Show Me You

quite franklyMandy of Messy Canvas shared this statement on Facebook about a month ago.  After reading the conversation in the comments section and because of my own personal experiences, the words resonated deep within me, and I have not been able to stop thinking about them.

It reminds me of a season in my life that found me starving for authentic relationships.  I was frustrated with the people around me who were unwilling to meet me where I was at.  If I wanted to have any type of friendship, it was going to have to be an at-church-only kind  of relationship. They were not willing to meet me for coffee to share our hearts, or to talk about what God was doing in our lives. If I wanted to see them, I had to go to a church meeting (they had meetings every night of the week).  Then, of coarse, there was an agenda for that meeting.  Agenda is good, and there should be an agenda at church.  However, I desperately wanted someone to be my friend outside of that.  In that time, I wanted to see people.  I wanted to share my humanity with another humans and relate with each other in those struggles.  I didn’t want to go to church again and again to hear another salvation message. I didn’t want to see “their Jesus” – I wanted to see them, to get to know them, & to have a genuine friendship.  This quote reminds me of the importance of meeting people where they are at. Coming to them as another human who also struggles and wrestles with God and be willing to walk along side of them.

In reflecting on this FB status I wonder, why as an artists, is it so difficult to find meaningful connection in the church?



Danmalas by Kathy Klein

With summer just around the corner, I find myself spending more time gazing the flowers around me.  I love what Kathy Klein is doing with her “danmalas”.  I will most definitely being playing around with making some of these this summer.

What inspires you today?

A Conversation On Abstract Art

Does art always need to be representative of something? Does every mark, have to have a meaning or a reason for being there?

lotus mural
sorry for the crappy phone photo

This week I started working on a new mural for the hospital.  The finished wall will look a lot like a recent abstract painting that I did on canvas.  It’s been an interesting experience so far.

With the growing popularity of art journaling, I had assumed that people have a basic understanding of abstract art, and that most people can appreciate expressive mark-making. However, as I have worked on painting this mural, I have discovered that I was wrong.  Abstract art is still a fairly new concept for people outside of the art world.

The first day of working, I got all the basic background up & a base color for the lotus flower. I started running drips down the wall fairly early in the day because I was excited to see how that was going to workout on this large of a scale.  Personally, I think they turned out perfect – I love them. It didn’t take long, however, for the questioning & comments to begin.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked if the drips are on purpose, or what they were going to be.  I find it interesting that so many people need the drips to be something or to have some sort of meaning.  Just having the drips there as part of the background isn’t enough.

I realize that this is a work in progress, and the drips are the darkest part of the wall causing everyone’s eyes to be immediately drawn to them. They will blend more into the background in a few days, but for now I’m kind of having fun watching people squirm.

What has been your experience with abstract art and the public?

Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden sketchbook

I created this piece after coming through a difficult period in my life. During that time I had stuffed a lot of emotion inside my heart. A year later I was still carrying the weight of all this built up emotion. It felt compressed, and packed down leaving me no room for any new emotion positive or negative. In praying about this I was reminded of the scripture Psalm 55:22 that says “Cast thy burdens upon the Lord and He will sustained you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” As I spent some time meditating on this, working through all the old emotion that was stuffed down inside me, I could feel my heart becoming lighter. As I cast my burdens upon the Lord, I sensed them fluttering away like birds. This a reflection of that experience.