Posts Tagged ‘creative challenge’

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.


Well we’re less than a year from Easter 2018, and I know it seems like that’s a long way off, but I’m going to embark on a project that will take me most of the year to complete and I thought I would invite you to find your own way to interpret the stations of the cross. Now I am not of the Catholic persuasion so I am going to use these as the stations:

1. Jesus Prays Alone
2. Jesus is Arrested
3. The Sanhedrin Tries Jesus
4. Pilate Tries Jesus
5. Pilate Condemns Jesus to Die
6. Jesus Wears the Crown of Thorns
7. Jesus Carries His Cross
8. Simon Helps Carry the Cross
9. Jesus Speaks to the Women
10. Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
11. Criminals Speak to Jesus
12. Jesus Cares for His Mother
13. Jesus Dies on the Cross
14. Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

If you are of the Catholic persuasion you might choose to use these stations instead:
1 Pilate condemns Jesus to die
2 Jesus accepts his cross
3 Jesus falls for the first time
4 Jesus meets his mother, Mary
5 Simon helps carry the cross
6 Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7 Jesus falls for the second time
8 Jesus meets the three women of Jerusalem
9 Jesus falls for the third time
10 Jesus is stripped of his clothes
11 Jesus is nailed to the cross
12 Jesus dies on the cross
13 Jesus is taken down from the cross
14 Jesus is placed in the tomb

Sometimes a 15th station is added, which would be the resurrection. While this is somewhat rarely done, I believe, unless the Lord leads differently I will add the 15th station as a larger painting.

I plan on creating 15 individual works of art around the stations. I will share them here as I complete them. Mine will all be roughly the same size so they can be easily displayed. I’m still seeking direction for how they will look but the more pressing matter is how they will be displayed and what I will do with them. I want to use them I’m my church but I’d also like to use them to take the story to the world beyond. I’d really love your feedback on that. How would you use a creation of stations of the cross to communicate the “greatest story ever told.” I’d also like to know if you plan on doing one of your own and of course I’d love to see your work. Let’s use this project to build some community here and spur one another on to love and good deeds.

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!