Posts Tagged ‘creative challenge’

Hey everyone don’t forget to check out the new Daily Creative over at There’s a new creative challenge every day. Here’s a sample.
There’s a project every day. I plan top release this as a book by June but in the mean time you can see it every day over there or on the Facebook page. Please subscribe and spread the word.

ccwI was originally going to wait until January 1 to start this, but I decided to get a jump on it and start it today. As a pastor, Sunday is a very busy day and it has been notoriously hard to get a post done on Sunday, so I have decided to make a slight change to the format of this blog. Sunday will now be the day when I issue the creative challenge of the week. The reason for this is pretty simple. I can post these well in advance, as I think of them. Each Sunday will be a new creative challenge and you will have a full week to create your answer to that challenge and post a link to it in the comments below. If you don’t have a place to post your work, you can post it to the AMOKArts Facebook page. I’m looking forward to seeing your work.

This week’s challenge might be a reaction to Friday’s Black Friday mayhem, but in the Spirit of “it’s the thought that counts” The challenge is simple, make at least one hand made gift for someone you love this year. Give them something from the heart that you know will bless them immensely. Then when you’re done tell us about it in the comments below and be sure to share a link so we can see your work!

Confession Time…
There are days of my week where it is really hard to get a post written but no day is harder than Sunday. I’m a pastor and due to a unique set of circumstances, I pastor a church that is pretty far from where I live. I leave fairly early to get there, and even on days where there is nothing after church, it takes pretty long to get home. From there, it seems to be the best day of the week to get together with my son and have some time with my grandson. Add to that the fact that I really like to make Sunday afternoon a time of rest, because God said so and because I need it, I’ve sort of decided that Sunday posts, written on Sunday, have got to stop.

What I’ve decided to do instead is to post my creative challenges each Sunday. I can post these far in advance, you can read them at you leisure and work on them (if you so desire) all throughout the week. They won’t be officially starting until January, this will give me the time to work up a back log of them, so I won’t miss a week or find myself stumbling around Sunday morning trying to keep this commitment when I should be getting myself physically, mentally and spiritually prepared for Sunday service.

I hope you will enjoy these posts and that you will follow along and do some of them yourself, especially if you find yourself blocked creatively.
If you don’t want to wait until January, I have three books that could get you started now.

creacherelectionstripWell another month of art is under wraps. This month has cartoons, pages for a new adult coloring book that I’m not sure I like, a few video clips. It was all a lot of fun. Over 300 pieces of art this year so far. You can find time to make art. You just need to do it.
Just Make Art!
October a Month In Art

herald9If you’ve been following the 2016 A Year In Art page you may be of the belief that I have been inactive. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the last month I have covered thousands of miles, ministered in three states, illustrated a 34 page children’s book and did 100 illustrations for my next two Making Faces drawing books and several weeks of Creacher Cartoons. This is in addition to my pastoral ministry. God has really been blessing me with ideas and the energy to get things done and it’s been great. That’s the thing about being busy. I’d rather get the work done than talk about it.

That being said, this morning, I caught up the 2016 a Year in Art page, and here is July’s Page!

As you probably remember, this year I have challenged myself to make a piece of art every day. Well February is in and I have had another month of art. I’d love for you to check it out. See it here.

By the way, you can follow my daily progress at this page. Keep in mind, I like to publish finished pieces and there are days where I don’t have access to post the pieces, but I am still at work on them.

This morning in my devotions, I was reading Exodus 25 and I came upon the God’s instructions for the implements to be used in the Tabernacle. I am always amazed at the level of detain God gave Moses in these plans, so here’s a thought. What if we took these instructions and drew them. What would the finished piece look like? That’s the challenge for the week.

Exodus 25: 31 “Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. 32 Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. 33 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. 34 And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. 35 One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all. 36 The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.

37 “Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it. 38 Its wick trimmers and trays are to be of pure gold. 39 A talent of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories. 40 See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

Verse 40 is the boundary. It has to be exactly as God described it. I think you’ll see something very important in this. Even with the parameters very clearly provided, by God no less, there is still room of creativity and maybe that’s the point. Sometimes the boundaries help us to know what us to do and give us just what we need to create something wonderful.

Happy creating, Share a link to your work in the comments.