I was using the above piece of artwork in a house group for an exercise and it dawned on me how much time has passed since I created this painting.
CONVERSATIONS magazine is no longer being published. The last edition covered the subject of creativity, and it encouraged me so much. It, however, highlighted how much I have not pursued my creative abilities and not used my given gifts. Fear is a thief that steals my potential and is preventing me from entering into the call to creativity. The use of my art for the kingdom purpose of God. The creator has created me to be creative, actually all of us to be creative in our own unique way.
There has been a process of inspiration and then disappointment, inspiration once more, then a period of dormancy and no creative flow.
Celtic Christian Spirituality has been an inspiration to me and their beautiful illumination and knot work. I also worked as a stained glass artist for a couple of years.
Celtic Worship Series
This Interview Started Me Thinking About Vlogging
Talks from a conference
Communication of the gospel through art
I want to explore this further the following has been taken from an old website I created as I was pursuing the subject of having an art ministry.
I liked this article on the Artisan
Called to Craftsmanship
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman 09-18-2010
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship.'” Exodus 31:1-5
Bezalel was called by God to perform a most important work for Him. I am sure that Bezalel believed that he was naturally gifted with his hands to make fine crafts with gold, silver, and bronze. He probably did not associate it with God’s work. But the Scripture tells us that God chose him and filled him with God’s Spirit to enable him.
Does God call men and women into their vocations to fulfill His purposes – to fulfill that which needs to be accomplished throughout the world? Have you ever thought about how many occupations there are in the world? How did that balance of interest among each human throughout the world happen? Did it just happen? Was it by chance that we have only so many doctors, only so many accountants, only so many geologists?
Your interest in your vocation is not born of your own making. So many workplace believers and even pastors have made the mistake of encouraging us who have a deep desire to walk with Christ in the workplace to pursue vocational ministry. To remove us from the workplace where the greatest harvest is yet to occur would be to remove us from where God called us.
Do not take this bait. Serve the Lord in the workplace where He has gifted you and called you.
I almost made this same mistake when God drew me to Himself when I was 28 years old. I concluded that I must be called to be a pastor. I took steps to fulfill this by leaving my job and entering a Bible school for training. Upon completion, I took a job as an assistant pastor in a church. But God’s mercy allowed me to be removed from that position only three months into it. I was “forced back into business,” where God wanted me in the first place. It was a great lesson. I was never cut out to be a pastor in a church, but a “pastor” in the workplace.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.
I want to buy these pictures sometime!
More info about the artist.
A book “The Principles of Art” By R.G. Collingwood, looks very interesting to read, helping to define the art category.
Bellow is a link:
How to draw a Celtic Knot
I want to pursue my use of art further. The following are some pieces of art I have created over the years as I create my own style and sites of artwork I have found to be of some interest to me.
Very Nice posters that can be reproduced
A picture I created called The Journey
I’m a Sacred Artisan, trying to define what this can be. The following sites I came across as I explore this subject. As I ponder and consider this as a title for myself and develop further, into Art Ministry by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
A Celtic cross I created mixed media in Ohio, Miami County.
Art Ministry Vine Art Boise
Books on Art Ministry
Full Circle A Proposal to the Church for an Arts Ministry
by Nena Bryans
The Heart of the Artist:
A Character-Building Guide for You and Your Ministry Team By Rory Noland
Faith is the focus of this work and to trust in God
A photo I took what does it say to you?
Mary looks at home, a photo I took when this shrine was in my home
A sacred space created for a service done at the church
Some paintings I have done through the years
Some candle holders I made
Celtic cross with the Gaelic work for welcome
Me experimenting with lead and a labyrinth design I designed
Stone paving I did at a retreat center
Paper folding of the cross on black paper I like to create.
Paint your faith
A painting of the resurrection of Jesus
DIVINE RULES FOR THE ICON PAINTER (Traditional)
- Before starting work, make the sign of the Cross, pray in silence, and pardon your enemies.
- Work with care on every detail of your icon, as if you were working in front of the Lord Himself.
- During work, pray in order to strengthen yourself physically and spiritually; avoid all useless words, and keep
- Pray in particular to the Saint whose face you are painting. Keep your mind from distractions, and the Saint will be
close to you.
- When you choose a color, stretch out your hands interiorly to the Lord and ask His counsel.
- Do not be jealous of your neighbor’s work; their success is your success too.
- When your icon is finished, thank God that His Mercy granted you the grace to paint the Holy Images.
- Have your icon blessed by putting it on the Holy Table (of your parish church). Be the first to pray before it,
before giving it to others.
- The joy of spreading icons throughout the world.
- The joy of the work of icon writing.
- The joy of giving the saint the possibility to shine through his/her icon.
- The joy of being in union with the Saint whose face you are revealing.
The Gathering of Artisans
I would like to go to this some time!