Tag Archives: calling

ART AND FAITH 1

Art and Faith 1 I’m currently thinking about Art and Faith because of a class I will soon be teaching at Wesley Theological Seminary, and new work I will create as an Artist in Residence while living on the campus of a seminary. My faith and its mystery are a part of everything in my life, from my interactions with… (more…)

HANDS OF THE SPIRIT: The Musical

For his family and community of Mitchell, Georgia, J.B. was like a fire from heaven coming in the midst of their quiet, small town life. To the world of art, he was a reminder of the joy and passion of creation for a cause beyond oneself. He stirred anger and he stirred resentment. He stirred up a new belief in… (more…)

J.B. MURRAY AND HIS ART

In his early seventies, J.B. Murray (1908 – 1988), a quiet African-American man from rural Georgia who could neither write nor read, suddenly began to write, paint, and draw flowing yet often erratic abstractions. Believing that he had received a vision from God, Murray suddenly began to create art. Murray believed that the Holy Spirit was moving his hand and… (more…)

BELIEVING IN YOUR WORK

We must learn to critique our own work, and part of our critique process is to identify what we like about what we do. There are two practical reasons why this is important. We have to inspire ourselves to put time into our art. To get good takes practice and effort. I’ve found it’s much easier to put in the… (more…)

POSSESSING THE PROMISE by Mary Padgett

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:7 & 8 “You have dwelt long enough in this mountain … go and possess the land.” God had made a promise to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and to their children after them that He would give them the Promised Land. Moses now speaks to the people and commands them to go forward and possess the land that God… (more…)

PAINTED WORD EXPLANATION

I began this series in the 1980s and it sprung up from my newly revitalized faith and my need to express this in my work. As I dug into the often inexpressible truths, I sought a vocabulary of visual expression. “Genesis” was the first painting and I began my painting journey with the first book of the Bible.