“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” Frida Kahlo While strolling through a modern art museum one afternoon, I suddenly stopped and cried, “Why are all the paintings in this room of this crazy lady with the unibrow?” Laughing, my wife took me by […]Read more "K: Frida Kahlo – The Beauty and Danger of Self-Examination"
It’s perhaps the most recognized musical theme in the world. Every child who has ever pretended to be a shark in the swimming pool has heard it, and even those who haven’t have played it on the piano. John Williams, the composer who gave us the memorable film scores to cinematic treasures such as Indiana […]Read more "J: “Jaws” and Beyond – the Genius of John Williams"
While I was working on my master’s degree in music, one of my professors told us something that I thought was incredibly profound. “If you’re going to survive as artists,” he told us solemnly. “You’re going to have to become masters at reinventing yourselves.” I took this advice to heart, and it has served me […]Read more "H: Handel’s “Messiah” and the Art of Reinventing Oneself"
I love examining Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait with my fine arts students. They’re always amazed at the complexity of the painting, and how many small, intricate details come together to create the sense of beauty and awe that has led to such world-wide recognition. What is it about the Mona Lisa that has […]Read more "D: Da Vinci and the Most Beautiful Woman Ever Painted"
Beethoven’s fifth symphony was first performed in Vienna in 1808, and was soon described by E.T.A. Hoffman as “one of the most important works of the time.” Through the years, this impression hasn’t faded in the least. This symphony continues to be one of the most recognized classical compositions, and is one of the most […]Read more "B: Beethoven’s 5th (The Meaning Behind the Music)"
“Because God is helping me, anything ‘I write’ will be far superior to anything I would attempt on my own.” Jackie McDougall Later this year, Christian author Jackie McDougall will release her first book, Fearless in Euroclydon, which will be available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The title for the book […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Jackie McDougall"
The blogosphere has grown very quiet these past few weeks. But no need to fear – we haven’t all given up on writing. We’ve just retreated into our writing closets, working furiously on the material we’ll need to carry us through another exciting A to Z Challenge this April! Take the A to Z Challenge! […]Read more "Take the A to Z Writing Challenge With Me!"
“Lives cannot be changed from the outside, but only from within. Thus art and literature can be instrumental in changing lives.” Susan Sanderson As a young lady, Susan Sanderson found herself standing in the local library, gazing at the countless books on the shelves and dreaming of becoming a writer one day. “One of my […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Susan Sanderson"
“Art doesn’t require long theological explanations to express emotion and truth; it just touches something inside of us. I love that.” Trisha Stern If you were to bump into Trisha Stern in your local coffee shop, she would be the first to tell you that there is more to her than meets […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Trisha Stern"
“Words well used reach deep inside and stir our hearts…testimony overcomes the enemy.” Laura Bennet Christian writer Laura Bennet knows a thing or two about miracles. Though she has lived in California for most of her life, her husband and three youngest children claimed Australia as their home until just recently. “Brendan and […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Laura Bennet"