Drawing from the Word
Thougts on Art and the Bible
Image: A Brief Survey of Christian Philosophers and Artists, from left to right: Variations on a Theme by Grace Carol Bomer, Revelation (graphic book) illustrated by Chris Koelle, How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer, Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey, Well Worn by Dr. Mark Sprinkle, Sergio Cariello, The Narnia Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Courageous by Stephen and Alex Kendrick.
Christians are rediscovering their need to be a living, breathing part of the arts.
This means making art that engages the broader culture. While many believers turned away from the arts as a viable avenue for Gospel expression, we now see the powerful influence of those Christian artists who dared to remain and artistically give answer for the hope within them.
Woman's Healing Hurt by Carole Ruffin, 11 by 14- mixed media
It's a challenge to draw an inward journey. How do you draw something you can't see? As a Christian artist and writer, I'm met with this hurdle often. Putting into strokes- or even words- the life changing experience that happens when we encounter the cross is almost impossible. Yet so much of our experience is internal: salvation, growth, and personal change to name a few. I can communicate the journey by adding text or I could also use symbols like a dove or a cross, but I'm challenging myself to push beyond quick telling techniques.