Posts Tagged ‘kul pong klub’

Over the last few weeks or so, I have been spending a lot of time working on building online community and other stuff, so today I had a little bit of a break and I decided to stretch my creative muscled and do a little art. My friends at Kul Pong Klub in Croatia have their creative prompts called Marchartoon. So I decided to make a little art today.
The challenge this year was to combine an animal and a sport. These were fun and a good distraction. I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish them all, but I had a good time and they lowered my stress a bit.

You can see the rest at my Beware of Artists Page.

It’s funny where inspiration comes from sometimes. My youngest son teaches at a pre-school. Today I noticed he has a box sitting here filled with his children’s books for the winter. One of them is a treasury of Christmas Stories by author illustrator Jan Brett. Ms. Brett is one of my favorite illustrators. Her work is extravagantly beautiful. It’s meticulously detailed and probably takes tens to hundreds of hours per illustration. The art is breathtaking.

Now there’s something you need to know. I know nothing of her personal story or how she got where she is today, but looking at this wonderful book triggered a thought that I hope will be inspirational. Today she is an established artist/writer but undoubtedly there was a time where this was not the case—a time when she was a newbie trying to get discovered and that is where the risk comes in. She most likely faced a choice all of us with a creative bent had to face-namely she had to do the work. She had to make the choice to put her whole self into a project, taking the risk of no reward. She had to do all this amazingly beautiful work on that chance that something good would come of all that work with no guarantee. She had to give her very best to a project, not knowing whether or not anyone would ever see it or ever care. It’s the same way with us.

With every project we have a choice. We can put our best into it, trusting that something good will come of it or we can hold back and put out something mediocre, that will not take as much effort, but also may never get the attention of the audience we desire or are called to. Great art was never created based on a cost-benefit analysis. Great art is an act of love. Don’t hold back. Give your best and trust.

Earlier, I shared a video that I sent to a group of young people on the other side of the world. I was honored beyond words to be asked to do that and I am told it was well received. That was not the intent of the project. I saw an online art challenge and thought, “That looks like fun.” I decided to create a series of pieces with no thought of it being any more than good practice and a good time, but I put a fair amount of work into it and the result was an opportunity to share my heart and a little of my faith with some folks I never would have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. The point is, we never know completely what God is up to, but if we will put our best out there, it’s worth the risk.

I was contacted by a fellow artist in Croatia and she asked if I could Skype in to talk to a group of students she works with. Unfortunately with the time difference, their meeting would at a time when I am really unavailable. I made this video for them instead about how I use the internet as an artist and minister.