Mendez and his stache.

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I cannot stand the character of Mendez on “Orange is the New Black”….. but he has a good stache. Movember sketch Day 6 is his!

Movember catch-ups.

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What do Chaplin, Sam Elliott and Wolverine have in common???

Almost nothing.

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Except they were requests in my Movember sketch challenge! If people give money to this cause, they earn the right to suggest a drawing! So here is Day 3, 4 and 5!

Keep Mo’ing on and donate here!

Movember Drawing, Day 2!

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My first donor made a suggestion for a Movember drawing, so here it is, Day 2! Superman.. a la ‘stach!!

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Please consider donating to these amazing cause! Click here to do so!

I can’t grow a moustache – but I can draw one!!

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I was thinking as Inktober was ending… hmmm, I should keep drawing. Someone suggested, why not do a Movember theme? I thought it could be fun to think of 30 [31?] different sketches of moustaches and different styles to draw them in……. and THEN I thought, why NOT try to raise some moulas for this great cause whilst my pencil is running amok??

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So [with help from Tams of course] I quickly created a Movember profile, and just finished my first sketch! I thought Kip from Napoleon Dynamite was a good place to start on the moustache spectrum.

My plate is pretty full, but this is a great way for me to put some pressure on myself and support my Bros in the process.

Please consider donating and kicking my butt a bit further down the road to keep the drawings comin’! Click here to donate: http://ca.movember.com/mospace/8179729

A third way. Being interviewed for a message at “The Meeting House”.

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“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

– The Apostle Paul, Ephesians 4:2-3

 

[In case it doesn’t work, link to the video here, click on Video button.]

It so happens lately – I believe through a lot of prayer and our attempt at living authentically – that opportunities have been cropping up for Tams and I to share a bit of our thoughts on faith and being gay. Or being a gay married couple, and still clinging to our faith. For many, that still does not compute.

And that’s okay.

I spent many years wrestling with that, and I will be the first to understand that any sort of conclusion doesn’t get reached lightly. My goal in sharing my truth is not to convince people that being gay is right, but that there is love for all, in all stages of this journey. Love is the first and foremost. Do I still wrestle with tension in my conservative family and background on this? Yes. Does God give me peace that that’s ok? Absolutely. But let’s dialog, let’s talk, let’s communicate – in love – that we don’t all have to agree. We are all equal at the foot of the cross, and there is room to disagree. Let’s pour our energies into figuring out how to love each other well, instead of trying to be “right” in our own interpretation of Scripture.

Through these many years of journeying this issue, I have made friends on all ends of the spectrum. And some we agree and cheer each other on, and some we disagree – and still manage to cheer each other on – and THAT’S the beauty of God in the midst of it. One of those dear friends is Bruxy Cavey, teaching pastor at The Meeting House church in Ontario. He is also author of an amazing book, “The End of Religion”. The stance at The Meeting House is quite clear on not affirming same-sex marriage. But Brux is able to celebrate Tams and I in our relationship with each other and with him. What a beautiful picture that is to me! It’s not “I love you BUT…”, it’s “I love you.” And that we are trying to embody that verse from Ephesians is so incredibly encouraging to me.

Sort of out of the blue, Brux asked if he could interview us for a current series they are working through entitled Modern Family. We were going to be seeing him in the Vancouver area for a concert anyway, so a few weeks ago we did a mini video shoot and taped some thoughts on this topic that they edited for a short clip in his message. This can be seen in the embedded video – our interview is about 30 minutes in – Bruxy leads up to it around 25 minutes in, but the whole message is worth listening to. [The whole series is definitely worth listening to, btw!] This is obviously a drop in the bucket in terms of how much this issue will need continuing dialog on, but how amazing is it that there are many out there willing to at least sit down and have that dialog! So thankful am I.

Also wanted to mention, another dear friend of ours, Wendy Gritter, was also interviewed in this message briefly, and she is a true champion for the sexual minorities in the church. Her ministry New Direction has been focusing on what is called Generous Spaciousness within the church –  to allow for people of faith to have room to work out these incredibly hard issues of sexual identity. Wendy is a personal hero of mine, and has just been such a  great friend and encourager to Tams and I throughout our long journey.

This is an exciting [and scary] time to be a gay Christian. And I feel it’s also an incredibly huge privilege AND responsibility. Those are two massive labels that carry with them their own baggage; nevermind combining them into a new package of chaos and confusion. But, hopefully, with love at the forefront – and as Apostle Paul says – trying desperately to be humble, gentle and patient, we can make a difference. We can learn from each other and admit we don’t have all the answers. But surely we can love each other better.

Bottom line – don’t be afraid to love too much. I know on my death bed it will be the one thing I will be so incredibly proud to say I did recklessly.

Inktober comes to an end on Halloween.

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What a great month of stretching myself and my pride, and getting encouraged by friends and other artists to just keep making art! Saw some AMAZING art created by artists I know and admire, wow. And what an awesome way to rediscover the joys of ink and paper. I will surely miss you Inktober, but onto something new!

With some suggestions from friends, I thought I would end this in Halloween-ish style, with help from ET, Beetlejuice and Gizmo.

Sketching “Psycho”.

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Trying an exercise I haven’t done in a while…. watching a favourite film, pausing it whenever I like the composition, and trying to sketch it as fast as possible. Since I am [more than] slightly obsessed with anything Hitchcock created, and it’s almost Halloween, “Psycho” seemed appropriate. These didn’t all turn out, but with the good drawings come the… not so good ones.

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Onto the next scene!

Halloween-inspired Inktober’s.

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Work has been really busy, and I can’t post the stuff I work on… so I am always trying to do a daily drawing of my own…. especially right now with Inktober!

One is a retro-inspired suggestion by my wife, and the other is a film-inspired sketch from “Hocus Pocus”. I got some commissions to work on too….. gotta get drawing!

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Crafting a card.

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I used to make a ton of homemade cards, but I did mostly little watercolor designs. Lately though, I have become obsessed with using craft paper cutouts. So fun to get back to the second grader inside and just use scissors and glue!

I needed to do a card for friends of ours moving away to Cambodia to do some amazing work with the kids there. With some idea help from my brilliant wife, here’s how it turned out.

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Inktober-ing a Pumpkin Patch: Part 2

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I decided to try a retro slant on these drawings…. my favourite style of illustration! But I have not done tons of these drawings myself, mostly out of intimidation. I am terrified to put up drawings and not be “good enough”. But I am learning…. learning so much.

Mostly… I am learning to extend the grace to myself that I try to extend to others. I am learning to have respect for the gift I do believe God has given me. And deciding to stop comparing myself to other artists and how much better they are than me… and just do art.

 

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It is making me very happy.  I hope it makes others happy too 🙂

This amazing quote from an artist I so respect hit the nail on the head this week. I will read this every morning!!

“I have failed many times in my life. But the secret is, as long as you learn from each mistake that is all that counts so you don’t repeat the mistake again and again. If YOU find yourself struggling as to what direction you wish to pursue in life, I can tell you this…. If you want to do art, you do art. Draw all the time and build up your skills. If you wish to improve your skills, learn from others, “mimicry is the prerequisite to creativity.” In order to find your ideas for creating, I have found the best way to do this is through your own observation as well. This is the most important. What do YOU see when you are at life drawing or at the coffee shop drawing people. Doing this will help you create new ideas. Do not concern yourself with what others are doing, When I say this, it is in reference to knowing that you are not them, learn from them but don’t compare, you will just drive yourself insane.
– Stephen Silver