5 “P”s – The Second “P” is for Practice

Practice seems at times tedious and like wasted time.  We tend to want the finished product without the investment of practice.  But every skilled musician, athlete, writer or artist knows that the most expressive freedom – the ability to create our absolute best grows out of that very mundane disciplined activity of practice. Many ofContinue reading “5 “P”s – The Second “P” is for Practice”

5 “P”s – The First “P” is for Patience

Sometimes progressing in our artistic skills and abilities boils down to exercising patience.  In an instant technology-rich culture, growing in the character quality of patience doesn’t seem productive.  We hear the phrase a lot in leadership circles to not work harder, but to work smarter.  While that has value under some circumstances, the stretching of our intellectContinue reading “5 “P”s – The First “P” is for Patience”

Why Art?

Why art?  Many would say there are much more practical ways to spend one’s time and energy.  There are incredibly talented artists all over the world.  Does the world really need one more painting or other creative form of expression? Art is many things, but for me in this season of my life, art hasContinue reading “Why Art?”

Observa-tion is the Key to Art

Observation…we discuss it every week in the art classes whether it be drawing or painting.  We often ask, “what did you see differently this week because you took the time to really observe something? The study of art gives us an avenue to view our natural world with fresh eyes and take in all the nuanceContinue reading “Observa-tion is the Key to Art”

Drawing Generations Together

It is exciting to see someone’s talent bloom in any season of life.  For many, it is not until the years of retirement that the schedule allows some time to address a life long yearning to study art.  My grandmother, for example, did not take up painting until she was in her eighties (she lived toContinue reading “Drawing Generations Together”

From the Glorious Rhythm of Life

Observation is a key ingredient in creating art that reflects the beauty of our natural world.  It is often easier to work from photographs and masterful artists have done so for a long time.  But hands down, the most visual information is available to us from life itself.  The nuances of light, the vibrancy of color,Continue reading “From the Glorious Rhythm of Life”

How Time Flies!

We say it often.  Time flies.  As I restart my art career after fifteen years of ministry I look back at my “first generation art” with memories of that time.  My little girl enriched my life in so many ways.  Now she is all grown up.  In many ways her upbringing helped form the pathContinue reading “How Time Flies!”

I Am Still Learning!

  On the last evening of my last Drawing Class we talked about having the attitude of a life-long learner.  Yes, with each day I am still learning in so many areas!  Having the attitude of a learner takes a lot of the pressure off those of us who can be too hard on ourselves andContinue reading “I Am Still Learning!”

An Education in the Arts Impacts the Culture

With the economic pressures we have experienced nationally the past few years and the constant rhetoric regarding budget cuts we often hear about art programs being cut in our educational systems.  Art and music are not seen as important as the math and sciences, for example.  I believe this mindset is short-sighted for some substantial reasons. Continue reading “An Education in the Arts Impacts the Culture”