Years ago, I had a friend whom I’ll call Michael who was quite successful in the professional theatre world. Michael designed sets for Hollywood films and Broadway productions, and was also an accomplished painter. When he became seriously ill, he asked me to help him “hear God’s voice before he died.” He actually said, “If … Continue reading The Gateway: How do Artists Hear from God?
There was once an artist who messed up badly – and I mean very badly. But despite his failures, some incredibly good things happened through him and he made some of his most beautiful art out of the experience. How did this happen after such horrific personal failure, and how can the same happen for … Continue reading Is My Life Over? An Artist’s Response to Failure
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
This week we interviewed Scott Pingel, principal bassist of the San Francisco Symphony, about his career path and how he's handled the difficulty of the pandemic. Check out his video, transcript, and bio below! https://youtu.be/xCrSDCxKro8 TRANSCRIPT A: So first of all, thank you so much, Scott, for joining us today to be interviewed. My first … Continue reading Hope for Artists in the Face of COVID – An Interview with Scott Pingel
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?
Two weeks ago we posted an open letter from the artist to their worried parents and authority figures. This week, we offer a very similar letter, but with Biblical backing for the spiritual artist. There are many reasons to accept our artistic gifts as spiritual gifts from God, so we hope this helps you connect … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Worried Parents of a Christian Artist
Dear parents (and other authority figures), We know you may not be artistically gifted yourselves. You may not easily understand how we artists think and process life, which is often different (not better or worse) than you. Although you love us, you may not understand what we need to hear. Just like anyone else, we … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Worried Parents of an Artist
This week we interviewed Karen Burgman to learn more about her life as an artist: the challenges she's faced, how she found the opportunities she's had, and how she's been able to impact others through her art. Check out the video and transcript below! ABOUT KAREN Karen Piranian Burgman has performed in Europe, Canada, and … Continue reading God’s Role in Our Art – An Interview with Karen Burgman
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?
You know you’re good at the arts - but now what? Knowing our specific skills both within and outside of the arts is crucial for artists to understand their calling. Once you can identify your skills, you can start to match them to your dreams and make art that is meaningful to both you and … Continue reading The Best Personality Test for Artists