Design

"Teach Me Your Way" MVL logo proposals

       

 Every year Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School chooses a Bible passage as a theme.  The theme guides our chapel devotion readings and is accompanied by a logo.  Some years the logo is designed by a student, some years I do the design.  Here are some logo variations I've proposed for next year's MVL theme, "Teach Me Your Way, O Lord".  The design incorporates school colors and speaks to Christ-centered education.  The spine of the book and the text banner line up to create a cross.  The centered design and clean lines strike an orderly, contemporary pose with just a touch of vintage appeal.

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Camp Lor-Ray

Here's a rough first draft of plans to re-imagine the worship space at Camp Lor-Ray.  Jeff Hendrix, youth director at the camp, approached me about making more permanent fixtures for their 50th anniversary celebration.  The wood altar and lectern have served faithfully, and need to be retired.
So we're looking at something more permanent.  Jeff wanted to emphasize the Means of Grace in the designs so there are elements of Baptism and the Lord's Supper incorporated into the altar and the raised platform.  The phrase, "Thy Word is Truth" would round out the Means  of Grace.

Jeff mentioned that sound is an issue when preaching outdoors.  The proposed design places the lectern more central amongst the congregation.  A fire ring is also centrally located for evening devotions.

Camp Lor Ray's current worship space
We also discussed the idea of making pavers to integrate Camp Lor Ray's theme, "Thy Word is Truth".  The pavers could also be bolted to a stump to make a stool or bolted to a wall.  Pavers could potentially be sold as keepsakes for families that visit.

Check out Camp Lor Ray's website at http://camplor-ray.org/.  It looks like a beautiful place!
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Jesus and the Children prelims

   I squeezed a little productive studio time out of my 4th of July week.  I brought costumes and scouted locations at my parent's lake place.  Kids, parents, grandparents, and neighbors participated to stage a series of reference photos for me.  I had the kids run to "Jesus" and let the camera shutter run.  In all I took 141 photos.  The next step was to sort through the photos and piece together a pleasing, believable composition.  I'm doing a preliminary drawing (shown in these photos) to work it out and get a feel for it.  When that's done I'll start the monochrome oil on panel underpainting.

This is another composition for the triptych I'm painting for St. Mark's in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I feel so much better after getting the reference photos.  That was a big unknown in this project.  (See related posts at the flyout menu to the right of your screen.  Click on "Labels" then "St. Mark's Project".  If the "Labels" menu doesn't appear, try refreshing the page.)

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Skateboards now available!

Check out my skateboard decks!  High quality boards with options for trucks, bearings, and wheels.  Choose the size and shape of your board with my custom printed designs on the bottom.  Bringing a little faith to skate culture.  I've always wanted a skateboard...

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Unending Love Concert program

Program cover design for the 2013 MVL Spring Sacred Concert.  

The Hokusai wave motif coincided with an MVL Art Factory project (student work) on the same theme.

  Here is my explanation of the symbolism as printed in the program:
God’s love is on the move.  It is majestic and persistent and it is for you.


The artwork that was developed for this Spring Sacred Concert was inspired by themes in the song Unending Love.  The lyrics, printed elsewhere in this program, picture God’s love with poetic references to water.  Water is used as a symbol to help us further understand the Gospel.

“Here is love, vast as the ocean, Loving kindness as the flood...Through the floodgates of God’s mercy, Flowed a vast and gracious tide...Grace and love like mighty rivers, Poured unending from above.”

In the artwork, a continuous wave embodies these water references.  The long horizontal shape of the canvas hints at an expansive, panoramic view. In the context of the song, this long continuous wave reinforces the symbolic connections between the ocean and God’s infinite, unstoppable love.  
Notice the wave continues through different colors and media.  This is unified variety. This relationship between the sections of the canvas can remind us that despite changes in this life, God’s love endures forever.  While we are thankful, jealous, aimless, excited, vain, exhausted, gracious, deceitful...God’s love is vast as the ocean.  Despite our shifty nature, God is constant.
The water imagery used here originated with the Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai.  He was an exciting artist producing works with considerable quality and quantity.  His most famous image is the 1833 woodblock print, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from his series “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji”.  In the late 1800’s European artists such as Degas and Van Gogh were deeply influenced by the simple graphic style, unusual compositions, and contemporary subjects of Japanese prints.  Though Hokusai was not a Christian artist, “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  -2 Corinthians 10:5

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Set designs

Early sketches for the set of the MVL Spring play, "There's No Time Like the Present".  We really have a super group of young actors in the cast.  This is a play written by Mr. Ron Wels, a fellow teacher at MVL.  He's penned over a dozen scripts and this time-traveling buddy story is another strong contribution.  It's a special experience to have the author involved in the direction of a play.  The actors have opportunities to ask questions about wording and motivation and the script can be adjusted more freely.  It reminds me of watching "Shakespeare in Love" as actors lines were being handed to them by the author every day.  While we don't have such a precarious situation, there is that sort of creative flexibility.  Fun stuff.
So I tell our student in charge of props and costumes that I'd like to get a mustache for Sam.  She looks at me and says, "Oh, okay.  I have one in my shoe."  She takes off her shoe and produces 2 self-adhesive mustaches.  She says, "they might smell".  I'm pleased with what seemed like a miracle and put the shoe-mustache on Sam.  That's showbiz.

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Interpreting the St. Croix painting

I've been working on a document to help interpret the symbolism in the St. Croix painting.  Here is the first draft.  It's interesting putting these thoughts about the painting down.  When I work on a project my mind mulls over the symbolic connections so often that they seem obvious to me.  I hope an interpretive document like this will help viewers understand those connections.

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