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 one of our retreats, you’ll find a space so full of beauty and creative energy that you can’t help but […]

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: education. By “education”, I mean in part that you need to study your craft. There’s a lot of art that […]

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 times, you go to the well, you pump the handle until your arm aches, and all you get is a […]

Heavenly Resonance

Plato believed that this world, while it existed, was not the most real world out there. He was convinced there was another world, one of ideal forms of how things should be, and that everything in this world was an inferior copy of this superior realm. He used his famous Allegory of the Cave to […]

Face the Pain

As artists, we work in paints, ink, clay, and fabric. We fashion truth into pleasing packages. But we also craft with the heart, weaving emotional intensity into everything we make. We use bright, happy yellow, playful pink, serene cerulean, and joyful saffron. But we also use the red of anger, sorrowful indigo, even the black […]

Measure Once, Cut Twice

Some people imagine that artists come to their work with an idea perfectly conceived by their genius intellect, and it springs from their minds fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus. And we as artists can fall for this lie even though we should know better. We imagine that if we were real […]


“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity There is a […]

Sowing and Sabbath

I am a writer. There’s nothing that brings me more joy than having written something excellent. And there’s nothing that brings me more despair than trying to write something excellent. Some days I get a wonderful idea in my head, but as soon as I sit down, that crystal-clear picture turns milky and fades. Other […]

What Is an Artist?

This is the first in a series of articles on the life of an artist written by Cameron Miller. What defines an artist? What makes them who they are? The obvious answer is that they’re people who create art. That’s how the world would define it, surely, from looking at the surface. But I think […]

Creativity as Soul Care

Our work as artists connects us to a Creator, whose wonderful diversity in Creation created you and me, whose works are beautiful and precious to him who created us. We nurture our souls when we spend time in God’s word, learning who he is; when we create, reflecting his glory; and when we basque in nature, letting our creativity be inspired by the wondrous diversity of God.

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