After 300 posts, and almost 3 years, I'm taking a break from this blog. I am pursuing other interests this year, including the CS Lewis Fellows Program
, as I've mentioned recently. The Fellows Program is a one-year intensive study program that will allow me to read books and articles by great Christian thinkers, to meet with and discuss the readings with other fellows and mentors, to meditate on and memorize related scripture, and to write about what I'm learning. I've already started the reading and have learned so much already. It's going to be quite a year.
I plan to continue writing my other blog, Beauty and the Beholder
, about the beauty around us. I post on Wednesdays and often discuss art as well as creation. Check it out
if you haven't already.
I'll also continue writing occasional articles, essays, and devotionals and whatever else God leads me to.
I've enjoyed this blog so much and have met many fascinating people through it. Thank you for reading. Thank you, also, to all the artists, art experts and enthusiasts I've interviewed through the years. Artists, stay true to your gift and your faith. And God's blessings on you all.
In the Name of the Greatest Artist of all,
Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry
, poet and essayist, is Image's
Artist of the Month for July. Wiman was raised in a conservative Baptist home but his faith "fell away", he says, in college. He felt its absence, though, and in the past few years has returned to his faith. Read his essay, God's Truth is Life
, in Image's
I'm reading so many fascinating books this summer--some for the CS Lewis Fellows program
and some about creativity and faith. Right now I'm just on chapter two of Luci Shaw's Breath for the Bones: Art, Imagination, and Spirit: Reflections on Creativity and Faith
and I have already underlined much of the book. Here are a few favorite passages from the intro and chapter one:
"The artist, then, becomes something of a prophet: the seer, the mouthpiece. The role of the artist is to call to attention."
"The artists--the prophets too--are called to this role: presenting pictures and models, words, and visions. They have a special calling--to recognize God's creating hand, God's storied art, God's order."
"There is another calling for the artist, and that is one of linking earth to heaven, pointing the human to the divine, finding the connections."
"In art and creativity, we make visible to others the beauty and meaning God has first pictured, or introduced, into our imaginations. In that sense we may each think of ourselves as a small extension of the creative mind of God."
Today my mind is on my friend, visual artist Beverly Key, who I enjoyed coffee with this morning. This post is from my original interview with her two years ago when she talked about how she works and gave some advice to young artists.LeAnne: What are your favorite forms or methods of painting?
I've begun to do large abstract oils, and for many
years now I have been painting large abstact
landscapes on paper with watercolor, where I pour
paint through paper filters using dried beans and peas
and string for design elements. I also do collage. LM: When did you know you wanted to paint?
When I was in first
grade, I tried to sneak a box of crayons into the
grocery cart. As I was growing up I always thought of
myself as an artist. I was one of the ones in school
who was always doing the bulletin boards for the
teachers. Both my parents painted as a hobby so I grew
up with the smell of oil and turpentine. I took some classes after school with a wonderful woman,
Abbott Downing (of course, in south Alabama we called
her,"Miss Abbott"). However, I graduated from college
with a degree in special education, and thought that
would be what I would do. I taught a few years, got
married, had 2 boys and in 1986 we moved to Atlanta.
At that time, my husband and I decided to try to have another child
and I also took some art classes at the Atlanta
College of Art. Since that time I have been painting
professionally. LM: What advice do you have for young or new artists who are Christians?
: I would say "trust yourself". You are the
only person who will see the world the way you see it.
Take confidence in that and draw from your own
experiences. Keep working some every day. Most work
gets recognized because the artist just kept at it.
Hope you had a great July 4th celebration.
Yesterday was a full day for me. There were three points where the arts particularly touched me:
1. During the worship service at church, our back-up worship singer sang Watermark's "Captivate Us." It's a gorgeous, intimate song, and she sang it beautifully.
2. My family and I watched The Incredibles
. The amount of Christian worldview and symbolism in that movie took me by surprise. We loved it.
3. I finished the book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
, a novel about the German Occupation of one of the Channel Islands during World War II. The story was told entirely by letters--the kind that show up in a mailbox. I thoroughly enjoyed that book.
What arts moments have you enjoyed lately? Leave a comment and let me know.
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