Category Archives: Art Stuff

The NEW “IMAGO Houston Channel” on “You Tube”

We now have the “IMAGO Houston” channel on You Tube,  just click on the lower left sidebar You Tube icon.
Last night, at the beautiful home of Dr. John Robertson, IMAGO Houston held it’s monthly meeting, a collection of artists, musicians, graphic designers and photographers. The first artistically grainy video is S.P. of IMAGO playing the guitar. He is a graphic designer and musician who shared with the group a couple of songs he wrote as well as some art (see below). He is inspired by the Love of God and his passion and talent shows through. Click here to watch one of the 2 performances!

S.P.'s "amen!"

6 Characteristics of Great Logo Design

Being fans of logos like we are here at FYC, we wanted to do a post that served as a bit of a heads-up to the n00bs and a bit of an important reminder for those of us who have been in the game for a few. Knowing that it never hurts to reiterate the basics from time to time, we derived a look at logos that acts to identify some of the more crucial characteristics that take your logo design to the next level of greatness. Like the degrees of separation, we went with the number six when compiling our list of logo must haves, finding these six to play the most pivotal roles in the construction of a great logo. Click on the masthead below to learn more…

Four Holy Gospels Project

Renowned artist Makoto Fujimura has collaborated with Crossway in the creation of a modern illuminated manuscript. The Four Holy Gospels Project will be available in January 2011 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The leather-bound bible will feature five new large works and dozens of smaller “letters” paintings as drop caps. A preview PDF can be downloaded (in the first paragraph) from the Four Holy Gospels Project . You can read read the original press release below. Look forward to more news and previews on this project as January approaches. See Makoto Fujimura’s website for updates.

– John Robertson

Creating Christian Art or Christians Creating Art

Do you pray before you paint?  What about before you set up the lighting for a photo shoot? For inspiration? Creative guidance? Artistic skill?

As a Christian who is also an artist, I am surprised at how long it took me to begin such practices.  Praying for guidance and ability, say, before an exam, became part of my life during college.  I remember distinctly one frustrated night walking to the library, having difficulty understanding a beginning physics class, when I first began to ask the Creator of all things to bless and make fruitful my study time.  I thought, if God is the author of the physical laws that govern reality as well as morality, why not go to him in prayer for assistance with understanding both.  It worked.  That was the beginning of my understanding of physics and of prayer for divine aid with regard to academics.

Why not ask the same thing of the first Artist?  “Create” is the fifth word of the Bible and God’s first recorded action in Genesis 1:1.  Surely, creating art is near and dear to the heart of the Creator.  When we create art, we imitate Christ: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).  But it was about six years before I applied this realization to my art making process.

Now, I pray for guidance, that the final piece would accomplish His will.  Pray for inspiration, that He would be the ultimate Muse and fount behind my work.  I meditate upon the work piece in the same fashion as “…when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”  Deuteronomy 6:7b, that through the process of creating the work, God would minister to me.  (This suggestion may not make sense for other types of work, but I usually create art based on Scripture.)  Then, when I am  done, I pray a prayer of thanksgiving, for the gift of art, for the gift of time to work on it, for the inspiration, the skill, and the final product, asking again that it would accomplish his will.

I don’t know if this would apply to all art circumstances.  But if it applies to Physics, why not Art?

—John Robertson

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Fast Drawing Jesus!

Photos from “Taming the SLR” Workshop #2

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Photos by Jeff Austin

Keittoodles by Beth Keitt Brubaker

Get swept up in the adventure! Join us for the opening reception of

Keittoodles by Beth Keitt Brubaker
Saturday, September 4, 2010 from 6pm – 9pm

(part of the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl in Nashville, TN)

Show runs through September 25, 2010

View the exhibition online

115 rosa l. parks blvd (formerly 8th ave north) • nashville, tn 37203
tuesday – friday 11 am – 4 pm | saturday 12 – 3 pm | after hours by appointment
cynthia@estelgallery.com • phone: 615.251.8997 • http://www.estelgallery.com

“Taming the SLR” Workshop #2 by Jack Potts

Mark your calendars for this educational and entertaining photography workshop by professional photographer Jack Potts. For beginners and advanced photo mavens and the like, this shouldn’t be missed! To see more of Jack Potts’ beautiful work, click on Bohemian Photography.

The Resurrection Mural by Ron DiCianni

“The Resurrection” is a 12’ x 40’ mural, oil on canvas. It is a depiction of the moment of Jesus emerging from the tomb, with waiting angels, fainted roman guards, and a crowd of Biblical notables excitedly waiting for His exit. They include, on right of Christ, Moses, David, Isaiah & Abraham. On the left of Christ are, Elijah, Noah, Esther, John the Baptist & Daniel. These are part of the ones referred to in Hebrews 12:1 as “the great cloud of witnesses.” On the upper right of the painting is the remnants of the place Jesus was earlier crucified, namely Mt. Calvary, also known as Golgotha, the place of the skull.

A friend of mine showed me this art and I want to share it with you, which is the largest mural ever painted of the resurrection and took 2 years to complete. It is beautiful, meaningfully biblical and interesting to look at. The mural was commissioned by and to be placed at The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas. Go to the website  “The Resurrection Mural by Ron DiCianni”, click on “Press/Media” and scroll down to the video to learn more about the artist and the characters in the painting. Contributor: Jeff Austin