Our church’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) is coming up in June, and I am the team lead this year for construction of the set. Here are a few photos of some of the props we have made so far for the theme, ‘Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus’:
I will post more photos as we get things done, and I hope you have a blessed day!
I finally got around to touching up the murals I painted in the hallways at our church, Grace Chapel Leipers Fork in Franklin, TN. I initially set about touching up the newer mural painted in 2014. This is the most traveled area so there were numerous little dings and chips in the paint. The photos below are after the finishing touches.
I then moved to the opposite end of the hallway to the mural painted in 2003. This was painted while the building was still under construction, as in no water or lights (thank you Mike Poole for letting us use your floodlights!) and working around contractors trying to finish the place up. This was the second mural I had painted, and a large project, so I recruited Donna and Jodie (the two ladies that got me into this project) to help and it took about a week and a half to paint.
This mural had fewer issues, as this area is not used to the degree the other end is. I started thinking and it dawned on me that I had never touched up this mural! It was in great condition for its age. I proceeded to touch it up and the final result is pictured below.
Once again this year I was part of the design team to create the stage for our church’s Vacation Bible School program. Grace Chapel, in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, is known for it’s strong music, drama, and visual arts community. I am very fortunate to be a part of that! This year we had over 600 kids and 220+ volunteers attend the week long program.
So, come along for a short journey in pictures and see our interpretation of ‘Cave Quest’!
We have an area on a landing that is great for unique visuals, so we put together a mock cave entrance in the woods. The theme is ‘Jesus, light of the World’, so we put a cross just inside with colored lighting. All of these styrofoam pieces were reused from last year’s Mt. Everest VBS. With a little tweaking with a hot knife, and a bit of paint, we were ready to roll!
Next, we had to create the check in caves (two 10′ x 10′ canopies with paper over them) and paper the long hallway to resemble a cave.
We also needed to create 65 stanchion formations, 50 that the children would gather around during certain functions, and the rest to set around as decoration. Team member Maria came up with the idea to have ‘crystals’ coming out of the rocks. Sounds good, lets get to work! 6 colors, 65 pieces each, got it…
Love the bright colors!
65 pieces of 6 colors. Oh my.
Now to retool and repaint the stage pieces from last year. This year we were able to get a little more height to the ends of the background pieces, and it really added another dimension to it.
As artists, musicians and other creatives, we often question ourselves and our abilities. We listen to the voice of the one who is against us and after a while we begin to believe the lie: “What difference does my art really make?” I create it, then what? Even if it sells, it doesn’t change anything. That is where as creatives and believers we are wrong. Dead wrong.
Last month along with 20 to 30 other artists, I attended the ‘Made To Create’ workshop given by Deborah Gall of Abide Studio Ministries and hosted by Grace Chapel in Franklin, TN. It was a wonderful time of worship and learning, all while giving glory to God the Father.
Deborah is completely in touch with God and listening to and doing His word. She is passionate about reinforcing to the creative person the fact that we as artists were made to create, its in our genes and we are to go about it with purpose, passion, and as artistic warriors.
Taking us through a series of exercises over the course of the day, Deborah revealed how the scriptures not only give affirmation to craftsmen, but also command us to use the artistic gifts the Creator has given us to further His kingdom. She offered scriptures, book references, as well as break out sessions for artists to worship and create in whatever form they desired. Many painted, some played instruments and/or sang, while still others wrote poetry or in their journals, while another even danced.
By the end of the day, each of us was filled with the Holy Spirit and a renewed sense of purpose for our art and life itself,. We were deemed ‘artistic warriors’, and charged with Deborah’s mantra, “If you want to change a culture, change it’s art”. Sometimes just hearing truth to the fact we are on the right path helps us to take the first steps to making change happen. Thank you Deborah!
Here are the photos of the mural at the church upon completion. Once I was done with the painting, I sealed it with Minwax Sanding Sealer to help protect the paint.
Once the sealer is applied, it really brings the colors to life.
When I painted the mural that had to be removed, I had a good friend, Donna, help me as we had a serious deadline on that one. We decided to paint her husband’s old Ford 8N tractor next to a horse in a stall. When asked to redo it this time, I wondered if Donna would want to help me with the tractor again. On the first mural, we had painted it from the back as though it had just been pulled in. This time, I decided to reverse it, as her husband Greg went to heaven a couple of years ago. She jumped at the chance and we had a good time putting it back where it belongs.
At the end of the hallway I painted barn doors against the red outside boards of a barn.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour of the mural, it was fun to paint. I love to see the reactions and comments from the children, and everyone has their favorite character.
Our church we attend, Grace Chapel, had asked me to do another mural for the hallway in the vicinity of the children’s classrooms. I had done a couple of them before, and always enjoy seeing the kids faces light up when they see a mural, so I said yes. The hallway led to a classroom, and then turned into a much narrower hallway. They had the classroom and the narrow hall removed, and extended the wide hallway to another part of the building for better traffic flow. Since the outside of the church resembles a barn, we continued the theme inside as well.
The walls are approximately 20 feet long, and the mural is to extend around the far ends so it looks like barn doors. Here are a couple of pictures with the background in:
Next time I will post the pictures of the completed mural. Hope you all have a blessed week!
I have been updating my website over at Martindale Artworks lately and decided to add a category of my mural paintings. This mural was done at our church, Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork, Tennessee. They have one of the most outstanding youth programs I have ever seen in a church.
When construction began on the second phase of the building, Donna from the church staff contacted me about the Junior High room. They were thinking about a surf theme, and wondered what we could do with the enormous wall that would hold the projection screen. I will put the exact length in later, but to give you an idea on size, in order to paint the top section I was nearing the top of the largest step ladder we could find. There are thatched hut roofs on either end, and she asked what we could do to expand on that idea. We came up with surf shops along the beach and the theme was ‘Glide’, which is projected on the screen in the bottom photo.
I had not done anything like this before, and thoroughly enjoyed the process. One of the main issues was the projection screen: it was already mounted and was in a fixed position. How do we incorporate that into the mural? We decided to make it appear as a large sign on the front of one of the shops. I painted this while the building was still under construction, and the crews are always a pleasure to work with. It must have turned out alright as the children in the class absolutely love to come to church to learn how to ‘glide’ with Jesus!