The bits and pieces of my creative process, and the journey I have found myself walking in.
Drawing dancers in their tutus, and the layers and layers of translucent tulle has always been a challenge for me … Trying to sculpt this in clay, … that was a technical challenge I had never been brave enough to attempt.
Many of the sketches and drawings which filled my sketchbook during my time in the Incarnate school in Italy came as a response to the experiences I went through there. One of these was the drawing, “Dwelling Deeply”.
When we step into the realm of asking God to speak into and through our art, there is no way of telling where He is going to take us, or take the work which we create. “Sparrow” was my own stumbling attempt to respond to the dark reality of Human Trafficking, and the stories I […]
I have been working on getting connected with more Art Festivals and events in this area. Some events which I have gone to in the past have moved, changed or dried up, so I’m always looking for other opportunities. Established shows have the advantage of history, and often a dedicated following of attendees, but new […]
I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the process of making cups and mugs. However, people keep telling me how much they love the mug that I use for my coffee at work. It’s a simple design, but with a deep brown and red glaze that interacted nicely with the little bit […]
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 […]
I sat down in the studio the other day, with no specific image in my head, other than the desire to create a figure. I started working from a life drawing I drew recently, and the pose with the tilted head began to emerge. As I refined the figure, I saw her, tilting her head […]
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 […]
As I returned from this OM Arts trip to Prague and the Czech Republic, it was interesting to take a step back and think about how God has been working in this country, and in the people we have had the privilege to work along side of. This was my third trip back to Prague. […]
There is something very ancient, even primal, about working with ceramics and the process of earth and fire. As much as I appreciate the advent of computerized controls on modern electric kilns and the ability to precisely control the firing profile, with the resulting high degree of predictability in the outcome of one’s work, I […]
Well, I made it. Sixty. Not surprisingly, my Facebook page filled pretty quickly with birthday wishes from around the world. Most were short, but some reflected people’s memories and wishes. Sara Ying was one of the fellow artists who left me a photo: What particularly moved me about this image, aside from the fact that […]