They mix with all classes of people and are therefore most dangerous.

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Let’s be Dangerous Artists!

Queen Victoria of England once said Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous. That sounds like the kind of artists I want to be, how about you? I want to be an artist that makes more than art, I want to make a difference. Beware of artists is a public art initiative of AMOKArts designed to create art among the people and use it be a blessing, whether that’s helping someone create something that lets out what’s going on inside them, helping someone find a creative talent, doing performance art or simply creating a piece to tell a story or sell to benefit charity. It’s art for the people! If you like things the way they are, BEWARE OF ARTISTS, we intend to change the world.

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Sketch for an Upcoming Event

I’ve been called upon to do a 6 foot by 8 foot live painting for a camp here in PA. This is a different situation for me in some ways, because usually when I do a live painting I am also the speaker, so I’m also there to talk the viewers through what I’m thinking. This time I’m only doing the painting. My first run at a sketch just didn’t work so for the next run, I went classic. Their theme is on finding fulfillment, so I just did a straight up Jesus, since He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, He is the fulfillment of the OT law, of Scripture and, at least in my view, the ultimate source of fulfillment.

Why am I cross posting this one? Art is communication. If we want people to get our meaning, we need to make it speak clearly. My first run at this was misunderstood or maybe more correctly was just not understood and while, as I stated above, had I been the speaker, I would have been able to explain the piece to the audience and they would have gotten it. That’s all well and good if that audience is the only group to see the piece, but this piece will be kept and displayed probably for quite some time to be seen by people who were not in attendance when I made it. They need to get it too if I want the art to fulfill a greater purpose. Sometimes it’s best to keep a piece simple so it can be understood. An open armed Christ speaks volumes.

Confident

Every year I speak at a wonderful camp for adults with special needs, called Haven Camp. This year our theme is confident, so I thought I would create a logo graphic and an animated character for intro videos. This is the character I came up with. What do you think?

Seagull Shirt Idea

Every year when I go on vacation one of the things I love to do is check out the t-shirt shops to see what designs are selling. The other thing that happens every year is I get inspired to create some of my own designs. This year I am taking it further and trying to find a manufacturer, someone who will produce and market my designs in exchange for a small royalty, but before I do I need to get the designs just right, so what do you think of this one?

Red Dude

So I was walking the boardwalk today and I got this idea. I think he’s a t-shirt design, but I’m not sure. I also thought about making him a simple animated talker for a presentation clip. Anyway we had a little downtime between the beach and dinner, so I thought I would rough him out digitally. I’m curious what you think of him.
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Taking a Break

Hey all, Just to let you know, it’s vacation time. My wife and son and I have taken a few days to get away. Now ordinarily I would still be cranking things out, but to be honest, there are times when my family gets, at best, my divided attention. So this week I am letting the art supplies sit for a few days and just being present with them. Sometimes we need to do that too.

In the mean time, here’s a poster I made for my church’s Vacation Bible School a few days back.

No Peaking

Okay first of all, in case you were wondering, I didn’t misspell it. This is a play on words that occurred to me one day. We’ve all heard the story of that person who seemed to have the world by the tail in high school. They ruled the school and were likely a domineering bully. A big fish in a little pond, but when those four years passed, that was it, they peaked in High School. For the record, I can’t say I knew anyone like that personally, but I’m sure there were a few. The thing is, if we live this life properly, we don’t have to peak at all. We can keep growing, learning and expanding our horizons. Basically it involves giving each opportunity our best and to keep reaching for new heights. No I don’t mean some rat race/hamster wheel existence of chasing our tails and never being satisfied. Rather I mean one of limitless possibilities, where we continually ask “what if?” and like the results.

Your Best

I see so many artists on-line who complain that their work isn’t up to par. They compare themselves to others and feel like something less. It’s easy to do and it happens to us all… and it’s POINTLESS. Look, your work today is not your best work. You might think, “He hasn’t seen my work, how can he know?” I know, or a lest I hope. You see if we artists are faithful, our best work is forever before us, because we keep bringing our best to the table every day. If we continue to do that, our work will continue to improve. Keep at it, and in the mean time do the best you can today, hold your head high and enjoy the journey.