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Spiritual Practices – Downloadable Art Show

A few years ago, my church began asking the question, “What does it mean to be the people of God in our time and place in history?” This led us to adopt some specific practices found in the Scriptures that turn our lives both toward the grace of the Divine that has come to us in Jesus and toward the world He loves. They are:

Hear and Obey – Receiving the grace of Jesus as He speaks to us through His Word and Spirit – leading us into holy listening, dependent trust, and obedient faith.

Celebration – Celebrating Jesus through the grace of communal worship and the submission of holy rest – cultivating an experience of gratitude and intimacy with the Divine.

Vocation – Participating with Jesus in daily mission through the grace of living out our holy calling as a community and as individuals – leading us to an awareness of our spiritual gifts and the divine opportunities in our daily work.

Hospitality – Experiencing the grace of Jesus by welcoming Him into our lives through the face of the stranger – making space for inclusive meals, acts of compassion, and sharing the grace and knowledge we receive from Jesus with others. 

Generosity – Encountering Jesus through the grace of joining him in selfless service and revolutionary sacrifice – teaching us that our time, our energy and our resources have been given to us to bless the world.

Sabbath – Resting in the provision and grace of the Divine by submitting to holy rest – making us aware that we are sustained by Love and Providence, and it is from this central rest that we work throughout our lives.

 

I recently created a series of paintings for the inside of our sanctuary to help us to remember these practices as we gather together. I loved these images so much that I wanted to make them available to other communities to use in their own conversation and faith practice.

Piggy backing off the Station in the Street art show, I decided I would use the same downloadable and printing process.  But the aesthetic of the paintings didn’t translate into this form very well. So I redesigned the whole show into a form that looks artistic and didactic at the same time. The emphasis on this show is to help communities to adopt Spiritual Practices.

A spiritual practice is any regular and intentional activity that establishes, develops, and nourishes a personal relationship with the Divine in which we allow ourselves to be transformed. These practices can be done individually but are also experienced communally as well. A great resource to know more about spiritual practice is this website. 

There are more traditional Spiritual Practices than the six I have chosen for these posters. But like I said, these six are based on a conversation that came out of my faith community.

The posters are designed in a way to give the viewer many tiers of engagement. It first starts with the image. Then the practice title. Then the phrase prompt. Then three elements of that practice. Then six scriptures that this practice is rooted in.

THE ARTWORK

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HOW TO USE THIS SHOW

This show is meant to be printed out and hung up in your community space. Many churches have walls that are desperately wanting some art… and this fulfills that desire. Even though in the video above I wheat paste this show to the walls of my church, that is not necessary for this show. That is something that is particular to my church… being on a commuter bike path in downtown Portland. My intention with this show is that it would be placed inside your church or community gathering space and be used for contemplation, discussion, and implementation for the viewers.

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This show can be printed out at any size. I designed it to be printed out at 36”x48” on bond paper at Fedex Office… since most metropolitan areas have a Fedex Office. But maybe your space does not have that much room. You can print this out to whatever fills that space best.

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Many people ask me what’s the best way to hang these images? And if you are going to do this and have questions, please feel free to email me at artforstory@gmail.com and I will gladly help you figure out a solution. I have included a hanging manual in every tier of purchase to give you suggestions on how to hang this art appropriately. Quickly though, a few suggestions are to mount the posters to wood, form boards, or some kind of solid flat surface and hang them that way. You can also simply pin them to the wall if you’d like. There are so many possibilities!

 

GETTING THE WORK

This is a labor of love. I love art and I love the church…. so its a joy to provide art for the church. All of this was created on my own time… and I appreciate your giving to my families financial needs so that I can continue to make quality work like this. Thank you for your generosity!

 

1.Digital Download – pay what you want

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Included: 12 posters, One Artist’s Statement poster, hanging instructions

I want to make this artwork available to all kinds of communities… great or small, rich or poor. Therefore, this package is a “pay what you want” download. The suggested price for all the artwork is $89… but you know your budget so work with what you got.

2. Church Package – $199

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Included: 12 posters, One Artist’s Statement poster, hanging instructions, scripture and information, Adobe Illustrator file with all information

 

 

3. Church Package B – Analog & Digital – $399

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Included: everything in package 2…. but say you don’t have a Fedex Office or some place to print these. I will print out this show and send it to you.

 

 

4. I come to you – $1900

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Included: I buy a ticket. I come to you. I bring the art. I hang it up. I speak to your community in the way that makes sense – preach Sunday morning, speak at special event, put on one of my performance pieces. We can work out the details…..

 

FAQ’S

How should I print these?

I used Fedex Office to print out the images at 36 inches by 48 inches. I’m told you can do this Staples or any other large format corporate printer.

You want them to print on paper that is used for blueprints. It’s called bond paper. It’s very lightweight and fairly inexpensive.

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At Fedex Office, they print in black and white for around 87 cents a square foot. That makes each one of these prints around $9… and you have 12 stations plus the description… so that makes printing out this show a cost of around $120.

You can always print the show smaller if you like. I have formatted all these images to print out at 36”x48” at the largest… and anything smaller is possible.

 

What if I’ve never wheat pasted before?

I watched this video of Sheperd Fairey walking through his whole process of putting art up. I found it extremely helpful when wheat pasting myself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJfeAvP8xTo

Included in the package is a recipe to make your own wheat paste… but I also found that this was a great product to use.… and I would recommend that.

 

Can we hang this show inside?

Absolutely. You should make this fit best with whatever is best for your community.

 

What’s the best way to hang inside?

There are a number of different ways you can hang inside. You can simple pin these posters up to the wall. You can use an adhesive spray and attach them to foam board. You can use mod podge or adhesive grip to attach the posters to wood or any thick surface to then hang them up. You can find a different printer than Fedex Office and print them on thick paper so they can hold themselves up. There are many ways to do hang and display this work. Please contact me if you have any questions and I can help you out.

 

Why do you do this?

I’m haunted. By doing it I release the haunting.

 

Okay. Best of luck everyone. Let me know how I can help!

Spiritual Practices – Downloadable Art Show

Illustration

 

 

Illustration

Creative Direction for Jefferson Bethke Videos

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discussing the day with director Travis Hawkins

I’ve done a few videos with internet celebrity Jefferson Bethke over the last year. Jeff is a super guy and I’ve been honored at any invitation to partner with him.

After the release of his book, LifeWay wanted to create a series of videos to go along with a devotional they are putting at the end of the year. Jeff wanted more than just talking head videos… so he asked me if I could come up with artistic representations of the themes he would be speaking on. I pitched them some ideas… some of which I knew would be risky to pull off… but they were stoked on the ideas.

So we spent a week together putting these ideas together. And I can’t tell you how awesome it felt to see them all happen the way I had imagined them in my head. Eric Chapman (part of the crew) sent me some pics from that time and I share them with you.

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Creative Direction for Jefferson Bethke Videos

Seahawks Fan Art

I grew up in Seattle… and always was a Seahawk fan. Over the last few years… they’ve obviously gotten even more awesome. So I’ve wanted to support the team by wearing a shirt. But honestly… most NFL stuff is lame and not something I would want to wear. So I did what artists do… I made my own.

 

 Ode to Seattle

Seattle Seahawks T-shirt design

Here’s a design with some of my favorite things about Seattle.

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Numbers

I had this idea for Russel Wilson’s number. Then I went with the 12 as well.

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If you wanted to get some apparel in time for playoffs… click the links below:

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Seaknucks

Super Bowl Champs!

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Seahawks Fan Art

Peace Out

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I’m excited to release this run of 50 screen prints of one of my favorite images I’ve created thus far in my life – “Peace Out.” 

This is my first run of screen prints EVER!… and I couldn’t be more proud of how sexy they are.

They are for a stellar price of $40 plus shipping and can be purchased here.

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The art speaks to the idea of the tension we face in a violent world today. It’s either peace or peace out. It’s we either learn to see each other and work together… or live in fear of each other and eventually destroy each other with the things we can build with our hands. I pray for peacemakers. I also am dedicated to that work.

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19″ x 25″ two color screen print

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Thanks for all your support!

I hope this image calls us to the work of peace and provides us with a catalyst for conversation and community.

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Living Water Intl Illustration

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I’m very excited to finally show you guys an illustration I was commissioned to do for Living Water Intl.

I love the work of LWI and have been a supporter over many years. So when they contacted me about partnering with them on some new art, I jumped at the chance.

This illustration to me shows all the ways clean water grows and makes life happen. It really is such an important starting place when dealing with transformational work.

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All profits from buying these products go to the work of providing clean water for communities worldwide.

Check out their store here and support a worthy cause!

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Brand

Logo and Brand for Awake Church, Seattle

Logo and Brand for Awake Church, Seattle

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Advent

Was honored to be asked to do the Advent artwork for Imago Dei Community this year. The theme was “God With Us” with that breaking down into weekly sermon topics.  Here’s what I came up with.

 

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NewSong Art Project

NewSong Church in Irvine, CA hired me to create as much art as I could in four days based on their beliefs, ethos, and common stories. It was a tremendous pleasure to work with such a fantastic group of people. This post shows the artwork that I created in that brief time.

The end goal for me is the experience a visitor has when they walk into the doors of a church and see the art for the first time. What can one learn about the community by what is visually depicted on their walls? Spaces speak a ton about who you are and what you believe. My hope is what a visitor would see would speak to their own human journey. Not in obvious visual solutions ripe with religious innuendo, but that the viewer would be drawn into a conversation about their own desire for God and the reverent humming inside them that has led them to this visitation.

And for the communally committed, my goal for them is to create some common visual images that may lead to an increase in their visual culture.

In the same vein of Jesus’ parables, I believe visual imagery gives us many more avenues for enlightenment and understanding than written definitions can. If Jesus wanted to give us a checklist of ideas to believe in, then He would have done just that. But He didn’t. He gave us stories and word pictures…. which don’t always allow for obvious conclusions. What they do instead is give us a path to walk down – to wrestle, explore, and eventually exhume the treasure of His kingdom that transforms our lives. I know it’s a lot to strive for, but I hope my paintings can at least accomplish something along the same lines.

NewSong Art Project

WV Design

Here’s a sampling of some design projects I did for World Vision.

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2013 Lenten Art

In 2013 for the Lenten season, I created 14 images based of The Spiritual Way of the Cross.

This art is free for anyone who would like to use it this season for meditation and worship on our Lord’s journey to death. 

 

Click the link below to download:

– Good Friday Scripture Reflection Document (via World Vision Youth)

– Spiritual Way of the Cross Poster

– Individual Station images

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ARTWORK

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2013 Lenten Art

Cruciformity | Stations on Skin

PRESS RELEASE – written by Cameron Hammon

(Houston, TX)—February 15, 2012— “I’ve spent my whole 20′s deconstructing the white Scandinavian Jesus that hung in my Lutheran Church,” says Houston based artist Scott Erickson, “and I didn’t want to add to the overwhelming Caucasian Jesus imagery out there.”

Ecclesia Houston is not your typical Houston church. Nowhere is that more evident than their recently announced plan to celebrate Lent with 126 tattoos. A diverse cross section of the congregation have chosen to participate in the show by inking themselves with the story of Jesus, among those participating are Pastor Chris Seay, Scott Erickson, and many key staff and leaders in the community. Every Lenten season Ecclesia artistically tells the story of Jesus’ crucifixion through their Stations of the Cross gallery show. This year they have decided to engage an art form that the Church has not typically embraced. In their particular context though, they believe it is an appropriate medium for Lenten contemplation.

Lent is considered the somberest season in the Christian calendar, marking the forty days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. Seattle artist Scott Erickson, who paints weekly in the church’s five, packed worship services held in a warehouse/art gallery in the heart of Montrose, designed a series of tattoos to represent his interpretation of the season—and 126 church goers agreed to have them inked forever on their bodies,while hundreds more will commemorate holy week with temporary versions of the tattoos.

“In my opinion the Protestant visual culture is very under developed,” says Erickson, “Mostly it’s cute-sy lambs and shiny gold things. But when you look at the story of Jesus going to the cross… its a very hard- core story.”

This story, Pastor Chris Seay says “requires all followers of Jesus to take up their own cross and embrace His suffering. We cannot fast forward past the brutal torture and execution of our Lord and expect to experi- ence the full and complete joy of the resurrection.”

Erickson’s designs were inspired by Russian prison tattoos, Sailor Jerry imagery and other contemporary artists and designers.

“[Ecclesia Pastor and author] Chris Seay gave me this idea in December and I’ve spent two months on designs that represent the story of the cross, the history of Christian symbolism, and a maturely developed tattoo culture, ” says Erickson.

“This was no easy task… It wasn’t until I was led by a friend to the story of Russian prison tattoos that everything came together.”

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Read more about the story and show by clicking here.

 

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Cruciformity | Stations on Skin

Lincoln Posters

This is a project I wrote with my friend James Pedrick at WorldVision ACT:S. The essay came out of a conversation we had about the upcoming election and our desire to see a candidate that resembled the spirit of Abraham Lincoln. The artwork was inspired by vintage presidential campaign posters. 

Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

On this historic day President Lincoln took great risk and courage to announce the freedom of the 3-4 million slaves that were living in the United States at the time. The country was in the midst of a painful civil war, and such a bold announcement would undoubtedly create further division and animosity in the short term.  But Lincoln knew there would never be any true unity if a segment of this country’s population was withheld the unalienable rights that our nation was founded on. The stand needed to be made, and he was willing to make it.

 

As modern-day abolitionists who’ve been advocating for rights of human beings, we think this is a day worth recognizing. Slavery worldwide continues to be an injustice that mocks our upward evolution as a society. You would think that after all these thousands of years of progress we would have removed this cancerous tumor from our communal habitat, but still it goes on. More than ever actually. And we know that, just as back then, there must be a stand made today for the plight of those who are being held captive in all forms of slavery.  If we do not take action, this issue will continually tarnish our rhetoric of universal unalienable rights.

 

That’s why this day is a bitter-sweet day for us. For sure it’s an inspirational milestone for what our modern movement can be, but it’s also a sobering reminder for where we are presently at.  Many of us who are advocating to strengthen and renew policies against trafficking are discouraged at the sloth-like pace of our current leaders, who are admittedly stunted because of extreme partisanship and the hype around this current election. These issues demand cooperation and resolve… both values which seem lacking in our present government. But it’s easy to blame the system. The harder one for us to swallow, if we are honest, is the feeling we have that this generation will grow up without ever seeing great leaders like Lincoln.

 

So it’s in this vain we made these 2012 election posters…. to call upon the spirit of Lincoln. That what we truly want to vote for in 2012 is a candidate who would work for unity, that would lead with decisive determination, and would seek to uphold the rights of all people. That all individuals….

 

“shall be thence, thenceforward, and forever free.” A.L.

 

We still have hope that the world could come to a proclamation of freedom like our country did 150 years ago. We still believe in the power of government and individuals to loosen the chains of injustice.

What was done on Sept 22, 1862 was seemingly unimaginable at the time.

We are ready for the unimaginable today.

 

 

 

 

Lincoln Posters

Ecclesia | Artist In Residence | 2009-2012

I was the Artist In Residence at Ecclesia Church from 2009 to 2012. What does an artist in residence do at a church? My job there was to progress a visual culture. So everything we did as a church: our teachings, our learnings, our experiences, our prayers, our sorrows, our joys, our accomplishments, our failures…. I was there to make sure that there is some kind of visualization of that story. I chronicled that journey on a blog called createvisualculture.com

The pictures below are of when I would paint at the services. All the paintings are 3ftx4ft and were created within an hour time.

 

 

Ecclesia | Artist In Residence | 2009-2012

Orphan Art Project | Swaziland

{2011} When I heard about the orphan situation in Swaziland, I knew I wanted to respond in some way. This project really came about from the deep desire to want to help. When faced with issues of poverty, death, orphan care, disease, massive societal problems…. we don’t generally think about sending in the painters right away. There are so many more needed skills to help with the massive problems at hand. But I find myself wondering “Well, I’m a painter…. can I help?”

I’m an artist and I care for the plight of orphans. I few years back I was in Nairobi, Kenya, and witnessed first hand the conditions young children have to live in all alone on the street. Those images haunt me daily. When I was asked to go to Swaziland and I heard that children faced the same future, I knew I had to respond in some way. I have asked God many times to have given me “more practical” gifts to help with the needs of others. But he has chosen to make me this way. If I consider my skill set, it really does lie in creativity and storytelling. This is what I have to offer.

Swaziland is a beautiful country with beautiful people. For a myriad of reasons, around 41% of the country is HIV positive. This is killing off most of the adult population, leaving a country filled with old people and children. There is a massive orphan population growing in the country. Young children left on their own to survive. They are dire situations. Their stories need to be heard.

These pieces of art are my attempt for you to hear that story. The paintings were made by orphan children in Swaziland and then brought back to the States where I finished them in my studio. You can learn about the whole project by going to:

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All sales of PRINTS go to the El Shaddai orphanage in Swaziland

Orphan Art Project | Swaziland

Recently, I’ve been editing images of paintings that I’ve done over the last few years at Ecclesia and translating them into a digital form, creating a series of posters based on some of our core values as a community

Poster Project

Serialbox Designs

This was a couple designs I created for the Serialbox interview of Alex Dezen of the Damnwells.

 

Serialbox Designs

Feedback Project

{2010} These paintings are part of a musical worship project by Derek Webb called FEEDBACK. The album is an instrumental electronic album based on the Lord’s Prayer. Derek invited Jeremy Cowart (photographer) and myself to create 9 corresponding images to the songs he had created. These are the paintings I made.

Watch Making Of The Paintings Video

For me, the layers of these paintings represent the history of the Lord’s prayer itself. Just as we continue to build up and layer over the foundations of our society, so has the journey of entering into the prayer of God. It’s written throughout our history. Though it may at times seem covered up, it’s still amidst all the glitter and decay… speaking to us, telling us about something ancient yet resonating with our life today. The graffiti is less about words (although there are meanings to all of them) and more about the emotions and textures we find throughout our modern society.Just as we see traces of creative life throughout our cities, so too we see symbols and signs of the Lord’s prayer throughout our world. To me the music and the images forged together in this project are a modern urban meditation on an ancient contemplative pathway to the Almighty.

Feedback Project

Lives On The Line

In 2010, WorldVision ACT:S asked me to help modify their “Lives On The Line”program – a contemplative art piece for World Aids Day. The way the program works is that cards are hung on a campus, church, some kind of public thoroughfare and are to be taken by individuals for prayer & contemplation about their response to the worldwide AIDS pandemic. Usually the cards have a photo of someone who is affected by AIDS on the front. Instead of having photos this year, they wanted to have something a little different… so they asked me if I could paint portraits of 8 different individuals. These are the portraits I painted.

Lives On The Line