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Art and the Church

In Art on January 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

Some time back I was in a discussion about art. More specifically a few people were mutually lamenting the fact that we see a lot of “Christian” knock offs of current art, usually music, but it carries over to other creative endeavors. It seems you see all kinds of cool stuff in the popular modes of expression, and then you see a Christian version of it, that many times seems like a not as good version. We went on and on and then this gem hit me from a conversation I had with my wife years earlier. She was a music teacher at the time and the issue of sacred music in school came up. The cool thing for a choir teacher is that pretty much any good choir music is sacred. EVERYTHING by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, sacred. Then I realized there was a time that ALL of the good art was sacred art. Anyone that was any good at painting or sculpting or composing music or any of the fine arts was using that gift to communicate Biblical narratives. Now there were systems in place that made that the case that I would not want to return to. But I do wish the church would embrace the arts more. That Christians would feel that the church wanted their art. I am glad that my local church has begun to recognize visual art as a part of worship. There is art all around us, and there are artists among us. I hope the church continues to make space for this expression.

Here are a couple posts that have inspired me as well:

This letter from Scott Erickson, artist in residence at Ecclesia Church in Houston, TX, calls to christian artists to express the art  God is giving to them. And Lee Jost, a church planter in Olathe, KS, writes in Immerse Journal about his own journey of connecting his passion for art with his faith.

What do you think? How are the arts a part of your church? Do you wish there was a greater connection between artistic expression and faith in Christ?

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Joy

In Art, Mixed media, Painting, Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 at 8:23 am
As part of our Advent celebration at my church our pastors asked myself and 3 other artists to do a painting for a week of advent. My week was the third week which is focused on Joy. I first covered my canvas with pages from the New Testament. To tell the truth I did feel very strange cutting the pages out of the bible I used. It was a [New Testament & Psalms] paperback that I was handed at some point in college. It was sitting in a box in my basement so I feel that I, in the words of my pastor, “redeemed it.” It was not doing any good in a box.  So the pages are all of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John along with most of the book of Acts. Then I painted the source of the Joy of Advent. The infant Jesus, God incarnate, the Glory of Heaven on Earth with us. I used #behold because I was reminded that one of the greatest pictures of Joy is when the Angel says to the shepherds, “behold, I bring you good news of great JOY…” You should check out how people on twitter are using the hashtag #behold. I really enjoyed painting this, I love that my church values visual arts. I have some things to say about the church and art, but I will save that for later. What makes this even cooler for me is that this painting now hangs in the sanctuary at New Beginnings.

36" x 48" mixed media on canvas

Stripes

In Art, Painting on January 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

This is the other side of the painting that covered the window in our door. See the previous post about that.

13"x13" Acrylic on cardboard..

Yellow

In Art, Painting on January 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

11x14 Acrylic on canvas

Sports paintings

In Art, Painting on January 19, 2012 at 10:53 am
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16x20 Acrylic on canvas

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14x18 Acrylic on art board

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#nightcity

In Art, Painting on January 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

I did this painting a few years ago to cover a small square window that was in the front door of our duplex. It just felt a little creepy that anyone who came up to the door could just look in to our whole living room. It’s about 13″ x 13″ Acrylic Paint on cardboard.

Kidney Bean

In Life on January 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

I don’t like beans. Green Beans, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, I’m not really a fan of Re-fried Beans either. But when I hear that in this picture, the baby is the size of a kidney bean and has a little heart that is beating away at 167 beats/min, I am amazed. All of that is still secondary to the fact that this is a picture of our baby. #4 will arrive around the middle of August. Just in time for big brother Asa to head off to Kindergarten. We are so excited.

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Reuben is already preparing himself.

Nativity

In Art on January 12, 2012 at 8:58 am

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We made this before Christmas. We made one for all the families in our family [if that makes sense]. I cut the wood with my new [early] Christmas present a compound miter saw. Asa painted the Joesphs* and Judah painted the Marys*. I painted the Baby Jesuses* and glued them together. This design is adapted from one that was on pinterest so I cannot take full credit for the creativity. Since there have been several people that have indicated they would like one too, I will probably make more again. I have it marked on my calendar for early November so look for another batch then.

* I know that this is not proper English to make these names plural like this, but what the heck, I have always had sketchy spelling and grammar anyway.

Scrabble Family

In Art on January 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

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This was a gift for Jodi for Christmas. Just FYI a normal scrabble game only has one “J”

Shema

In Art, Painting on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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Hand painted lettering on pine wood.

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