Sometimes an image sticks in your imagination. I was going through an online site set up to help you practice your drawing and sketching skills. You enter a number of parameters for the images you want to sketch from (eg, male/female, clothed/nude, static/action, etc.) and a number of minutes for a timer. When you hit […]
I recently discovered something — Artist Trading Cards. Someone gave me a small packet of blank paper cards — 2.5″ x 3.5″. The description on the package said that they were Artist Trading Cards. Apparently, they have social media hashtags and everything. It said the intent was for artists to paint small original pieces of […]
I started following the Proko educational art site several years ago. The site is primarily dedicated to resources and videos for drawing, especially around the human figure, but they recently added in an emphasis on 3D art and sculpture. I enrolled in their first sculpture class, watching the videos and doing the homework assignments. This […]
I have always been fascinated by how our arms and shoulders silently communicate our thoughts and emotions. Working with clay forces us to deal with the fact that the arms are the most slender feature of the body, and thus pose some serious technical issues
Fired terracotta clay, 12″ We live, so often, blinded by the darkness, both around us and within us. The light is there, but our eyes are closed to it. Then something happens, and we open our eyes. The harsh reality of the light both terrifies us, and calls us forward. We are faced with a […]
Can you point to a piece of art which deeply changed your life? One of the features of working with an international missions agency like OM is the fact that we are constantly being exposed to the ways in which God is working around the world. Over the years, OM has become increasingly involved in […]
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7 When I created this piece, I wasn’t thinking about the context of Christmas. However, it struck me on […]
I have spent a great deal of time pondering the process of attaching a title to a piece. I wrote a post some time ago, bemoaning the title of “Untitled” which people sometimes use, and talking about the significance of a title as it becomes an integral part of the work, giving us a window […]
One experience from my time in Italy which I will never forget was the depth of the community, and freedom to open ourselves to each other to hear people’s stories through their art. The vulnerability, honesty and truth which flowed through each person’s unique artistic expression, like a clear stream out of the broken stones of our […]
There is a meme on the Deviant Art web site where I spend a lot of time, called “Draw it Again”. The idea is simply to take a piece of art (drawing) which you did in the past, and draw it again. The purpose is to show how you … have matured as an artist.
One of our major assignments over the course of the Incarnate 2016 program was to create a series of five visual art pieces following a common theme, for the final exhibition. Each student had to develop their own thesis, plan the pieces in the series, and describe how they related to what God was speaking into their lives through His word.
(Low-fire Terra Cotta, 9″ tall) I’ve been following Andrew-Brady on deviantArt for some time. I ran across his piece, “Time and Tide”, and thought it would be a perfect piece to do as a sculpture. What drew me to the painting was the sense of our smallness against the never ending rhythm of the tide and […]