Imagination Congregation Retreat
hey again! lol! some really BIG news to share.....this coming June....i will be teaching in longmont, colorado at "Imagination Congregation"! it's a new faith-based art retreat from kc willis of lipstick ranch and i'm so excited and blessed that she asked me to be a part of it!! it's a 4-day retreat held in kc's gallery/studio and there will be lectures/seminars each morning, workshops in the afternoon, and a special dinner with me & kc one evening....i will speaking & teaching on day 3 of the retreat in june 2011. here's my workshop description...
Layers of Worship
Let us delight in the act of creating, just as God does when He creates! The creative process can be a conversation between you and God....whether it be a form of visual prayer, a collaborative work involving the Holy Spirit, or just using the gift of creativity God has given us to bring glory to Him and delight Him. You will begin by listening to worship music, praising our Heavenly Father, and inviting His presence into our midst while you create. When you invite Him, there is no limit to what you can do! "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." Matthew 19:26 NLT
Paulette will take you through the creation of abstract backgrounds using acrylic paint, your hands, and a few simple tools. Next, you will spend time looking at your backgrounds in different ways, searching for imagery to bring forward. Then with more paint and a few paintbrushes, you'll block out the background and bring the imagery to the forefront. This entire process of bringing together worship & painting is the way Paulette now creates all of her work. She says she's never felt closer to God than when she is creating in His presence. His presence is key to the flow of her creativity. It is a truly transcendent, joy, and peace-filled experience. One that she wants to help others encounter!
---now i don't have class samples for the workshop yet....but it will be along the lines of what i'm currently doing and y'all all know what my work looks like, right? ;) :D
and here's a little about the retreat from kc...
You see...I have a vision.... To create a Movement that encourages Christian artists to make art that glorifies the Lord, but prove that Christian art can be sophisticated, smart, and collectible by the art community in general. When you say Christian Art (and I would like to have a different word for it even) people think Christian Gift Store "happy hands at home" stuff. Not that that doesn't have its audience....it does...but I want a place where Spirit-filled artists are taught the "back-story" to making their art. That they don't have to have to paint the image of Christ to make Christ-inspired work. If in the making of their work, and the interacting with the public in selling their work they evoke the Gifts of the Spirit...love, joy, peace, kindness etc. this is Spirit-filled work. If there is a sense of gratitude for the moments when we can create the work of our hands...this is Spirit-filled work. And we can step into Art and beyond it into a place where Artists play a part in keeping hope and joy alive in a world that has less and less of it.
I want to encourage artists to understand that art that is made by hands that belong to God are making God-inspired art. We can send a message of hope and peace to the world if we are worshiping the Lord by honoring the creative gifts he has given us.
here's a few pics of a couple of the workshops kc will be teaching...
i just know it's gonna be a life-changing experience for all of us!!! so, are you excited yet???? well then, get on over to the Imagination Congregation website for all the details and get registered 'cause space is limited to 20 participants (so it's nice and intimate)! kc is graciously extending the "early bird" registration price for a couple of days just for you! don't miss out on the savings!! scroll all the way down to the bottom of the retreat page to register. oh and be sure to spread the word about this life-changing retreat!!! xoxo