Prophetic Art Stories
Father God has taken me worship painting overseas from Australia to the States, Africa, New Zealand and recently the UK and now Fiji! Each of those times has been a learning curve, little by little, almost precept upon precept.
In the beginning, I had so many questions which have been replaced as I gained understanding with deeper ones. I’m no theologian but I am an experienced artist and straddling the line between the spiritual and secular has taken some major reassessments over my time. And I’m still going! At each step of the way, there is a need for obedience. I can’t say it’s all been kicks and giggles but the adventure is off-the-planet amazing!
First Prophetic Arts Workshop in Ballarat
What an awesome God-experience! The first prophetic arts workshop in God’s own country at Mt Helen has just finished and man, was it a God-ordained time! It was held in an enormous studio that sits amongst bushland just bursting with springtime buds and blossoms. Dappled light shone through the trees all weekend with the promise of good things to come. We had heaps of food, some good laughs, an amazing prayer/prophecy time, a worship time and apparently, some of us sat up till 1.30am sharing and talking!
It was a very mixed group of all ages from 15 up. Some people had painted quite a bit before and some had not. We even had an intercessor come from New Zealand who grappled through a frustrating painting time and later discovered that God was showing her prophetic things, even in the struggle!
The workshop was done using acrylic paint which can be fabulous and, at the same time, very frustrating. A couple of people who did portraits discovered just how frustrating acrylics can be because they are so hard to blend for skin tones. A couple of others discovered how it comes into its own when you need to rework a painting as it dries so fast that it’s hard to make an irreparable mistake. We were all stretched and some took a leap of faith to become freer with their painting, resulting in some fabulous and very satisfying results.
At the end of day two, I think everyone was pleasantly surprised and pleased with their outcome. I certainly was! Afterwards, we had a prayer and prophecy time with some very significant words. For some, the powerful healing they received would have been the highlight of the weekend. For others, it would have been the prophetic promises of things to come.
However, the all-time collective highlight of the workshop was Merita’s word at the end of painting time which remarkably, tied each image together with a thread of meaning. Each person had come with their own image to paint and none had collaborated together beforehand. The range of topics was diverse ranging from portraits and dancers to a key and a bird.
God gave Merita an understanding of how all of them fitted together. Each painting led into the next with an Anzac alliance which combined ALL the works as a visual sentence! Listen to the video to hear and see the results. We definitely did not contrive this and I had no idea of any connection between them as we were going along. It was very humbling to be the facilitator and I’m really looking forward to the next one!
Wild Crazy Adventure With Prophetic Art
Resonate Worship Conference, Hull, England, June 2017.
Well, here I am at the airport again, this time off to Fiji to paint at a Sounds of the Nations worship conference, having just got back from the UK three weeks ago, painting at another Sounds of the Nations worship conference.
I’ve had some extraordinary worship times over the years but the UK experience was one very wild, crazy adventure!
The senior pastors and organisers of the conference, Jarrod and Victoria Cooper head up several campuses in Hull in the mid north and they recently became the English directors for SOTN. They’ve published several books and had the hit single; “Majesty”.
The first night of the conference was an amazing treat. Held in the 800-year-old Hull Minster, with millennia-old acoustics, was an astounding event. To try to put that into words just doesn’t cut it. Generations, decades and centuries of art, architectural adornments and history have gone into the building. It’s awe-inspiring just being there but to have the opportunity to really worship there was stupendous.
When I say really worship, I mean off-the-charts, Holy Spirit-infused presence-of-God-so-thick kind of worship. The synergy of Roma Waterman, Victoria Cooper and Bethany Hicks with the Hull musos was something else! Each of those worshippers really knows how to enter into and bring the Presence of God but put them together and it went off to extraordinary levels. Combined with the history, the ambience and quality of worship it was an amazing experience.
The following morning the conference started and I began a painting titled ‘Not a Sparrow”.
The painting is an image of a flock of grounded sparrows, grey and ubiquitous, underneath a pair of coloured birds ascending to a white eagle above them. The sparrows represent how people can come to see themselves. Most people start out with hopes and dreams but over time, life crowds in, complacency sets in and faith for more goes out the window. In effect, they see themselves as just like everyone else; grey and monochrome rather than with a colourful God-ordained assignment.
The two birds taking off represent the ones who refuse to settle for lifelong mediocrity. The white eagle is the supernatural calling us all to the extraordinary.
After lunch, it was the prophetic art workshop time. It was here that I had the most poignant moment of the conference. A man in his seventies had a question answered that he’d been asking about for 40 years! When that kind of thing happens, it’s so humbling and reassuring!
The evening painting was titled ‘ Write it Right’. It depicts an open book with a large hand writing in it. The book represents a life and the left-hand page is the past. Looming over the edge of the past is a nasty creature with long claws representing the robbing that everyone has had in their lives.
The right-hand page is the present. The hand using the quill represents the choices that each of us has to leave behind the past and write the rest of their lives according to God’s authorship or not. The Lion of Judah hovers over that right side of the image. Write It Right" is a call to make life choices wisely.
The next morning was the church service. I’d been really asking God for a supernatural impartation into my painting. I’ve been painting now for some years and I have seen Holy Spirit events intermittently but now I want to step up. I want to create works that God breathes on. I’d asked a lot for that and thus far in the conference, it hadn’t happened so my expectation for the morning was high and I wasn’t disappointed.
It was as if worship had been building all weekend and now it went to new heights. The whole front of the auditorium was full of people worshipping with their whole hearts. The energy was palpable.
When I’m in worship like that, I find it impossible to stand still, doing my version of dancing while painting. Actually, it's more like jumping up and down but my heart’s in the right place! During such times are when I’m really alive. My painting becomes very loose though and I only do large flat areas when I paint.
I was painting a large colourful eagle flying over the centre of Hull. The eagle was coloured to represent the supernatural being released over Hull.
I find it hard to put into words how I felt doing that work and especially afterwards. I felt such a strong sense of the anointing all around me which kept seeming to come in waves. And when I sat down, I was completely spent! But boy was it worth it!
I can’t say that I’m completely happy with any work I did during the conference as I didn’t have time to refine any of them afterwards. Usually, I’ll spend time in the studio tweaking and finishing a work before it’s ready for publication but as I needed to fly out shortly afterwards and I had no studio to work in, that wasn't possible. I took a lesson from that and this time I’m aiming to do one better work rather than 3 separate less polished works. I have had tremendous successes in a single painting session in the past but it can’t be relied upon each time. But that’s a topic for another post.
I came away from Hull with such a sense of having had a wild, crazy God adventure, it’s enough to propel you forward with high expectations to the next one!
More to come, stay tuned!
Fiji Sotn worship conference, July 2017
Call To Fijian Warriors
This is the 120cm x 120 cm or 4' x 4' painting I did in Fiji, titled "Call to Fijian Warriors". Initially, I was very reticent to paint it. I'd never been to Fiji before and didn't know what to expect. Were they a peaceable people or something else entirely? How would they receive a painting like this? I could end up with egg all over my face! I wasn't at all sure that this was the right God-image. As well, as all prophetic art should be either exhorting, comforting or edifying, I wasn't too sure that this fitted the bill.
However, the image painted as God's prophetic paintings must be what He wants to relay, not what I think would fit.
I've learnt, however, that I have to go with what I think God is saying to paint so off I went.
From the moment I arrived, I started getting confirmations that it was the right one.
I painted the same image over the three days of the conference, far from certain that it would work as an image or as a successful painting.
The temperatures each day were over 30 degrees which meant the acrylic paint had to be kept moist so it didn't dry out on the palette. It also meant that the paint was almost dry as soon as it went on the board which is great for my drippy style.
I also had the opportunity to speak at two sessions. The first was the nine types of prophetic art and the second was a story of a turn-around.