Illustration by Tanya Nichols
This series of posts throughout the month of March was sparked with you the artist in mind. To encourage you to hide His word in your heart. God exhorts us to hold each other up just as Moses had Aaron and Hur to hold his arms up when he was tired. So I exhort you and encourage you to read His Word in a way that strengthens your inner man. To encourage you to embrace God’s word and use the gifts He’s given to you as you study His word and discover the influence the Word can have outside this in your daily life. Exercise
The next 30 days is meant to be an artistic . Whatever artistic gift you may possess whether it be poetry, painting, sketching or perhaps writing use it as you study His Word. You know when you are your most creative and there’s nothing that says you need to spend to much time on this Exercise, although I have found the longer I let my mind roll through the Word I find bits and pieces that cling to my heart. Exercise
I kept a portion of scripture from Proverbs 1 on my sketchpad as I meditated on His Word. I certainly felt His presence, a peace that settled my heart and mind while doing something I love. Such a lovely way to hide His word in your heart while embracing the gifts He has given to us.
whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.” – Proverbs 1:33
Proverbs Audio – http://www.audiotreasure.com/mp3/Proverbs/
For the month of March as a community we are going to get into the word of God and look together at the book of Proverbs.
Daily we will be posting up one chapter of proverbs along with an illustration that has been created to go with it.
We still have the need for a few illustrations, so if you have the time to provide one to share then please get in touch!
Prologue: Purpose and Theme
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young-
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance-
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline.
Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
Warning Against Enticement
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,
let’s waylay some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, [b]
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot with us,
and we will share a common purse”-
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into sin,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
in full view of all the birds!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they waylay only themselves!
19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the lives of those who get it.
Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom
20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 at the head of the noisy streets [c] she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you simple ones [d] love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
24 But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you-
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me.
29 Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Illustration by Tanya Nichols
So my friend Tanya and I are putting together a cool little project at the moment and we need YOUR help!
What we are looking for is for you to offer to do one or two small, quick illustrations for a little project that we have planned. It’s nothing major and not a huge time commitment, but could be really helpful, and hopefully fun!
So if you have a spare couple of mins to give to the AFC community, please get in touch.
May the Lord bless you,
This is an awesome image created by our friend Rhyse who is a member of the Gospel Graffiti crew.
It was created as part of a little project I was putting together over Christmas.
I love to see God’s people worship him.
Red, Green, and Blue are the Primary Colors. They are the “irredicible components” of white light. All other colors are simply combinations of Red, Green and Blue.
Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow are “Complements” to Red, Green, and Blue. You’ll note that they lie opposite the Primary Colors on our Color Wheel:
The reasons for this are remarkably simple and easy to comprehend!
Red, Green, and Blue, being parts of White Light, are “additive.” This means that as you add brightness to them, they approach White.
In the above graphic, Red, Green, and Blue are added to each other (using the Linear Dodge Blending Mode, just in case you’re in to that sort of thing). You can see that where they all intersect our result is White. Where only two of the Primary Colors intersect is their Complement: Red and Blue produce Magenta, Red and Green produce Yellow, and Green and Blue produce Cyan.
The Complementary Colors, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, are “subtractive.” As you add them to each other, you approach Black (the absence of Light, therefore, the absence of Color).
This is most useful in the printing disciplines. We use inks to absorb light (subtracting it), and the residual reflected light is what you see as the print! The science beneath the matter far exceeds an introductory tutorial, but it is important to understand that C, M and Y are subtractive and are not Primary Colors.
Note: In this case, I used the Linear Burn Blending Mode to demonstrate the subtractive effect.
You may be wondering why the “K” (for Black) in CMY if they add up to Black in the first place? The reason is that inks-both the dyes or pigments used for color and the solutions used to suspend the dyes or inks (the “vehicles”) are imperfect. If you just add amounts of C, M and Y ink together in the real world you won’t end up with black, you’ll end up with a very runny dark brown mess. It’s also very inefficient to use large amounts of ink on print media.
Black ink solves a number of problems associated with producing dark tones with subtractive color.
On your own study:
Black Point Compensation
It’s a very simple question yet deserves a thoughtful answer: where is your hope? In the message? Or the medium?
We live in an age where there can be a lot of pressure upon churches to have the very latest technology, to do away with the hymn books and have projected words displayed on an animated graphic or to have some well-produced video montage instead of a sermon.
None of this in and of itself is wrong but sometimes I find myself wondering whether we have misplaced our hope and are building upon sand. I’m reminded of the words written by Paul,
‘You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did-Jesus crucified.’ – 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (MSG)
Wow! Read that again. Now I hope I can draw out some parallels for us as Christians and artists in particular. I’ve been a youth worker (unofficially) for a few years now and have noticed something striking. Many of the youth conferences that I have been to have had incredibly loud music, a polished band with up to three drum kits (!) and impressive lighting and visual effects and video clips – pretty much everything you could want if you had a huge budget at your disposal! The last thing I want to do is pour cold water upon all the hard work that so many passionate Christians have done for Jesus, but I still feel uneasy. It seems to me that it is incredibly easy to get so caught up in all the hype and gadgets and lose sight of Jesus in the midst of it. Let us be blunt. Why is it that someone comes to follow Christ? Is it not because the person of Jesus and his love in dying on the cross becomes irresistible and we desire to follow a God who became man and is with us in all our suffering and despair and offers hope for a messed up world?
I think sometimes we put way too much confidence in the method with which we communicate. Obviously, if we have a really ‘cool’ youth pastor and a smoke machine at our youth services, will not the young people come to church and love Jesus? But what happens when the world offers them better entertainment or simply the church can’t afford to have youth services that smack of relevancy?
I don’t want to sound cynical or dismissive, that is not my heart. But this is a plea to the church to get back down on our knees and cry out to Jesus. Put your faith in the message of Jesus and not the medium.
So what does this mean for us as artists? It means that we should continue to create the very best art we can that will declare to the world how much we cherish and value our Saviour! It means that we should strive to offer Him all of our talents and follow Him wherever He may lead. But it also means that the art should not become more important than the message we are trying to convey. It means that we should draw attention to the message and not allow our art to detract attention away from the message. It means than in the end we realise that our art will not save people – the gospel will! And perhaps most important of all we should realise that if we truly desire to communicate the message of Christ through our art then people will walk away and criticise it…
‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.’ – 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Love in Him,