Elgar: The Poet

This performance of British composer Sir Edward Elgar’s (1857-1934) String Serenade in e minor features the string section of the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra playing some of the most celebrated string music of all time. I really enjoy watching string players as they pull the bow across the strings and their instrument becomes an extension of…

GTA Advent Journey Day 18: Things Above

featured in My Dancing Day : Reflections of the Incarnation in Art and Music. As you gaze at this busy scene, think of all of your holiday preparations and resolved to slow down this year.

GTA Advent Journey Day 12: The Mission

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 This painting by Raphael is from the High Renaissance and demonstrates a perfection of…

Advent Journey, Day Five: Deliverance

Advent Journey Day Five: Deliverance George Frederick Handel lived during the years  1685-1759 and is most famous for his powerful “Hallelujah Chorus” from his oratorio Messiah. He lived for most of his life in England during the Baroque period of music and art history. He wrote many other fine works that used “word painting” to spotlight…

Getting Away

We all need to get away To find a bit of breathing room New perspectives Time to reconnect with family A break from the day to day Only this year I am struggling with a tailbone injury/issue that isn’t allowing me to sit in the car for longer than a short trip across town. So…

Podcast: Henry Ossawa Tanner

On this episode of “Seeking God Thru the Arts” we will be looking at the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner who was an American painter born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1859. I will be joined by Adam Nettesheim who regularly posts to my Facebook page called God thru the Arts.  In our discussion we’ll be…

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

  Not sure why I am so drawn to this painting, but there is just something about it that really speaks to my soul. So let’s unpack it together. Painted in 1890, it is the last painting Van Gogh produced in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, shortly before he died. It is sort of a last testimony if…

The Light of Faith

We all can get burned out from time to time… and our once full throated song can become a half-hearted tune that we push through as we become absent minded about the glorious nature of our faith. How can we cope with these times of the “doldrums” in our walk with God? How can we…