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The Art of Worship

Title: The Art of Worship
Artwork by: Paris Krahn (@pariskrahnart)
Description: 
When I first became a Christian, I didn’t really understand how to worship God. I sang songs on Sundays, and tried to be “Christ-like” in my outward actions, but my heart wasn’t willing to follow God’s will.

I didn’t understand that worship had to begin with growing closer to God in a relationship, and inviting Him, even in the struggles of life, to transform us. (Ezekiel 36:26-27) Worship essentially is the eager and proper response from a heart won over in gratitude, adoration, reverence, repentance, obedience, trust, and desire for more of God. But even if we fail, He is faithful and is willing to give us the grace to begin again. Knowing this, how can we not live our lives for Him in endless worship?

Now I am pursuing God’s call to paint and share my love for the Word of God with others. My goal isn’t just to make pretty artwork, but to point people toward the Author of creation and the Word, and consequently, worshipful living.

 

REDEEM OUR LAND

This piece reflects a prayer I had for God to “heal our land”. However, In order for God to heal our world, we have to let Him into our hearts. He’s the God who will meet us in the muddiest of valleys and willingly breathes new life into us. We don’t need to be afraid to open our secret hearts to God, because He is ever patient and overflowing with grace. He will redeem what was once dark and lifeless into something purposeful in His kingdom, and transform us into new creations who are truly alive!

 

 

HEAVEN’S SONG

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)

Creation bears proof that we have a brilliant Creator, but it also sings back to God in worship, though seemingly silent. God hears the sound of creation loud and clear–it’s an endless Halleluiah. Creation teaches us to praise, even in the dark night or mundane moments. How beautiful it is that right now we can join an ongoing chorus of worship and connect with The Life Breather.

 

 

MEET ME IN THE MORNING

Psalms 143:8 is a morning prayer of reliance. When we rise, we revive our hearts with God’s unfailing love. When we face mountains too hard to scale, or when another day daunts us, He gives us the strength to move forward. What I love most about this passage, is that when we read His word, He speaks life into our weary souls.

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalms 143:8)

 

 

BUTTERCUP

This was the first painting I did after having a baby. I felt inspired to work on it when I sensed God calling me to “begin” again, just as I was, and paint. Completing it gave me the confidence to officially sell my art professionally. Though the original face has been now updated, I feel like it describes my style now, celebrating growth and the worthy pursuit of God’s call in our lives.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

 

More Than A Verse


Title: More Than A Verse
Materials: Illustration and Hand-drawn type
Description: This series of illustrated Bible verse were created from a desire to communicate messages that will forever share the wisdom, hope, grace, and love of our great and wonderful God. When all else fails, the truths we find in God’s Word will always remain. In God’s Word, we are reminded of God’s promises and truths — in the good and the not-so-good times of life. We can know that we are never alone!

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Remind me of why I create and work || Keep my eyes on Your glory instead of pursuing my own.

02-Not just a verse

Remind me of the bigger picture || Keep my eyes on Your will as you know what’s best for me.

 

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Remind me of Your grace || Keep my eyes fixed on Your blessings.

 

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Remind me to turn to Your Word || Write Your wisdom on my heart.

 

Artist Feature | Emma Skerratt

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I’m Emma Skerratt from Cheltenham, England. I grew up in Bath and went to university in Cornwall, where I fell in love with coast. I was blessed to grow up with Christian parents so my faith journey isn’t defined by a particular moment but more a growing relationship.

The thing I love about hand lettering is how much personality and character each project can have. Each artist has their own individual style and I found that by lettering Bible verses that I could visually represent what I want to stick in my head.

I like to think that my lettering is a form of worship and a response to all God has done for me. When I read a piece of Scripture that really affects me, all I want to do is reflect on the truths in it and create a unique piece of art that praises the Lord. I hope that my lettering will help and encourage other visual learners to engage with Scripture in a similar way.

Flavors of Life

Title: Flavors of Life
Materials: Watercolour and digital typography
Description: Life can be sweet, sour, bitter or intense (or a mixture of each).
Which season are you currently in? As the saying goes, a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.

Here’s some life hacks we hope can help you get through each season.

Artists: Jasmine Wisz and Vania Tan

 

 

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Painted by Jasmine Wisz

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These are a few of my favorite quotes

Title: The Woodland Brush : My Favourite Quotes 
Materials: Watercolor, pen, ink, paper


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This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, The Secret Garden. Whether the author intended this sentence to be spiritual or not, I took it as such.  To me it illustrates how our faith can grow apathetic if we do not “tend” to it.  A thistle (sin) has no business in a rose garden, but they will grow if we are not vigilant.

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Watercolor
Being a wellspring of life means to fill ourselves up with the waters of Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. We cannot pour into others if we are a drought ourselves. When we are not focused on Christ, our answers are short, our attitudes are poor and we are not an encouragement to those around us. Instead of building others up, we tend to tear them down. I always want to be an encouragement and helper to my husband. I always want to speak hope and truth into my children even on their bad days and mine. I want the same for every person I come into contact with. I know this is not possible unless we are fulfilled in Christ first and foremost. This painting serves as a reminder to me to love others well by keeping my heart in the Word of God.

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Watercolor
I love this song by Mumford and Sons. To me it is a reminder that we are broken humans who need our souls to be awakened by something greater than anything earthly. Whether that was the musician’s intention, it is how I interpret it. I love the lyrics “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.. Awake my Soul.. you were made to meet your Maker”. It is totally true that what we care for and put our energy into is where our life is and what our testimony is. If you love your job more than anything else, you will most likely become the most successful businessman or woman to ever walk the earth. But that is fleeting and momentary. It turns to dust when you do. I want my days to be so invested in Christ that my life is a reflection of that and is a light to others.

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Watercolor and Ink
This was a personal piece I did for my dad on father’s day last year. I am always drawn to the illustration of light vs darkness. It is such a powerful visual and it tends to feature a lot in my work. It is an analogy used over and over again in Scripture, and for good reason. In the darkness we are blind and things lurk and could easily harm us; we feel lost.  The light brings clarity and peace.Things that seem terrifying in the night are no longer threats. That, to me, is the power of Christ in us. This world can easily be a place of fear and worry and darkness. Evil is everywhere. Even as an adult, I am not a fan of the dark. But there is no darkness found in God and as His children, He gives us His light so that we can give clarity and peace to those around us. It is encouraging and beautiful and we need that reminder daily.

Artist Feature | Emily Barnett

@thewoodlandbrush

Emily Barnett. Full-time photographer and painter, part-time writer.

I love fairy tales and they inspire me, and so I paint about them or write new ones. Even in my photography I am drawn to the magical atmosphere that a session can have. I struggle with the idea that I want my work to be raw and brutally honest. There are some amazing artists out there that can bring you to tears with work that is graphic or depressing. And we probably need that to awaken us when we become lethargic.

However, I don’t paint or write like that. And I realized whether it is painting or writing, I can’t force myself to be like another artist. I love that I write about beauty and hope, we need that in this day. I can’t change who God created me to be, even if some may think my style isn’t edgy enough.

I am an extrovert and I found early on that being an artist means being alone for much of your time. Depression and doubts can definitely creep in when you are so wrapped up in your own mind for too long. I realized how important it is to be in community with my church family weekly. Whether that is discipleship meeting or small group, I crave that.  It fuels me enough to be on my own again. Another challenge is the comparison game. I think everyone deals with it in any career. But being an artist, your soul is kind of laid out on the table and if no one stops to look at it, you begin to wonder why. And then you notice other artists who are being noticed, and then you become obsessed with being more like them.

Thankfully, this only brings me back to God on my knees, asking Him to save me from vanity. And to not fear man, but to work to honor God. I have to remind myself of this over and over again, it is so easy to compare yourself this day and age with all of the social media beautiful images in your head. I think what God wanted for inspiration and encouragement from other artists, the enemy can warp into jealousy.  It is good to be mindful of this every day.