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Raffle With A Cause

by mize , August 18, 2013—12:00 AM

Topics: Exhibitions, Faith, charity, inspiration, painting, raffle

I am honored and humbled to have been asked to be the 2013 Featured Artist at the 8th Annual Aaron Douglas Art Fair in Topeka, KS. This unique privilege is unquestionably the most attention I have received as an artist to date. I have no doubt in my mind that this is an opportunity given to me by God. As such, it is my intention to take full advantage of this recognition by using it to share my faith in Christ and my belief in the Bible as the infallible word of God. It is also my intention to honor God with the Featured Artwork which I created specifically for the Fair. Because God has given me my artistic talents and this chance to showcase them, it seems to me the proper response is to allow God to have His way with the actual artwork… Continue reading… 1 comment

I wanted to share about an exciting event currently taking place at the high school where I teach. On Friday, Feb. 26th, we hosted our second annual Art Night Lock-In. The Lock-In is an all night event in which 18 students were invited to spend the entire night at school with the art teachers creating original paintings and artwork. All of the paintings created during this one night event will then be auctioned of at Southwind Gallery on March 5 in conjunction with Topeka's (or currently, Google's ) First Friday Art Walk. We were also excited that this year local artist Barbara Waterman-Peters… Continue reading… 0 comments

One of the tasks I__™ve been working on over the summer break is modifying the Daily Dose writing assignments for the painting classes, which are taught by another teacher and me. We are planning to put the entire semesters worth of assignments online at our respective teacher homepages and the students can complete them weekly at their leisure. We will then discuss the each weeks artists every Friday. This should free up a significant amount of class time daily and still allow us to incorporate the invaluable art history component. I__™m pretty excited to see how it all plays out during the course of the semester… Continue reading… 4 comments

A little over a week ago I posted a blog about a Post-It Note Mural I was working on for Topeka Bible Church where I attend. I was surprised and flattered at the feedback I received in response to the blog, and in support of my efforts in creating the mural. It is because of that interest that I thought I would offer an update about the now finished product, which you see pictured here. First off, let me address some of the FAQ 's I've received about the project. The final mural ended up being just over 3 feet tall by 5 feet wide and incoporated approximately 670 Post-It Notes. My best estimate is that I put in about 25 hours of labor producing the work… Continue reading… 9 comments

Post-It Note Mural

by mize , November 7, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Christianity, Faith, community, inspiration, involvement, technique

This week and next I'm working on a mural project with a rather unexpected media: Post-It Notes. The worship arts pastor at my church (Topeka Bible Church) challenged me with this task after seeing Iowa artist Shay Hovell's Post-It Note Mona Lisa . Last Sunday Post-It Notes were included in all of the bulletins passed out at the three worship services, and the congregation was asked to write the names of three people in their life that needed prayer, especially if they were nonbelievers. To add a nice element of intrigue, everyone was not told what we had planned to do with all the notes, just that we had something special in mind. All the notes were collected, counted, and photo copied… Continue reading… 6 comments

Peter's Doubt

by mize , September 9, 2008—10:30 PM

Topics: Christianity, Faith, inspiration, painting

This painting is inspired by the account of Peter walking on the water found in Matthew 14:25-33. In the story, which immediately follows Jesus feeding the five thousand, the apostles are fighting their way through a storm as they cross the Sea of Galilee to the shores of Gennesaret. They are terrified when they discover the figure of Jesus approaching the boat and walking on the water. (verse 26) Jesus reassures the disciples, and Peter, in a statement that comes dangerously close to challenging Jesus, says, "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water." (verse 28) Peter takes a few cautious steps and finds that he is indeed walking on the water. This is the point of the story which seems to get the most attention… Continue reading… 2 comments

Getting Involved

by mize , May 16, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Christianity, community, inspiration, involvement

I've been meaning to write this blog for a few weeks now but haven't managed to find the time. After reading Caroline Henry's astute observations about the importance of art communities, I felt compelled to make the time today. (And it has nothing to do with the fact that this is the last Friday of the school year! Woohoo!) I can remember vividly the night I set up my initial free Artid account. The excitement and anticipation over the visibility my work might receive on the World Wide Web; the thought that something might even sell! I remember praying and asking God to please bless the effort that I was making to become more actively involved in promoting my art… Continue reading… 5 comments

This was the title of a fascinating documentary I watched last night that followed the "career" of the then four year old artist Marla Olmstead. (pictured at right) The toddler was producing abstract paintings of remarkable quality and sensitivity. The canvases attributed to Marla would be significant no matter what the age of the artist, however, the fact that she was so young certainly added to the sensational aspect with which her story was pursued.… Continue reading… 2 comments

Rejection Acception

by mize , March 28, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Exhibitions, inspiration

Early last month I noticed a "Call for Artists" on the homepage or our local public library. The proposed juried exhibition was for all varieties of printmaking. I've typically not been one to submit entries to juried exhibitions, due largely to a lack of confidence in my older work. Or perhaps more specifically, confidence that no one in my small midwestern city will appreciate what I have to offer. However, this time it was different. Right away I felt compelled to participate. I've always enjoyed printmaking and I thought the new direction in my work, of which I'm fairly confident, would translate well into a block print… Continue reading… 7 comments

Get Out There and Look!

by mize , January 16, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: inspiration

It__™s about that time of the semester when I give my high school art students their one real homework assignment. They are required to visit a local gallery or museum and write a paper about their encounter as well as reflect on five pieces of art. They usually groan and complain about this at first and then many of them will admit, in the safe confines of their final paragraph, that they actually enjoyed the assignment.… Continue reading… 1 comment

The Art of Family

by mize , January 11, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Family, inspiration

To date this is, without question, the one work of art of which I am most proud. It hangs prominently in the front room for all to see as they enter into our home. The reason I am so fond of this work has as much to do with its source of inspiration, as it does the current composition. It is a portrait of my family. And like us, this painting has continued to grow and change over the years. … Continue reading… 1 comment

Art Therapy and Paranoia

by mize , January 8, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Art as Therapy, inspiration

This very large monoprint is as much a record of therapy as it is a work of art. My wife and I shared a very close friend whom we both had known for nearly 14 years. In 1999 we watched as this dear friend slowly succombed to what we can only guess was a crippling case of paranoia and dementia. He became obbessed with conspiracy theories and was convinced that there were secret orginazations not only monitoring him closely, but coordinating and controlling his life against his will. At one point he reluctantly admitted to looking behind pictures hanging in his house expecting to find hidden cameras. … Continue reading… 3 comments