First off – thank you to everyone who came to the Art’s Fellowship meeting last night. It was a rich and convicting time. Thanks to everyone for being open and honest, and for asking tough questions. I hope we can keep the dialog going.

And now for …. lobster? I know that this is unusual, but when you realize this is handmade out of wood, well, you have to be amazed. The artists name is Ryosuke Otake and he designed this for a Japanese Department store exhibition. Making sculptures of animals out of wood that can realistically move is a Japanese tradition, though Otake had never attempted the realistic movement before this creation. Thanks to the Colossal blog for highlighting this to me this morning!

 

And a fun little picture from his Facebook page….

 

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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!

Jennifer George is looking for YOU!

Our photographer friend, Jennifer George (from The Arts Fellowship at NCCC), needs help THIS Tuesday, April 29 at the San Diego State outdoor fair.

She is setting up a booth with images from her photo project that addresses the issues of domestic violence. She is trying to promote the project and really needs some help from a couple of us:

  • Help set up her display from 9:00 to 10:30am (heavy easels and artwork)
  • Any time between 10am to 3pm at the booth (bring your lunch and help for an hour or…)
  • Help break down the display from 3:00 – 4:00pm and get the stuff into her car.

Two or three people would be great!

Please contact her directly at Jengeorgephoto@gmail.com to find out more about this volunteer opportunity.

save the date RocktoStopSDSUFlyer

I have taken too long of a break from this…does anyone remember that last post? The short version is that I am trying to get permission before I post anything to the website, which, as it turns out, delays almost any posting. So I am going to continue to try to make these informative tastes in the world of art, but they will happen less often.

Instead I would like to feature….you! I would love to have posts dedicated to the people in our community. You are all great artists, so step on up!

Next, in a related vein, we have an opportunity. North Coast Calvary wants to create a video “featurette” about what is happening in the art in our church, half informative and half promotional. WE NEED YOUR HELP! In the next week or so the videographer would like to shoot one of each of these:

  • Painter
  • Writer
  • Theatrical performer
  • Dancer
  • Musician
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor/other visual artist

He will work around your schedule so even if you only have an hour on Wednesday night at 9pm, that would work! Let me know by emailing me or commenting on this post.

Next, a continuation of some of the surrealism I have seen in photography as of late:

First off, Laurence Winram from England who uses old-world themes and digital imagery to merge together an unreal but real world. This is one of my favorite compositions:

the watchers

Next up, a photographer from Ukraine (please continue to pray for that country) named Oleg Oprisco who takes high fashion photography and adds a type of whimsy to it. Here are some beautiful and creative examples of making surreal photography happen without special effects:

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Lastly, I want to introduce you to another fantastic photographer….who unfortunately has not returned my email as of yet. Therefore I will only link to him and will not show it directly. His name is Marcus Moller Bitsch and he did some very creative things while taking a photograph every day for the last year. His surrealism echoes Rene Magritte, who really liked to work with a bowler hat and people floating.

Lastly, this is a great resource for exploring art history:

http://www.wikipaintings.org/

I really value all of your input and hope to grow our community beyond the walls of a church! Blogging again soon (sooner than last time)…

It is getting to the end of March (already) which means that next week will be our Arts Fellowship Group meeting on Tuesday night (April 1). Same room (B-108) and same time (7:00 pm). Please feel free to bring snacks to share with the group and any work in progress that you would like to discuss. And don’t forget to take spend some time in our book before coming to the meeting; we will go through a couple of activities from Chapter 2 and discuss listening to God. Also to make our time more fun, we are going to try to spend the first 15 minutes talking, eating, and getting to know one another better.

Now for the fun part….

I have been wanting to share this on the blog for a while but I haven’t had the time the last few weeks. For the better part of the last century, Surrealism as an art movement thrived. It mostly came out in the form of the traditional art forms, like painting:

Salvador Dali (whose painting “Swans Reflecting Elephants” is shown here) mixed the real and imaginary to often odd and charming results. BTW – don’t you love the double image in the water? Surrealism also worked its way into architecture:

Antoni Gaudi’s terraces, an example of his ability to meld organic form with function often feel more like they are grown in place rather than built (Photo courtesy of Beatriz Posada Alonso). The movement has also spread in sculpture, and even into writing, theater, and film. But lately it seems it has taken an interesting direction within photography. Mind you these photographs have been digitally altered, but the blend of art forms is unique and beautiful.

Here are some young photographers whose works have interested me lately though there are many, many others out there.

winter #flickr12days Anesidora VI (and the last)

These two photographs are from Aliza Razell who loves to mix water color, photography, and mythology. You can see more from her on her Facebook page or flickr page.

More to come on Part 2….