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Love what you are doing with Christian art and thought we would reach out to you. We are http://www.christianmediamagazine.com and we are currently looking to ad some volunteer writers to our pool. We are looking for someone knowledgable in Christian art who would be willing to contribute 2-3 articles a week. If you are interested please contact me at the email provided.
Not sure if what I paint would fit or not, but I’ll share anyway. 🙂
COOL>!!!! I paint my vision of Jesus a lot- have for years- Jesus in modern day parables in culture w people— I am writing a book to help artists do the SAME in their own ways—-here is one of my websites with samples of that work—www.katabillups.biz
I paint Jesus in culture a lot. my website is http://www.katabillups.biz. her is an except (still rough)of a book I’m writing- What is the value of an artist? What can an artist accomplish? This chapter will discuss the theoretical boundaries of the artist and whether or not the vocation can be deemed a calling.
Most of the mainstream thinking about an artist in Eastern culture seems to be that an artist has inherent value in that he or she expresses beauty (and to a Christina this value is in expressing God’s beauty). But most of my work may not be considered particularly beautiful. It may be comical or (to use a horribly overused term- “whimsical”) it can be serious, thought provoking, sarcastic, etc. Does my work have value to the majority of people in my culture? Possibly not. Does it have value in God’s perspective? We will explore that question in this chapter along with other questions.
One of the problems with the idea that art has value because of beauty is this in only one of the four major uses of art throughout time. These uses of art are summed up as Theories and they have these titles which I will explain one by one.—–. The beautiful use of art may be found in any or all of the theories. The P—-theory states that the purpose of art is simply to record what is seen in reality. When I think of this theory I imagine landscape realistic paintings, still life paintings, realistic portraiture or the school of photorealism. The Pragmatic theory of art states that the purpose of art is mainly to teach or inspire the viewer in some concept or idea. This type of art can be found in church murals, illustrations, propaganda posters, etc. The Romantic Theory of art asserts that the reason for art is to move people emotionally. Many of the work of the Romantic Landscape painters of the late 1990’s aspired to this idea.
1. one side: artist create the culture re: the history of the renaissance
3. artists are lazy and useless people re: Hilter etc.
5. God is an artist.
6. art is linked with physics, science, etc.
7. as a teen I pondered the way ballet dancers created emotion by shaping their bodies.
8. Theosophy and its school of art- thought forms etc.
What is the value of an artist? What can an artist accomplish? This chapter will discuss the theoretical and philosophical boundaries of the artist. In later chapters I will discuss whether or not the vocation of an artist can be deemed a calling.
Most of the mainstream thinking about an artist in Eastern culture seems to be that an artist has inherent value in that he or she expresses beauty. To Christian this value seems paramount in that it suggests honoring and extolling God by admiring the beauty of His creation). But what is an artist such as myself to do? Where does my work fit in? Does it honor God? Most of my work may not be considered particularly beautiful. This painting for instance is one of my most controversial because I show Jesus vomiting. But one needs to take the time to understand my motivations and the context of the narrative before judging. The narrative shows Jesus vomiting because little children are ganging up to attack a homeless man. Jesus Retched by Kata Billups
Hi, here’s a vision of Saint Michael for you (amongst other Spiritual art): http://www.dutchoilpaintings.com
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