(with Late Tuesday at the Triple Door in Seattle)
Before I left Seattle for my new home in Houston, I got a chance to paint with my favorite rocker ladies from Late Tuesday at their reunion concert at the Triple Door. It was a great night and I had so much fun seeing old friends and singing along to all their great songs. If you didn’t know, LT was the first band I ever created with…. about ten years ago with chalk no less! Crazy where life takes you.
So… a couple things.
John Locke - Patron Saint of the Fatherless
One… the LOST Saint Paintings are done. These are 12 illustrations for an upcoming book by Chris Seay called The Gospel According To LOST, published by Thomas Nelson. They were a blast to work on and you can preview them all by clicking here.
Sawyer - Patron Saint of Kind Hearted Con Men
Hurley - Patron Saint of Blessed Losers
Kate - Patron Saint of Beautiful Killers
Two… So I’m down here in Houston now. I took a job with Ecclesia Church being there artist in residence which is pretty cool and actually a really good spot for where I’m at. For me, being an artist and being someone who loves Jesus and is a part of His church, I’ve been wondering a long time how visual artists fit in the life of a community centered around Jesus. Hundreds of years ago, whether good or bad, the church hired artists to make some of the best artwork ever made in some of the greatest places of worship. Now though, it seems like the only thing you can do as a visual artist is help design logos or paint the nursery noah’s ark. There’s gotta be something more. And Ecclesia has invited me to come and live that out for awhile and see what happens.
(image of painting from my first Sunday with Ecclesia)
One of the first things I was asked to do was to write out my own job description. I spent a lot of time thinking this through, and I share it now with you:
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE | SCOTT ERICKSON
CREATE | INDIVIDUAL
The invitation to come and be a part of Ecclesia was to come and do what you do. First and foremost, what I do is create. My role in a community/body of Christ is that of a storyteller and creator. I will work diligently to be obedient to my calling in the work that I do with the Ecclesia community, and as well as I what I know I am supposed to do as an artist.
VISUAL CULTURE | CHURCH
Creating comes out of story and experience. In this job, the stories and experiences I encounter will be in the context of the Ecclesia community. I hope to lead in the visual interpretations of the journey this community experiences with Christ through:
-visual worship during our communal gatherings
-furthering visual storytelling and remembrance
GIVE VALUE | COMMUNITY
As a body, we make up different parts and have different giftings. Often in our culture, those who have been given the gift in the creative arts feel as though their abilities are of lesser value compared with others. This is just not true. Part of my work will be to:
-encourage the artists in the Ecclesia community
-pursue missional partnerships involving the arts
-build relationships with local artists.
For the next few months I’ll be at all the Youth Specialties National Youth Worker Conventions in LA, Cincinnati, and Atlanta. Maybe see some of you there.