Wednesday, 06 June 2012
[Editor's Note: Sam is giving away two copies of the piece of art below at his site. To participate in the giveaway, you'll need to follow the instructions on his site.]
By Sam at Creative Theology
One of the main concepts in my book is that of ekphrasis art. I believe the artistic concept of ekphrasis can be readily applied to our lives. We can live ekphrasis lives, responding to God’s good work all around us, and in so doing, deepen our relationship with the one who is setting all things rights and making all things new.
Over the past couple years or so, I have followed the work of Mandy Thompson (you can get to know her here) and we have shared many thoughts and words by way of blog, email, and social network conversations. Mandy read an advance copy of the book, and was inspired to create in response. Ekphrasis!
I asked Mandy if she would be willing to create a piece specific to the book, and she agreed. What resulted was a beautiful mixed media art piece. Mandy has the following to say about the piece:
Sam Mahlstadt poured his life into inspiring other artists with his book, Creative Theology. I was honored to be invited to reflect his words in this mixed media piece. One of the strongest elements of Sam’s book is the concept of “Ekphrasis” art, which is inspired by (and a reflection of) other works of art. The same can be said of our response to Creation. We respond to the nature, the created beauty, by creating more beauty.
In creating this piece, my goal was to capture the essence of what I read in Creative Theology. It is a book about appropriately responding to the beauty of Creation through our own ability to create. I included choice words and quotes from the book, as well as some of its custom graphics.
Notably, this piece was created in the blooming vibrant spring.
The cost per piece is $30. The size is 12×9. For additional specs and to see a few close-up views, you can view the piece in Mandy’s Etsy shop.