The bits and pieces of my creative process, and the journey I have found myself walking in.
On the suggestion of one of my respected artist friends, I found a copy of The Creative Call, and I have started working my way through it. I’m already finding some really helpful content in the first few chapters (such as, the discipline of the “artist’s daybook” or journal). However there is an underlying thread which is bothering me… […]
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.
One of the things which particularly impressed me during my stay in Italy with the Incarnate 2016 school was the heart of the Italian staff at the Centro Evalgelico. The center was built around 50 years ago, outside the small town of Isola (or more properly, Isola del Gran Sasso d’Italia — “The island of the Great Rock of Italy”) as an Evangelical retreat center.
unpacking — sifting through bits and pieces, discovering pearls; buried among the socks – words and gifts
I attended the Incarnate 2016 school as a student. While I mostly enjoyed the freedom of not having a title or role as a leader, there were a few times when I felt disappointed, or even upset at being “left out of the loop”. As I thought about it, I was surprised by my own […]
In February through April of 2016, I attended the OM Arts “Incarnate School of Art in Mission” program, held in Isola del Gran Sasso d’Italia, Italy. The school is an intense, bi-annual training program, designed by artists, for artists who are passionate about knowing and living out God’s call on their lives. There were a total of 27 students, […]
Our relationship with God, and His calling on our lives to serve Him cannot be separated from our art. But, if we are called to be incarnational, to create things which can be seen and experienced out of the invisible nature and working of God, then how do we remain authentic in our creation and […]
Funny how sometimes, themes keep popping up again… In a previous blog post, I described a sketch I had drawn in response to the “Deeply Rooted” theme our pastor was preaching through at our church. Several weeks ago, I went on a retreat with our OM Arts team. We spent four days, bringing together a […]
Ever since leaving my position working in computer support and IT to start working with OM Arts, I’ve described myself as a “Full time artist”. I am not really “full time” in the sense that most people would think of an artist–one who spends the majority of his or her day working through the process of envisioning, […]
One of the practices which I have developed is carrying my sketchbook wherever I go, as a way to reflect on and respond to things I hear. One of my favorite times is during the Sunday morning worship time. I did this sketch in response to a series of messages our pastor brought, entitled “Deeply Rooted”.
When I went to Hungary in 2011, on my first trip with OM Arts, the first thing our team did there was to spend a couple of days in prayer, walking around the city, trying to sense for what God was saying to the people of Baja. After spending that time together, the sense which grew […]
Seven years ago, God called Sue and me to pull up our roots here in the Rochester area and move 1,000 miles to the south to work with Operation Mobilization in the USA headquarters. At that time, I had been working for over 30 years in IT and Software Development. My role at the OM […]