Great Power and Beauty Await You

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This weekend, great power and beauty await you if you’re willing to stop and be still. I don’t know about you, but the past few weeks, my life has been pretty hectic with lots of work, high school graduation parties and family birthdays. I come from a large family, so between Krista’s family and my family, it seems like we’re going to a birthday party every other week. Now, don’t misunderstand me. I love my work with The Grove, working with artists, writing and film producing…and birthday parties! But everyday, there is a larger life calling out to me. It’s the invitation of God to stop and be still.

When was the last time you slowed down to soak in the beauty all around you? To really be still? It’s essential to creating a beautiful life. Read on…

Can Age Produce Beauty? Artistic Legends at Work

canageproducebeauty Can Age Produce Beauty? Artistic Legends at WorkIf you want to see artistic legends at work and the undeniable truth that age can produce beauty, you’ll want to check out this brilliant photo series in the recent issue of Time Magazine, When Age Produces Beauty. In my previous post, Creativity and the Art of Living Longer, I wrote about artists doing what they love and still thriving in their seventies, eighties and nineties. Today, I want to share these living artistic legends with you and their thoughts on creativity, art, and cultivating a beautiful life.

I love this picture of Mark Di Suvero, cutting steel and welding at 86 years old. Considered America’s greatest Constructivist sculptor, Di Suervo still puts in a full day’s work with steel girders and blow torches. Is this guy committed to his craft or what? Doesn’t seem too concerned about his golf score… Listen to what these other artistic legends have to say about work, creativity, art, and the human spirit. Read on…

Are You in Awe of the Aching Beauty of God’s Creation?

When was the last time you soaked in the aching beauty of God’s creation? Or let me ask you, how does the aching beauty of God’s creation move you? I hope it does. God’s creation could be the very heart monitor you need to check the condition of your spiritual life. The music of God’s creation is all around us and this past weekend, I had a deep soak in the visual artistry of God. A long drive through vineyards, past California oaks, and the Pacific Ocean along Santa Barbara tunes you into the frequency of God’s love like no other. If there is one thing that renews my spirit, it is the beauty of God’s creation. I have a sneaking suspicion that God’s creation does the same for you. Let me share a story. It may inspire you to go for a slow walk or long drive this coming weekend. Read on…

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Can Artists Project the Goodness of God through Art?

[S]teve Kasyanenko from EightM recently interviewed me about how artists can project the goodness of God through art. On EightM, Stephen interviews Christian businessmen and women, actors, musicians, educators, artists, athletes and entertainers from around the world. As one of my goals here on Art, Life & Faith is to help artists pursue their creative calling, EightM is eager to help you find your destiny, call and purpose in life. EightM offers compelling video interviews and stories to teach you how to achieve greatness to radically influence and change the world around you.

In this two-minute excerpt, Stephen and I had a great conversation. We talked about a number of key issues regarding the role of art in the Church and in our culture. Here’s a few questions we explored…


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How to Discover Your Beautiful Strength in Weakness

[A] few years ago, Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton wrote a wonderful book called “Now, Discover Your Strengths.” This bestselling book helps you identify your core strengths so you can focus on building upon your unique talents. I love personal inventory books like this because I’m a life-long learner. (“Learner” is part of my StrengthsFinder profile.) StrengthsFinder by Tom Gath was the followup companion book. Both are excellent books and both sit on my shelf. But what would happen if you were strolling through a Barnes & Noble and your eyes fell upon a book entitled: Now, Discover Your Weakness or it’s companion book, WeaknessFinder? Would you pick it up? Flip through the pages? I don’t know about you, but I’d avoid those books like a coiled rattlesnake. I don’t need a book to identify all my weaknesses. Got that covered, thank you. But what if you found a book that promised to make your weakness your beautiful strength? Read on…

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Neglecting Beauty? Consider the Lilies

Lilies1 768x1024 Neglecting Beauty? Consider the Lilies[dc]L[/dc]ast month, I was walking in my garden and I had a bit of an epiphany: I am guilty of neglecting beauty. Before me were a whole bunch of beautiful, slender lilies. There they were growing and I had completely missed them. In the rush of life, I had forgotten the very things I find pleasure in: simple, beautiful elegance. (These lilies are in our living room…the most massive ones ever from my garden!)

Neglecting beauty is a sure-fire way to sail into the creative doldrums. All of creation shouts before us and we wonder why we’re in a creative slump? Perhaps we’re a bit distracted. I know I have plenty of good reasons and bad excuses to neglect beauty. To name a few…