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God Paints Loosely

Artists talk about tight brushwork and loose brushwork.  Some elements of painting are free form and depicted in broad gestures; others are fastidiously developed.  In my paintings, I employ passages of both techniques in all of my compositions.  Some of my loosely painted areas are graded washes, textures on objects, and flowing, evocative shapes.  It got me wondering, "What could be God's loose brushstrokes?"  Here are a few ideas:   The skies in all their clouded splendor Veins of coal within a mountain Flowing locks of hair on His people Tendrils clinging to one another Seawater splashes on rocky shorelines Molten lava snaking its way downhill Jellyfish tentacles   Can you come up with other examples of God painting loosely?  ...

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One Body, Many Arts

"I really struggled with art in high school.  I just couldn't make anything the right way."   That's what a friend said to me recently.  In fact, what she declared is in line with what most people say about their own experience in artistic environs.   "I am not an artist."   "I can't draw anything right--not even a stick figure."   Perhaps you have even said these things.  Statements like these reveal a misunderstanding about what it means to be artistic by nature.  We are creators by pedigree, manufacturers by design!  The reason for this ontology flows naturally from our theology.  We are all image bearers of the One who created all things, and He has given us an innate impulse to fashion that which is good...

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