enough to know that when you get more than two people together there is likely to be disagreement. I’ve also been a Christian long enough to know that division is bad for the body of Christ and that God has given us a remedy. He gave us His Word and if we gather around that word in humility and repentance, He will speak truth. This is what I pray will happen. I was trying to think of something that expresses my thoughts and I was reminded of this song. I’m getting ready!

God is good, and my prayer is that we will gather in His love and goodness and that He will heal divisions with His righteousness.


My message for Father’s Day 2017. I pray it blesses you.


Another way to beat creative block and make the most of your creative opportunities.

So you have limited time to be creative? But now one of those golden moments comes upon you. What are you going to do with it? Do not let this moment pass.

It’s happened to me a lot, how about you? You finally get some creative time and you’re either blocked creatively or you spend half the time looking for the materials you need to bring your project to fruition. What can you do about it? Well any Boy Scout can tell you, (because it’s their motto) Be Prepared!

Here’s how:
If ideas are your problem, you should be storing them (See chapter 2). You should have a notebook or a computer file full of them ready for when that moment comes. Then you can just grab it and get started. 

Secondly, you’ll need to organize your materials. If you’re blessed to have a studio keep it stocked and organized. A place for everything and everything is in it’s place. If you don;t have a space, keep a box or a bag stocked with your essential tools and materials ready so when the moment is right, you can grab it and get to work. I keep a sketchbook and my laptop nearby at all times so that I at least have the bare minimum, plus my studio is set up and for the most part ready for action. My area of needed improvement is in organization, but even so, for the most part, I can at least start a project at a moment’s notice.

Creativity and inspiration sometimes strike at odd times. You’ve got to be ready.


This is really a two fold issue. The first part is for those of us who want to read that title and deny it. “I’m not an artist!” you might say. Can I tell you, you’re wrong? When you were a kid you made art, and then someone told you you weren’t good enough or you’ll never get a real job or whatever and you believed it and gave up. Please understand, you don’t have to be a professional artist, the world needs a whole bunch of other skills, etc. That being said, you can still make art for your own benefit and for the benefit of others. Self expression is a wonderful way of dealing with life in this world, so just forget about all those limiting beliefs and make art.

The second part of this is for those of us who already consider ourselves artists. We waste time. We get ourselves in things that we shouldn’t. We play computer games we check our email 70 times a day, etc. We do a whole lot of things that could wait or maybe that aren’t even needed at all. You need to put that stuff away and do the work. I always find it amusing when people act as if artist is not a real job, or that you can’t make a living as an artist. Neither of these things is true. Making a living as an artist is a real job, but it’s also a huge amount of work. If you want to succeed, there is no substitute for doing the work. You know what that means, right?

You’re An Artist… So Make Art!


Another way to overcome creative block.

One of the things I hear creatives say all the time is they just don’t have time to create. Nothing could be further from the truth. Now I will concede that there are times when our schedules are so full or when unexpected things destroy our best laid plans, but for the most part, if we want to badly enough, we can find time to create. Here are a few ideas:

1. Get up an hour earlier and use that time to create.
2. Go to bed and hour later and use that time to create.
3. Identify the time vampires in your life that suck up all your time and give little in return.
4. TV time. Now I do not recommend stealing from your family time. Few thing will make your loved ones resent your work more than being placed behind it, but if all you’re doing is watching TV, why not have a sketchbook or note pad with you to et a little work done while you watch/listen?
5. Make your lunch hour creative hour. 


Of course, these are just a few, there are many more just look for the gaps in your schedule handful some of them with the creative projects that will bring joy to your life and help you accomplish your dreams.


Here’s a creative challenge from my upcoming book, The Daily Creative:

Enjoy, and I’d love to see what you created. Share a link in the comments.