Prophetic Art and Christian Writers – Discipline

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Laurie A. Stasi in Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France

 

The Lord is speaking to me today about discipline. Sometimes, as artists and writers, we wait for the creative, or prophetic juices to kick in before we get moving. Instead, in faith we need to take the first step and go forward, trusting that the Lord will meet us in that place of surrender. The enemy’s strategy is to distract us from our most anointed work. He will put obstacles in the way and thoughts that make our mind wander and draw us to other less anointed projects. If he can take us away to second best, he wins, because second best is the enemy of the best. God wants the best for us, to accomplish His assignments. Always ask, “Is this project good, better or best?” In my case, we bought an old house that needs updating in every room. I can easily find work to do that feels like I accomplished something by the end of the day. It can be satisfying. But I have to strive for a disciplined life and limit how many hours a week I pour into the house. I have a project schedule for myself so that I will not stray from the God assignments. The Lord spoke to me, to “stick to the calendar.” It is still a struggle, but it is the formula for breakthrough.

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This is our fixer-upper, a 95-year-old foursquare house (taken when we bought it in 2015). I am holding Sophia, one of our 8 grandchildren, next to my husband, Paul. Old houses are tons of work, but they are very homey and beautiful. The Lord spoke to us related to the “Four Square” church, and shortly after we moved in, we went to a conference in California and were able to visit Aimee Semple McPherson’s church, Angeles Temple, the Four Square Church.

One tip I recently heard at a writer’s conference was regarding technology. Author, Ron Carlson said he does not open his Internet, or emails, etc., until after 2:00 p.m. Technology has become an enormous time-waster in our society. Even if you want to just check your email, it probably will take more time than you thought it would. Who could have imagined 25 years ago, that people would spend endless hours doing email, Facebook, Netflix and other such time-sucking technologies? If we regulate, or better yet, fast these things from our lives, we gain countless hours in our week. Even when a writer is writing blogs, it feels like productive work, but if the Lord has called you to just write books, you are disobedient. Many times we hear that we need to market our work to get exposure, but balance is the key so we do not get drawn into endless cyber hours. Pray for a strategy of balance in every area, and God will lead you to success.

“For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete,” Deut. 16:15b.

Laurie Stasi – March 8, 2016

MASTER MARKS – Compassion

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Today I want to look at a painting by William Bouguereau (1825-1905) called “Compassion.”  It is not merely about the death of Jesus, but our response to His death. In my view, the man is demonstrating his love for Jesus. He longs to know Christ and identify with Him in his sufferings. It reminds me of, Romans 6:3-9:

“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”

The man also shows the response to his love for Christ. Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” This man carries his own cross in obedience and love.

It is painted with very subtle, neutral colors. The palette is tans/browns and dusty grey/blues. The Painting has a background, and a foreground (no middle ground). The Composition moves your eyes from the man’s face, up to Christ’s face, and then oval around the two figures. The use of lights and darks, brightness and contrast is very natural and creates a well balanced contrast. The brightest areas are the sky, Jesus’ shoulder, Jesus’ cloth, the horizon sky, and the feet/ground area.

By studying other paintings and techniques we challenge ourselves to become better artists for the Lord. Use your gifts for God’s glory!

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Prophetic Painting- Trousseau for the Bride

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I painted at a women’s worship meeting yesterday and painted this painting. Several months ago my husband and I were in France. We had particular interest in visiting sites where the Huguenots had been martyred. In one of the cities we saw a clothing shop with a rotating mannequin in the window. It wore a white dress that had sketches of dresses pinned to it. I took a photo. I was drawn to it, believing the Lord wanted there to be sketches of churches on it. He also spoke to me the word “trousseau.” It is a dowry, or an outfit of the bride. It can be a hope chest, glory box or its contents. I believe the Lord wants to give the Bride a trousseau. He wants her adorned as the beautiful Church. The fact that the dress was rotating, means to me that there have been seasons when God has given out these beautiful gifts, and it is coming around again!

On our trip we visited many beautiful churches, basilicas, and cathedrals. They are so stunning as they let in colorful light through their stained glass windows. I love the magnificent architectural elements, the gothic arches, the stone carvings and massive wood doors. God wants to bring beauty back to the Bride of Christ. He wants to give her a “hope chest” of blessings, glory and beauty. He wants the very structure of the Church’s spiritual character to be beautiful.

As a side note: the Huguenots were known as being artists and craftsmen.

 

RAISING UP PROPHETIC ARTISTS

SHADOW PAINTER, prophetic art book by Laurie A. Stasi

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.

Welcome to Shadow Painter – INTRODUCTION

SHADOW PAINTER, prophetic art book by Laurie A. Stasi

We live in a generation that is seeking more of the Lord and of spiritual things. Many are receiving revelation from Him. Countless individuals have dreams, visions or even trances. Some of these people feel called to demonstrate what they have seen or heard in their creative art. These individuals we now call, “prophetic artists.”

The aim my new book SHADOW PAINTER, is to help prophetic artists in every area of art to understand the vast possibilities in doing art for God. SHADOW PAINTER includes 33 types or categories of prophetic art, 29 exercises, and 24 Bible Study topics to develop your prophetic artistic gifting.

SHADOW PAINTER will also help others in the church understand what prophetic art is, and why God wants the body of Christ to embrace the Father’s gift of creativity. I hope to encourage artists in the lifestyle of the prophetic, and give helpful direction in hearing from Him and interpreting their visions.

The Bible gives us solid understanding of the prophetic and the arts. SHADOW PAINTER stands on scriptures to present topics related to art, imagination and creativity. Christian artists should know what the Lord says related to these subjects so they can be the most effective in their callings as artists.

I pray that as you read this book, God will anoint your creativity, and you will find more ways to use the arts for the Lord’s glory. Whatever your field of study, weather it be the visual arts, music, cinema, calligraphy, banners, photography, dance, writing, drama, etc., Shadow Painter will give you information that will stretch you and help you grow in your creativity. As I wrote, I frequently put information in context of visual art, but please apply the principles to your creative medium.

The Lord has precious revelation He wants to release to our generation. He has prophetic guidance and wisdom He wants to impart to His children. I pray that churches will embrace the arts, and the artists in their calling as they release a message from heaven. I encourage artists to fearlessly go forward with the message they have received.

The world has had an evil grip on the arts for too long. Its time we take them back and offer them as a sweet sacrifice to our Savior. SHADOW PAINTER will give direction and guidance and together we can create for the Lord’s glory.