Jan 30, 2013

In the Middle

Caspar David Friedrich - Abbey in Eichwald

February @ The Studio
Title/theme: "In the Middle" - led by Lancaster artist Paul Pearce.

"Reflecting on the tension that we live in and working it out though the creative process."  This will be a very powerful month at The Studio - addressing the deep questions in life and expressing ourselves, this tension we live in, onto canvas using paint and mixed-media. This is open for all creatives and artists. No need to have painting experience. Just a willingness to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Cost $5 for materials and art supplies.

Week 1 (Feb/6) ~ Surface Tension - the art of knowing
Week 2 (Feb 13) ~ Shalom - the art of giving
Week 3 (Feb 20) ~ Comfort Zone - the art of breaking
Week 4 (Feb 27) ~ East of Eden - the art of living

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE for Feb@The Studio!!! (This is a first!) It's $3 a child per night, so $12 for the month per child up to age 12. To register for childcare: http://lwccyork.com/childcare

We are very exciting to have Paul with us again! His last visit was March@TS last year when we had a month focus on color. You will remember him, he's the guy with the British accent. :)
To sign up for Feb@ The Studio, please email deAnn.
See you next week!

Jan 9, 2013

Thinking Outside the Box

A good friend of mine sent me this article:
What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Creativity.
Because I associate photography with creativity, and feel intimidated by the name Steve Jobs, I wondered if I was going to feel under qualified by the conclusion of the article.  To my surprise, that is not what happened.

Several statements from the article captured my attention as I thought about my photography abilities.

Know Your Talent, Not Stuff~But what Jobs laced in expertise, he made up for in his ability to think outside the box.

Learning the basics of your camera is necessary, but once that has taken place, as you think about the way you engage with photography, where do you think outside the box?  What thins about your photography make it unique?

Thinking Beats Knowing~We can each bring to our field an ability to think differently.  There may be someone who has a better grasp of lenses...but if you can see something that they can't see, you've got all you need to succeed.

Have you ever thought about success in this way? How can you begin to think differently as things capture your attention that you want to share with others?

If these statements are as thought-provoking to you as they were tome, maybe the questions fromt he first article I posted a few months ago would help trigger some creativity:

What perspective do I need in this moment? What lens am I seeing through?  Ask God what He wants you to see.

The concluding statement of the article was this: The most important lesson that I learned from Steve Jobs was that what I know is less important than how I think.

As you engage in photography these winter months, ask God how you can be creative for His glory.

Show your creativity by posting a few winter pictures.  I would love to see them!


Jan 3, 2013

First OPEN STUDIO in 2013

Last night was the first night of our OPEN STUDIO - for $5 you get an 11x14 canvas panel and use of ALL the art supplies including items for mixed-media. I had available "Creative Cliffs" which are visual scripture verses for inspiration, which I suggested be read slowly and prayerfully stopping on any that the Holy Spirit illuminates. Sit with that verse, or word, or phrase and ask God what He's saying to you through that verse...then create from that place. Go where ever He leads.
The video above was shown before we entered our creative project time. BELIEVE in your creative gifts!! What a great evening of sitting at our Father's feet, asking, "What should I draw, Daddy?" with excitement and anticipation in our eyes... and in His.
When we create we must be mindful of His constant presence. Let your art be a response to your worship of Him. This is true worship art.
See you next week at The Studio's OPEN STUDIO. If you are a writer or a digital artist, bring your laptops! If you are a jewelry artist or a fiber artist, bring your supplies and join in the community of creatives as we sit at Daddy's feet and create in the presence of our God in an encouraging and inspirational environment!
If you have any questions, please contact me.
grace & peace,