SHADOW PAINTER is a book to help prophetic artists understand their calling and grow as artists. Chapter 4 includes 33 types of prophetic art. I would like to briefly highlight one of them today. Painting in the Spirit is “painting and letting Holy Spirit direct all choices of paint, strokes, form and colors. There are many artists who paint during church services who are expressing prophetic art in this way. This may be done without a vision or image, just letting the Holy Spirit orchestrate the art. The results are abstract and free.” As you can see, in this specific category, it is not pre-meditated. The object is being a vehicle for the Holy Spirit and His freedom of expression.
For our first discussion artwork, I chose this piece by Jean Schormans. I saw it on a recent trip to Paris. It was a large painting, hung above another large piece, but it caught my husband and my attention. The emotional response was probably what grabbed us first. You have a group of boys, from another generation, being typical boys. There is a ringleader standing confidently with his feet apart, (body language is important!) and the followers. We related to this on many levels, as we run a drug rehab program, you always have the ringleaders and followers. Jesus also was a leader, and had His followers.
Notice the coloring, it is filled with soft gray blues and tans. It has good contrast, with the blacks strongly grounding the main subject. The alley line on the right leads your eye into the piece. It is softy realistic, loosely painted.
Where does your eye go when you view the piece? The composition is simple, so your eye doesn’t travel based just on the composition, but it follows the action. We notice the hands, the eyes and expressions.
You may want to copy this piece and learn from the painting technique, or even just a small study of one of the heads. Enjoy!
Leave your comments on this artwork, I would love to hear from you!
Have you noticed that a lot of prophetic art is very amateur? The message from the Lord may be clear, but the skills of the artist need to be developed. I will address this issue in upcoming posts by sharing a copy of a master work, and then discussing it and leaving it open for comments. When you study art in a good art school, they will have you copy a master work to learn from their style and technique. It is amazing what we can learn from years of study of Rembrandt, Degas, or the line work of Da Vinci by looking closely at their work.
Look for upcoming posts, MASTER MARKS, and grow in your art!!!