Are artists born or made? Our culture tends to think they’re born. We put artists on a pedestal while hailing their predetermined genius. This mindset encourages a shallow, superstitious distance, and makes artists seem just weird. No, I think artists are mostly made. Mostly. I have met artists who were born a genius, […]
What happens when you take: 4 VineArts artists, 3 Envision artists, and 3 Fresco Arts Academy high school artists …all of whom have faith in Christ, discipline in visual art, and a heart to serve others… And you set them loose on a college worship event? Two days ago, the […]
A pastor once asked me, “What is a typical day like for you?” I had a hard time answering because there is no typical day. This was my day yesterday.
Criss cross applesauce! This morning 156 kids created art inside and outside the VineArts Studio as part of Vacation Bible School. I invited the kids to listen for God’s leading, and then we invited God to show each of us an image to draw and paint with wax resist and […]
Last Wednesday an artist painted on my life, and on the lives of 45 others. Dean Estes spoke at our “Envision” gathering on being a whole, unfragmented artist; he says we are all ministers who can speak life into those around us. He invited photographer Chad Estes and art missionary […]
God smote me with the following phrase, plain as day, the other morning as I emerged from the VineArts studio: “IT’S NOT A HAT.” Just prior to this moment I had been murmuring to myself, befuddled, after two amazing encounters with artists. I was shaking my head and smiling, stammering […]
“And midway through class, is it okay if I take the children outside for a plein air pause?” Can’t you just hear the silence? What an enchanting way to redirect activities during an art class. Gina always makes me ponder the depths of things. My friend Gina is teaching art […]