Your Purpose


There are 4 basic things that every artist needs in order to set the stage for their success in the new year. We’ll post each of these 4 things in a “miniseries” over the next few days.

 

Here’s the first of the 4:

 

goalsOne of the most overlooked yet most critical needs that every artist or designer must have if they plan to make any type of progress in the New Year is to have WRITTEN goals.

 

For the artist, having written goals does not have to be a hard thing to accomplish. You probably already have those goals in mind already or have talked about them forever! Now’s the time to take action by committing them to paper, which is the first step toward the goal being more than something you only talk about.

 

I recommend identifying and WRITING DOWN at least 3 key objectives that you as an artist or designer really want to accomplish this year. To help narrow the goals down, they must follow the “S.M.A.R.T.” model:

 

S- Specific: The goal must not be vague like “to create more art” but specific like “create a minimum of one new art piece each month (or each quarter, etc)”.

 

M- Measurable: The goal must be something that you can track and measure. This allows you to better determine how close or far away you are from your target.

 

A-  Achievable: It must be something that you can actually reach. “Being the number one artist in the city” may not be achievable (nor is it measurable). “Competing in 2 city-wide art shows per year” is more achievable.

 

R- It must be realistic: Selling $1,000 per month in artwork after only selling $60 per month may not be a realistic goal.

 

T- The goal must be time-specific: Writing it down on a calendar is a great way to stay on top of achieving it as weeks go by.

 

Keep watching for the 2nd in this miniseries coming soon.

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spraycan1I’ve always been fascinated with how God uses different artists and the unique talents that we each have to serve individual purpose, but how that purpose rolls up to His collective plan.

A painter of murals may not reach the audience that a comic book artist may reach. Neither may either of them effectively reach the audience that a fine art painter may reach. The bible teaches us:
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work…” Ephesians 4:16

Here is an example of how God uses graffiti artists to communicate the Gospel message. This group of artists is from Passageway.org and is affiliated with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

During my recent visit to my hometown for Thanksgiving, I found one of my OOOOOOld  sketchbooks from around 1980 0r ’81. I was about 15 or 16 years old.

I’ve posted one of the sketches from it below. You can detect from the characters a little influence from the scifi entertainment of the era: A little “Ookla The Mock” from Sarurday morning cartoon’s Thundarr the Barbarian, with a hint of Chewbacca from 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back:

Art From My Teen Years

Art From My Teen Years

Concept art from my teen years almost 30 yrs ago

Many of us believe that God still speaks to His people. Although, not as much in an audible voice, but many Christian visual artists and designers  do believe that God can and does guide and directs His artists.

Share Your Feedback In the Poll Below:

Hey folks-

I always try to make sure that the content we post here on “Art Lessons From God!” is relevant and something that you find of value.

In an effort to maintain this focus, I just want to check and see if your voice has been heard. From my last spot check with many of you, you said you want to discuss and know more about:

1. How to hear from God.

2. How to discover what God wants you to do with your talent.

Please let me know if the above is true and/or what else you’d like to gain from this online community.

Post your feedback!


To counter all the discussion about the challenges with the American economy, you should take time out to look at the talent you’ve been given in order to create a little (or a lot of) extra income.

Here are 3 new methods you can consider:

1. Custom Designs on Sneakers: You can now create your own designs on sneakers to sell to others or create logos or designs for someone else (individuals or businesses small or large). Go to this site to see how easy it is: http://www.zazzle.com/custom/shoes

 2. Custom Designs on Travel Mugs: Not as expensive as their Sneaker option, Zazzle.com also has Travel Mugs that you can create and sell your own custom designs or that you can design for others. Check it out here: http://www.zazzle.com/custom/mugs/travel

 3. Custom Designs on Cell Phones Computer Stuff: Help others customize their cell phones, laptops and other devices with SkinIt.com by HP: http://hp.skinit.com/

Remember that God has given you the strength and ability to use your gift to help others as well as earn an income: “…remember that the LORD your God gives you the strength to make a living. That’s how he keeps the promise he made to your ancestors.”
Deuteronomy 8:18 (Contemporary English Version)

This is another example of how you can strive to create something everyday.

This also is an example of recognizing and encouraging the talents and gifts in the next wave of artists and designers coming behind us (my daughters’ work as an example):

Sketches from the road and from the video:

Moriah

Moriah

Anisa

Anisa

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