When I Draw, I Feel Close to God: Video Interview with Eric Nykamp

[D]o you feel close to God when you’re doing something creative? When you draw, dance, write, paint, film, sculpt, act, shoot, play music or create in any way, do you experience deep pleasure and worship of God (at least some of the time)? Today, I hope you enjoy this video conversation with visual artist, Eric Nykamp, who has experienced what it’s like to feel close to God as he creates. If you’re like many of the creative people I’ve spoken with over the past ten years, chances are you may know exactly what Eric is talking about. You see, when creative people align their gifts and talents with their life purpose and who they believe themselves to be, it’s no surprise they feel close to God. Read on…

CIVA Biennial: Matter and Spirit

This week is CIVA‘s (Christians in Visual Arts) Biennial Conference at Biola University in La Mirada, California, June 16-19. The Grove Center for the Arts & Media, the non-profit ministry I serve, is hosting the Soul Space hospitality area. (Click here for a $50 Friends of The Grove discount.) Please join us for free drinks, snacks, creative projects and a chance to meet other artists from across the United States.

This year’s theme, Matter and Spirit, explores how matter and materiality shape our understanding of both art and faith. Through general sessions, top-notch presenters and workshops, CIVA will present how digital information and the hard and soft technologies that support it are transforming contemporary life. I’m particularly interested in the CIVA conference because…

Seth to Artists, “Stop Waiting!”

[dc]I[/dc]  just read a great post from marketing expert Seth Godin and I’d like to share it with you. Before we glean from Seth Godin’s marketing expertise, I want you to look at this picture with the two empty chairs? See that one…the one with your name on it? Are you waiting for the perfect opportunity? Waiting for that phone call? Are you a visual artist waiting for that painting commission? An actor waiting for that acting part? A writer waiting for that book deal? That recording contract. That movie deal. You’re waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Seth says don’t wait to be picked…