Month: May 2014

Friday Affirmation

“A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself.” – Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible

Right now we have a beautiful gallery of artwork hanging on the walls of our church. Photographs of nature, paintings of flowers, images of people and splashes of color. We walk past architecture and art everyday, from murals to decorated paper cups. Is it possible that these things are praising God? It is easy to have an overwhelming sense that you are in the presence of worship when you enter a cathedral or listen to a church choir, but what about when you enter Starbucks or hear the radio in your car?

There is an element of praise within beauty itself.

Let’s get lost in the worship of God in the midst of creating art. Let’s get lost in the worship of God when experiencing art. Let’s learn how to be the light of encouragement, coaxing worship from the artists we interact with and celebrating that our God is beautiful.

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” – Luke 19:40

If you haven’t yet, please sign up to join us next Tuesday for Spark!

Have you ever seen a work of art that left you stupefied, silenced, and in wonder? Sometimes creativity has the power to do that, to go beyond what our own minds could even begin to imagine. That, my friends, is the reason I want to start a new blog tradition – Wonder Wednesdays. I will attempt to post every Wednesday something that has grabbed my attention and will (hopefully) grab yours.

Here are some videos of the work of Davy and Kristin McGuire, who combine intricate paper cutting and dioramas with projections, making miniature and large scale worlds come to life on a series of 2D surfaces. Their work is simple, yet beautiful. You can visit their website here. I hope that you all enjoy it…and don’t forget to leave comments!

The Icebook

The Paper Architect

Howl’s Moving Castle

Arts Fellowship Review and Spark!

This last Tuesday we gathered again to talk about our willingness to listen as artists and to share some ice cream. It was great to have so many people take our conversation to a deeper level. The focus of Chapter 2 of The Creative Way can be summed up in three words…journal, journal, journal. I am thankful we could be honest and admit that writing in a journal is difficult to do and that it can look different for different people. I am excited to learn more about what comes from writing or attempts at writing. I suppose that will wait for the next meeting.

I had to leave a little early so I missed what may have been the most interesting part – a discussion of works of art we started but could not finish for one reason or another. Sure many of us are plagued by distraction and being busy, but is there more to it? I believe that what God is doing through our creative process may be the clearest when we are completely stumped or stopped. He wants us to come it him! Having a baby here at home has slowed down all of my creative endeavors, as well as my fix it tasks (I’ll get to it next weekend honey, honest). I sense that in this season God is still at work and still spurring me on to be intentional with the time I do have.

I would love to hear more from you out there. Are you currently in the midst of a project you can’t finish? What is stopping you?

And on the subject of spurring on – has everyone signed up for the next Spark? It will be the evening of May 27th in the Family Center at North Coast Calvary, starting around 7 pm. Even if you are on the fence I highly encourage you to make the time and come. Think of it as a space reserved for complete creative freedom and conversation, where encouragement and innovation are fostered and new connections are made. I hope to see everyone there.

Lastly, would any of you be willing to share images with our blog? I am looking to liven it up a bit and I would love to have you involved. See you all soon!

Arts Fellowship Meeting – May 6th

Tomorrow will be our next Arts Fellowship meeting in room B-108 at North Coast Calvary Chapel at 7pm. We will be covering Chapter 2 and possibly a little of Chapter 3 of The Creative Call. We will discuss obstacles to our creative process, listening, journal-ing, and I suspect, a bit more about ice cream.

It will be a time of encouragement and sharing so feel free to bring your works in progress and your ideas. Bring your own ice cream and/or topping if you remember. And lastly, if you have one, bring a creative project you got stuck on. Let’s try to work through the things that stop us.

See you tomorrow!