July 13, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: In Time

Art has a way of capturing time.  It may depict a specific moment in history, or display the culture & customs of certain place & time.  Even when art is non-objective/non-representational it often has a connection to a movement or style that resides within a given time frame.  No matter how hard an artist may try to be timeless in their work, art is IN time.  This is something that should be celebrated.  Not a desire to be "dated", but that you left your mark in time.  

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
 With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
2 Peter 3:8

 Usually when I read this scripture it makes me consider all the omni(s) of God.  He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient...etc. Though I may entertain these thoughts, they go beyond what I can truly grasp.  The idea that a day is like a thousand years is mind blowing. Our concept of time does not have the constraints on God that it does on us.  We are IN time.  Our days are numbered from birth to death while we are on this earth.  There may be times when we cry out to God about his quickness to answer our prayers.  We may shake our fist at the amount of time our suffering or the suffering of the ones we love continues.  The disbelief of a life taken too soon or the pain of someone lingering much longer than their mind and body could truly sustain. Time.  We can not control it.  We can only be in it. So what will we do with the time we are in?  

Each day we must seek the Lord.  Each day we must ask him to establish the work of our hands.  The author of Psalm 90 (often called the prayer/song of Moses) was not just praising the Lord, but crying out to him concerning the days a person is given...that they might be lived in a way that glorifies God.  It does not speak of only sunshine & rainbows.  We are to seek the Lord in all situations and give him glory.  He does not call us to only praise him & glorify him in the good times.  We are not promised to see the other side of the storms of life, but he is worthy in the midst of the storm to receive our praise.  We must make the most of the time we are given.  

So often we make excuses.  Tomorrow I'll read my Bible.  I'll serve at church after I get through this busy time in my life.  I'll share this joy I know when this rough spot passes.  I'll find time to pray later.  We allow excuses to rob us of the precious little time we have this side of Heaven.  We find reasons not to be living the life God intended us to live.  Our days are numbers.  We do not have time to wait or waste. We have today.  If we are blessed with tomorrow, amen & amen.  

What will you do with today to know God & make him known?

Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings?

Ya'll...this is so interesting!! If you enjoy Bob Ross...this is a must see video!!

July 07, 2019

Summer Rest?!?

I know I've not been blogging as much lately, but don't mistake that's for Mr.E taking it easy!!  I have led a professional development in Cumberland County, had my three day workshop, and created decorations for two different VBS(s) where my wife was teaching! I think I'll have about a week before I need to start working on my room! We go back at the end of July! 

The first one VBS was called ROAR.

 The second one (starting tonight) is called Power Up.

July 06, 2019

Rainbow Find

For those of you who love rainbow everything...

I found these at Walmart!
Could be fun for decorating your room!

June 28, 2019

Target Dollar Spot

I have a bunch of the colors...but had never seen Tropical Rain Forest!
Plus..it is metallic!?! 

June 23, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Lasting

Art (and art education) is always changing.  What is popular at one point in time will become passe. There are always attributes of art, movements, styles, or philosophies of art education that can be appreciated, but as time progresses ...taste, ideologies, techniques, and relevance changes. That is not to say things won't come back around.  The pendulum is always swinging. We see things come in & out of vogue.  We see new twists being added to old ideas. Artists, art work, and philosophies popularity can be inconsistent over time. There will be ups, downs, and in some cases...they fade into obscurity. What is new, fabulous, and THE WAY to do things today may not be tomorrow.  In art, change is the one lasting quality we can count on. No matter... art will remain.  Art will persist. 

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. 
Isaiah 40:8

Change is a part of our faith journey.  Where we were, what we thought, how we responded, what we did as new believers is not the same as now.  There may be some things we wish we could recapture.  There may be some things we wish we could erase.  We are inconsistent at best as we go and grow on this journey.  Change.  We change from one second to the next.  Hot/Cold. Grace Filled/ Judgmental. Seeking Truth/Accepting Lies.  However, we serve a God who is consistent. We serve a God that does not change.  He has loved us from the beginning.  He has pursued us from the start. His word stands forever as a testament of this desire to be in a relationship with us.  It is lasting...ever lasting.

June 19, 2019

Back to School?

I posted this on social media...and Facebook went nutty!!
People just aren't at a place where they can see such a thing...
because some of you are just now getting out of school! ha ha

Sorry that I've not been posting much.  I have been crazy busy getting ready for my summer workshop (Which starts Monday!!!).  I'll try to do better!!! Thanks for sticking with me. 

June 16, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: TRUST

I struggle with displaying my paintings almost as much as I do creating them. Does it need a frame, what kind of frame, will the wire hold the weight of the art, will the eye hooks pull out of the back, will the nail be strong enough to hold the work on the wall...etc. I will double or triple the wire because I'm so afraid of it not being strong enough.  I will hot glue or super glue around the eye hook just to give it a bit of "extra" security.  I find it hard to trust that things will go according to the norms of hanging art. I try to control the situation before there is a situation.  Have I ever had a work of art come crashing down? No.  Then why do I fear that for some reason it is going to happen?  There are many things in displaying my work that are out of my control.  I struggle with this. My pride does not want to face the possibility of  looking like a fool if I were to do something wrong or something goes wrong.  Self doubt plays into it as well.  I think artists often try to control things because they feel don't want to rely on anyone else & do not want to be made fun of for a botched attempt.

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes;  its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8

Trust is a struggle for many believers.  Trust requires us to let go of control.  Trust requires us to let down our guard.  Trust asks us to find confidence outside of ourselves.  Some may believe pride is in direct opposition to being able to trust.  I feel pride and doubt spring forth from the same root.  The two choke out our peace that comes when we trust God with our life, family, relationships, finances, money..etc.  You may have valid reasons for your struggle to trust.  God knows your struggles.  God is patient.  God is loving. God is consistent.  God is waiting for you to trust him with your everything.  When you do...Jeremiah has painted a beautiful picture of what that looks like!  A tree who's roots run deep toward the water.....that always has green leaves....and even in drought....can produce fruit.  Trust does not keep us from the ills of this world, but allows us to be firmly rooted so that no matter what comes our way we can stand firm in the truth of our God & find our confidence & peace in him.  .  

June 14, 2019

Teacher Examples Just For Fun

A group of art teachers were talking about sharing their teacher examples online just for the fun of it! So I thought I would share mine.  I usually keep most of mine & then give my student teachers a stack of them as idea starters when they have their own classroom.

June 12, 2019

Crossville Professional Development

I was asked in the winter to lead a professional development on the new state visual art standards for the art teachers in Cumberland County.  (I was on the team that wrote our standards)  I guess they liked me...because they asked me to come back to lead another professional development for them!!!   So yesterday I made the hour and a half trek to Crossville,TN to work with their amazing group of art teachers.  It is a small district...with only 10 art teachers (I think?).  It is hard for small districts to have PD for their related arts, but I think it is wonderful Cumberland County has made it priority to have content specific PD for their art teachers!!  My friend Janet and I have talked at length how we'd love for the state to hire us to go across the state in the summer and provide PD for smaller/rural districts in TN!  Tennessee Department of Education ...are you reading this?!?! ha ha

Set up and ready to go!  

Silk Screening (using embroidery hoops & nylons)
Incised Plate Printing
Texture Printing 
Collage Circles 
Plaster Cast Masks

We also discussed literature/writing tie-ins for all the projects we worked on during the day.

I guess she needed a little pick me up for a summer PD! ha ha