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Art, encouragement and stories from creative communities around the world.

The Grief Eclipse

April 8, 2024 was a total eclipse of the sun that passed through the heart of our state. I felt a strong prompting of the Holy Spirit that my husband and I were to drive

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Art Begets Artists

At United Adoration retreats, we fill the area with visual art and begin the session with worship music. The idea is to create an atmosphere ideally suited to the creative process. If you ever attend

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Pharisees, Rebels, and Good Art

Talk to ten people in the art world about what right and wrong look like, and you’ll get eleven different opinions. Should the characters in your script be more diverse, or is it cultural appropriation

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It’s Not All About You

As an artist, it can be tempting to get caught up in self. Pride tells you that when you’re successful, it’s all because of who you are and what you did. It also lies to

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Depicting the Other

This world is full of all manner of different people, and we have a long history of dividing ourselves into arbitrary groups and using that as an excuse to dehumanize and abuse each other. It’s

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Growing Your Ideas

I find that as art grows and matures, it passes through several stages, each of which has its own challenges and requires its own outlook. Seed Stage The first stage in growing your idea is,

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Education and the Arts

In a previous post, I mentioned six steps of growing as an artist, and they showed a nice progression from starting out to maturity. But there was one that didn’t fit neatly into the series:

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Rejection

The making of art requires precious time, energy, and money. But more than that, it requires investing yourself in it, almost as if every piece of art you make has a little piece of your

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Diligence as an Offering

As artists, we all enjoy the times when inspiration gushes from the fountain, when everything flows easily and smoothly and we love what we’re doing. In those times, it’s easy to create art. But other

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