Thin Enough to Love

Thin Enough to Love?

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 […]

The Creative Call

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… […]

Isola Hope

One of the concepts we spent a lot of time wrestling with during our time at Incarnate was the idea of Hope. What is hope? What is the anchor for our hope? How is hope related to our faith? On one occasion when we went into the town, I thought I might pick a spot along […]

Sculpt it Again

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.

Final Project

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.

Go with God’s Blessing

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.

Important?

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 […]

Incarnate 2016 — Italy

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, […]

Time and Tide

(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 […]

Authenticity

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 […]

Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted II

Several weeks ago, I went on a retreat with our OM Arts team.  We spent four days, bringing together a couple dozen members of our team, some of whom had not had face time together in many months.  We worked through a number of different activities, exercises, spent free times, meals together — the kinds […]