Participating in a community for artists is crucial if we want the “pyramid” of our lives to become stable. Part of the instability we experience comes from identity issues. Honestly, I tried to identify and get rid of my identity issues on my own for years, but I found that I could not make much … Continue reading How to Build a Christian Arts Community
Many artists feel isolated. Many live in a very competitive world that encourages being self-centered, simply as a necessity to survive. But an artist who is isolated—alone—is always in a dangerous place. What does positive community actually look like? Here are some possible answers that I’ve experienced firsthand: Charles and Hasmick's Dinner Parties I had … Continue reading What Does a Positive Community Look Like for Artists?
One of the most important ways to discover more about our identity as artists is to look at the spiritual gifts we’ve been given. Let’s dig a little deeper and really start to explore the nature of these gifts. I believe that God gives spiritual gifts to each person and these gifts become a big … Continue reading What are Your Spiritual Gifts as an Artist?
What am I supposed to do with my life? What kind of job should I have? Or how do I get this “dream job” I so desperately want? Questions like these can fill the minds of artists (and everyone else, too). Before we look at our calling later in this post, I’d like to ask … Continue reading What is My Artistic Calling?
What is your automatic, knee-jerk response to failure? Do you blame yourself for not being perfect? Do you try to deny what happened and hope nobody sees? Does a setback affect how you see yourself for the rest of the day (or even the rest of the week or month)? It may surprise you, but … Continue reading How Do I Respond to Failure?
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see someone who has a sense of peace about their life? Of course, everyone always has some problems, but despite these, do you feel that your life is going well? Do you have confidence about what might happen next? Or does your image … Continue reading Is There an Alternative to Insecurity and Fear?
It's not like I'm curing cancer... How could my paintings make the world a better place? Isn't it selfish to spend my life making music? My art isn't exactly in a "popular" genre... So how could it make a difference? My art IS in a "popular" genre... So how could it make a difference when … Continue reading Can MY Art Make a Difference?