The freedom of the Christian artist

Religious subjects are no guarantee that a work of art is Christian. On the other hand, the art of an artist who never paints the head of Christ, never once paints an open tomb, may be magnificent Christian art….


Some Christian artists will never use religious themes. This is a freedom the artist has in Christ under the leadership of the Holy Spirit

—Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible

A dark mess

Tea pot painting

This was a toned-ground exercise from my acrylics starter kit. It was a bit of a disaster—mainly because I ran out of white and mixed most of the colours way too dark, but also because I got discouraged, started experimenting, and made a bit of mess of it. Again, I learnt a lot, though, and I did enjoy creating the toned-ground effect.

I also did a reasonable quick sketch from the photo before I attempted the painting:

Tea pot sketch

Initial sketches

From what I’ve read recently, drawing is foundational to good painting, so I’ve been focusing on that to begin with. Here are some of my better sketches from the last few weeks.