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I have a confession to make.When I first started building my art business, I had no idea what I was doing at first. 😳Okay, maybe that isn’t that big of a confession - I think a lot of business owners feel this same way! Trying to turn your creative life into a successful art business creates a whole host of challenges, frustrations, and uncertainty.  Everybody tells you that they have the “secret sauce” of strategy, mindset, and tactics, but often they just leave you confused, bewildered and nowhere closer to where God wants you to be.  Luckily, I had the world’s best mentor on my side. 😉Over time, God showed me a simple, effective methodology for thriving as a Christian artist.  It consists of five principles you can put into your art business to make sure it aligns with God’s unique design for you.  I call it the “Created to Thrive Artist’s Framework.”    On this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m going to share the elements of the framework with you.  Grab a notebook and pen so you don’t miss anything! And when you’re ready to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art” Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097XBP7333️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop. Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreen4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
One of my favorite things about this podcast is connecting with amazing people doing amazing things, and it’s so much fun to check back in with previous guests to see what they’ve been up to and to see how God is moving in their lives today.My guest on this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast is Rebecca Friedlander, who joined me way back in episode 141 to talk about her film project, The Thin Places, and boy, has she been busy since then!Rebecca is an artistic polymath (isn’t that an awesome word?), meaning she makes art in many different media and categories and is always moving from project to project nonstop.  She’s a film producer, graphic designer, fine artist, worship leader, author, speaker...you name it, and Rebecca is into it!Rebecca actually started out with a desire to be a singer and even wrote hundreds of songs before she finished high school.  But God had other plans for her future in art and ministry.  So we’re talking about the challenges and rewards of following God’s plan - even when it doesn’t mesh with YOUR plan - here on the podcast.  I’m sure you'll be inspired by her story and appreciate how she discovered the need to surrender to God’s will in order to live her most blessed life.   To learn more about Rebecca, her ministry, and her works of art of all sorts, visit her website.  https://www.rebeccafriedlander.com/ When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 4 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art” Wondering how to create your art with God or what prophetic art is all about?  Grab my free guide and make sure you’re not stuck in any of these misconceptions about prophetic art!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!” Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art. Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connect4️⃣  Learn a New Framework for Living: Watch this free 60-minute, on-demand workshop I created called “How to Start Thriving as the Artist God Created You to Be” where I share a simple, Kingdom-based framework for living that anyone can use starting today. Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://matttommeymentoring.mykajabi.com/ew-optin-how-to-start-thrivingThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!Connect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
I remember how I felt when I first started thinking about turning my art into a business.  Excited, nervous, scared, hopeful…  All the emotions were fighting for space in my mind and it was hard to concentrate on anything else.  And maybe that’s what you’re feeling right now.  When you start any kind of business, there’s so much to consider and weigh out, and that goes double when your business is going to live or die by your creative output.  So is it worth that kind of headache?  Especially in the uncertain economy we’re in right now, you may be thinking that now’s not the right time to “turn pro” in the art game...  I’m here to tell you, there is never a perfect time to make a big change.  No matter when you start your business, you’re always going to have to overcome uncertainty and doubt.  But I believe you should absolutely start up an art business, and in this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m excited to tell you all about why that is.   Check it out!  And when you’re ready to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art” Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097XBP7333️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop. Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreen4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
You know those people who are so busy and prolific that you wonder how on earth they manage to get everything done?  That’s my friend, Joshua Mills.  Joshua and his wife, Janet, have been in ministry for 25 years, sharing their personal compassion and message of the hope, healing and restoration of Jesus Christ to countless people worldwide through their organization, New Wine International Ministries.Joshua has traveled the world speaking to audiences, writing dozens of books (dozens!), and recording and releasing albums ranging from praise and worship music to relaxing spa music.  I’m honored to chat with him about, among other things, his brand-new book, “Creative Glory.”    I loved talking with Joshua about his outlook on creativity in the Kingdom of God and how God provides for those who do what He’s calling them to do.  You’re going to really get inspired when you hear this message, too.   For more on what is keeping Joshua busy, be sure to check out his website at joshuamills.com, and as he says, you can find his books and albums “wherever books and albums are sold.”  😄====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 4 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, "3 Biggest Misconceptions to Thriving as a Christian Artist"  Struggling to figure out how to be an artist and a Christian simultaneously?  If you believe these three misconceptions, that might be why!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/misconceptions-to-thriving2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!” Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art. Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connect4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode.===========Connect with Matt online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Profit and loss statements.  Shipping and insurance.  Website updates. Taxes.  Marketing strategies. 😳The never-ending to-do list of business is enough to make you want to tear your hair out (or lock yourself in your studio and never come out!)The truth is, building a business is a whole new set of skills that a lot of us haven’t mastered yet!But if you really want to take your art from a hobby to a full-fledged business, you’ve got to figure this stuff out!That’s why on this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m sharing my 5 tips for conquering the business side of art……so you can create, grow, and share your gift while also experiencing God’s provision in your life!And when you’re ready to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art” Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes! Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097XBP7333️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop.Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreen4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️   https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online:  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Have you ever experienced a tug-of-war between your art and other aspects of your life - as if the two can’t exist simultaneously?  Chad Atkins had art inside him from a very early age.  He grew up in a family of artists, and he never let a day of his childhood go by without drawing.  But he also had a strong desire to live his life for the Lord.  His artistic nature and his faith began to clash when he encountered the teachings of Smith Wigglesworth and other revivalists.  And in an effort to remove anything that hindered him from God’s presence… out went the art.  After years of inner turmoil and outer sickness, Chad realized that while his heart was in the right place, when he denied his inner artist, he was denying God’s plan for his life.  Now Chad is re-discovering the artist inside, painting every night, and even selling some of his works.  He’s not trying to have too rigid a view of the future - just doing what God has put inside him to do and living the Kingdom life. Meet my friend Chad and hear his relatable story on this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast. Learn more about Chad and his art below:  https://www.chadatkins.org/  https://www.instagram.com/chadatkinsart/====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 4 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, "3 Biggest Misconceptions to Thriving as a Christian Artist"  Struggling to figure out how to be an artist and a Christian simultaneously?  If you believe these three misconceptions, that might be why! Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/misconceptions-to-thriving2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!”nGrab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connect4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!===========Connect with Matt online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Whether you’re just starting out in your art business or you’ve been at it awhile, chances are once the excitement of stepping out in faith wears off, you are going to start wondering…How do I actually make this work?  😳I was in the same boat myself when I started out - struggling to turn my art from a hobby to a business that could sustain me and my family……and into the kind of success I felt God had in store for me.  So in this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m going to help you get through this uncertain period of transition by sharing with you some of the most important things I’ve learned in my journey.  Take a listen as I reveal 3 of my biggest secrets for growing your art business - I think you’ll see how you can put them into practice yourself.  And when you do, you’ll be that much closer to the artist God has created you to be.  Could you use some guidance on how to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art” Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes! Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097XBP7333️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop.Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreen4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Truth time: God doesn’t want you to be comfortable. He isn’t a La-Z-Boy salesman.   If you’re too comfortable, you’re not moving forward…and God’s going to start poking you until  you do.  Allen Paul found that out in his life when he was secure in his jobs as a teacher and at a church…but God wouldn’t stop poking him.  Allen had financial security, but he just knew he wasn’t doing what God was calling him to do.  The only solution was to leave that security behind and trust God to show him the way forward.  Now, after experiencing the ups and downs of finding his way in the gig economy, Allen has his love of music, teaching, and ministering all working together, the way God intended.  And he’s using his experience to help other musicians and artists learn the things Allen wished he had known when he was starting out, through his multi-platform ministry, God And Gigs.  Listen to Allen’s story of how he has walked THROUGH the valleys in his life, and kept on walking, trusting God to light the way, on this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast!For more information about Allen’s book, devotional, podcast, membership program, coaching - and everything else! - go to:  https://godandgigs.com/thrive====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 4 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, "3 Biggest Misconceptions to Thriving as a Christian Artist"  Struggling to figure out how to be an artist and a Christian simultaneously?  If you believe these three misconceptions, that might be why!Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/misconceptions-to-thriving2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!” Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connect4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!===========Connect with Matt online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Back in the day, when I was working on staff at churches, I was the “creative guy” - which meant that I was the default graphic designer of the group!Now, truth be told, this was NOT my area of expertise, but I dove into Adobe Photoshop and slogged my way through it.  Let’s just say that it was…a challenge. 😆Luckily, technology has come a long way since then, and tools like Canva make it MUCH easier for artists and business owners like us to create top-notch, professional marketing materials, from social media graphics to flyers to rack cards…and so much more!On this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m sharing 5 reasons why you NEED to be using Canva to support you in the creation of graphics for marketing your art business!Not Using Canva Yet? Click Here to try it for free!Could you use some guidance on how to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art” Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes! Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097XBP7333️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop.  Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreen4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Have you ever met somebody whose art is so fascinating and who is so enthusiastic about it that it makes you want to immediately run out and try it yourself?  That’s exactly what happens when you talk to my friend Frances Syverson!Frances uses techniques from beading to metal-smithing to create jewelry that is just fabulous!And while she does sell her jewelry, the real joy she gets with her art is in the making - and in teaching others how to make it themselves.  Whether it’s friends and family, church members, or kids at the school where she works as a media specialist, she is always happy to pass along this skill that brings her so much happiness.  That’s why I’m so excited that Frances will be teaching at this year’s Gathering of Artisans.  She’s teaching sessions on metal stamping and making copper earrings - including using flame to create a patina and other exciting techniques. No experience is needed - but her classes are filling up fast!  Expanding our artistic horizons by trying new media and techniques is so valuable to our development as artists - and these new skills and experiences can take your art in directions you never imagined.  But you have to be there! Register now at www.GatheringofArtisans.com and sign up for Frances’s workshops!  If you want to see Frances’s work, you can check out her Etsy site and Instagram: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HopeandJoyCohttps://www.instagram.com/hopeandjoyco/   ====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 4 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art” Wondering how to create your art with God or what prophetic art is all about?  Grab my free guide and make sure you’re not stuck in any of these misconceptions about prophetic art!  Download here ➡️ https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!”  Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art. Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connect4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️ https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!===========Connect with Matt online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Remember a few months ago when Facebook and Instagram went down for a full day?  Panic ensued!While some users were upset they couldn’t share their Wordle results, others - especially business owners - suddenly realized that even though they may have a lot of followers on social media, their ability to communicate with those followers was out of their hands…and that made them feel really uncomfortable.Social media is great, but the key to building a solid, reliable marketing strategy is to build your email list.  The truth is, email is king.  When you have someone’s email address, you have the ability to develop a relationship with them.  You control your ability to communicate with them - it’s not in the hands of Facebook or Instagram.And to build your email list, you need to have an opt-in form on your website.  Full stop.In this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, we’re talking about how to use an opt-in form to build your email list…and how I turned a $1600 investment in my email list into a $25,000+ launch of my new basketry course!(Want to see the opt-in form in action?  Click the first link below and sign up to receive my free guide, “The 5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art!”)Could you use some guidance on how to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art”. Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097XBP7333️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop.  Get more details here ➡️ https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreen4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom!  Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
You know when two things (or people) come together unexpectedly and you think, “Wow…that makes so much sense!”?That’s kind of what has happened in my friend Robin Popp’s art life. She’s an artist to the core, an accomplished, award-winning painter as well as an experienced cabinet and furniture maker.  Those two loves existed separately…until she figured out how to bring the two sides of her artistic self together by framing her paintings in custom-built shadow boxes!  In this episode of The Thriving Christian Artist, we talk about what the Lord is doing in her life and her art, and how she uses her creative “play time” to get closer to God.  Robin’s love of creating art also meshes beautifully with her love of teaching art - and we’re so excited to have Robin at Gathering of Artisans this year!       At Gathering of Artisans, she'll be teaching her "Boot Camp for Color Mixing."  It’s a great way to learn about how to use and manipulate colors to make your art exactly what you want it to be.  She’ll also be teaching an in-studio landscape class and a class on "building a tree," where you’ll learn how to make a tree look like the species it's supposed to be.  Say goodbye to “happy little trees” and hello to “realistic deciduous conifers!”  Register now at www.GatheringofArtisans.com and sign up for her workshops!  If you want to see Robin’s work, you can check out her website, Instagram, and Facebook:  https://www.robinpopp.com/ https://www.instagram.com/robinpoppstudio/ https://www.facebook.com/robinpoppstudio ====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 3 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art” - Wondering how to create your art with God or what prophetic art is all about?  Grab my free guide and make sure you’re not stuck in any of these misconceptions about prophetic art!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!”  Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣   Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom!  Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!Connect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
When you think of a job that provides steady income and security, what do you think of?  Toiling away in the offices of a big company?  Maybe a bank or a retailer?  That sort of thing?    Well, in these days of economic upheaval, layoffs, and business closures, the traditional path to “job security” has turned into a whole lot of uncertainty.  Besides, when you’re an artist at heart, does working a 9-to-5 for somebody else really seem more secure these days than stepping out in faith to do what God is calling you to do?  The truth is, if you feel called to be an artist and put your “security” in God’s hands, you can do it. Stepping out as an entrepreneur is a leap of faith, but it doesn’t have to be as risky as you might think.  When you can align your faith, your art, and your business together, you’ll be on your way to thriving as an artist.In this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m going to tell you just how to make that happen!     Could you use some guidance on how to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, "3 Biggest Misconceptions About Thriving as a Christian Artist"  Struggling to figure out how to be an artist and a Christian simultaneously?  If you believe these three misconceptions, that might be why!  Click here to download.2️⃣  Subscribe to my FREE Podcast: Discover interviews with other artists and my 5-Minute Mentoring advice on The Thriving Christian Artist podcast on your favorite podcast player, listen on my website, or subscribe to my YouTube!3️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art!  Click here for details.  4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom!Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
Christian art has always been a force for the Lord.  Paintings, hymns, poetry, sculpture, drama… all the forms of art you can think of have been touched by God to call people to Him.  And yet even today, some people don’t understand just how powerful the connection between art and faith really is.  Terry Glaspey is not one of those people.  Terry, my guest on this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast, is an award-winning author, mentor, and seminary professor with a lifetime of art appreciation under his belt.  He understands very well the amazing history and heritage of Christian art and is a strong advocate for building off of that heritage going forward.  On today’s episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast, I’m talking to artist, professor, and historian Terry Glaspey, whose new book, Discovering God through the Arts, inspires people to grow closer to God through the appreciation of beauty and creativity. Take a listen to my interview with Terry and get ready to experience impactful, evocative, and inspiring Christian art that just might surprise you.You can find Discovering God through the Arts and other books from Terry on Amazon and at Christian and secular bookstores everywhere.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/0802419976/If you’re interested in signed copies of Terry’s books, check out his website: www.terryglaspey.com                     ====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 3 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide:  Wondering how to create your art with God or what prophetic art is all about?  Grab my free guide and make sure you’re not stuck in any of these misconceptions about prophetic art!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!” Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art. Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connectThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!===========Connect with Matt online:www.matttommeymentoring.comwww.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartistwww.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist
When you create art for a living, there’s a lot more on the line than when you’re a hobbyist.  You can have the same level of enthusiasm with an art business that you had in your hobby days - more, even.  But if your family is counting on the income from you selling your art to put food on the table, that puts a different type of pressure on you and your art.   Naturally, if you’re going to make a living creating art, it has to sell.  So when you’re out there doing your creative thing, how do you know whether you’re going to be able to sell enough art to pay the bills?  In this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’m sharing a list of 5 ways to know if pursuing a full-time art career is right for you. Could you use some guidance on how to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 4 ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art” Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes! Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097XBP7333️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop.Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreen4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️   https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlConnect with me online: https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
It’s always great to reconnect with old friends like Bryn Gillette.  If you’re a longtime listener to the podcast, you may remember Bryn from way way back in episode 46.Bryn is a very talented painter in his own right, but his real calling is in teaching.  His day job is teaching visual art and art history at Charlotte Christian School, where he is “raising up a generation of Kingdom-hearted artists.”    I'm also honored that Bryn will be at Gathering of Artisans this year, where he will be "illuminating” us on the topic of “Illuminated Journaling,” which adds an artistic and meditative flavor to the practice of journaling that a lot of people really find beneficial in their spiritual lives.  Listen to this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast for his insights on this fascinating practice, as well as on prophetic painting in front of a live congregation.  And register for Gathering of Artisans to take Bryn's classes at www.GatheringofArtisans.com.If you want to see what Bryn’s up to artistically, you can check out his website or his Instagram:  https://www.bryngillette.com/https://www.instagram.com/bryngillette/====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 4 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art” Wondering how to create your art with God or what prophetic art is all about?  Grab my free guide and make sure you’re not stuck in any of these misconceptions about prophetic art!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!”  Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art. Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connect4️⃣  Ready to truly thrive?  Join the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program to discover how to build your art business and live the abundant life Jesus promised you as an artist in His Kingdom! Click here for details and to enroll!  ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/artmentor.htmlThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!
What sort of garment are you wearing?  No, I’m not asking whether you’re wearing shorts or a dress or jeans or a pocket t-shirt.  If you’re wearing white after Labor Day or socks with Crocs…no judgment here.  What I’m really asking is whether you’re wearing the Garment of Praise or the Garment of Shame.  Shame is heavy.  Shame drags us down.  Shame is a burden that colors our experiences, our interactions, and our relationship with the Lord.The Lord tells us to put on the Garment of Praise and praise Him in all things, but it can be hard to do that if you’re weighed down by the Garment of Shame.  The antidote to shame is praise!  Hallelujah!In this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’ll tell you about the false comfort of shame and how you can escape from the burden of its weight so you can experience joy, fulfillment, clarity, and love.When you discover how to cast off the Garment of Shame and put on the Garment of Praise, your life will never be the same!Are you ready to stop striving and to finally start thriving as an artist in the faith? Here are 4 ways I can help:1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, "3 Biggest Misconceptions to Thriving as a Christian Artist"  Struggling to figure out how to be an artist and a Christian simultaneously?  If you believe these three misconceptions, that might be why!Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/misconceptions-to-thriving2️⃣  Subscribe to my FREE Podcast: Discover interviews with other artists and my 5-Minute Mentoring advice on The Thriving Christian Artist podcast! Listen on your favorite podcast player.Listen on my website ➡️  https://www.matttommeymentoring.com/podcastListen to this Podcast on YouTube ➡️  https://www.youtube.com/matttommeymentoring3️⃣ Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, “How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art!”  Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connectConnect with me online:  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/stay-connected
 There’s a big misconception that “prophetic art” has to depict crosses and doves and Scripture quotes.  It causes a lot of artists to question if their art “qualifies” as prophetic.Well, prophetic art doesn’t HAVE to do all that - but it sure can! My friend Grace Bomer is an award-winning artist who uses her art to glorify the Lord.  Her paintings, which are often metaphorical representations of Biblical lessons and scenes, have the power to reach the hearts of Christian and secular art lovers alike.  But, as you’ll hear in my chat with her in this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast, it hasn't been easy.Tune in to hear about Grace’s journey as an artist, from trials to triumph, and I’m sure you’ll be revved up for your own journey as well.   And for a really special treat, if you come to this year’s Gathering of Artisans on August 17-22, you can take a workshop from Grace herself! Pre-register now at www.GatheringofArtisans.com to get early access to registration and to sign up for the workshop!If you want to see Grace’s amazing work, you can check out her website or her Instagram:  https://gracecarolbomer.com/https://www.instagram.com/gracebomer/====================When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 3 ways I can help: Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art” - Wondering how to create your art with God or what prophetic art is all about?  Grab my free guide and make sure you’re not stuck in any of these misconceptions about prophetic art!  Click here to download.Subscribe to my FREE Podcast: Discover interviews with other artists and my 5-Minute Mentoring advice on The Thriving Christian Artist podcast on your favorite podcast player, listen on my website, or subscribe to my YouTube!Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art!  Click here for details.  Thanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!===========Connect with Matt online:www.matttommeymentoring.comwww.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartistwww.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist
As a business owner, you know that marketing and advertising are vital to growing your business.  You’ve got to be able to get out in front of your ideal client, show them what you can do, and get them excited to buy.  But how far should you go?  Should you invest in Facebook ads?  Print advertising?  Billboards?  One of those airplanes that pulls the banner behind it? ✈️There are as many advertising opportunities as there are stars in the sky… ✨But it’s hard to know what kind of advertising - if any - is right for you.The truth is, there’s not a clear, simple answer to this question.  The answer really depends on your art, your audience, your preferences, your marketing plan, and your budget. On this episode of 5-Minute Mentoring, I’ll give you my thoughts on the pros and cons of artists paying for advertising. I hope this episode will help you be better prepared for when it’s time for you to make this decision for yourself.  Could you use some guidance on how to build a business that helps you thrive spiritually, artistically, and financially?  Here are 3 ways I can help:1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art”Struggling to price your art in a way that feels authentic to you and your faith - but still makes you money?  Make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes! Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art2️⃣  Read the Book: Check out my book “How to Price Your Art: Pricing with Confidence for Sales & Profit” on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098TWCXDS3️⃣  Create Art and Profit: Discover how to create the art you love while still providing for yourself financially in my “How to Price Your Art” workshop.Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-price-your-art-evergreenConnect with me online:https://www.matttommeymentoring.comhttps://www.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartisthttps://www.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartisthttps://www.youtube.com/mjtommey to watch the podcast on YouTube!
It’s always fascinating to hear how God works in the lives of artists and brings them out of bad situations so they can thrive.   My friend Gabriel Stockton was unhappy, wasn’t creating art, and felt he was at his rock bottom.  Suddenly, Gabriel began seeing the word “thrive” everywhere.  Then God led him to the community of artists in the Created to Thrive group on Facebook.  And Gabriel began to reflect God’s beauty with his watercolor art.   Now, as a “plein air” painter, Gabriel’s “office” is in a new place everyday as he sets up his easel wherever God leads him.  Award-winning art.  Beautiful feedback from people who buy his paintings.  Being an ambassador for art as an expression of God’s beauty.  Now Gabriel is walking in God’s favor like never before.  In this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast, Gabriel tells you his story of God’s grace moving in his life, and you can bet it can move in yours, too.  Join Gabriel in person at this year’s Gathering of Artisans, where he’ll be teaching about watercolor painting and how to listen for God's word in your art.  He’s going to teach some fundamentals in the studio, then take everybody outside to paint!  You won’t want to miss it.    Pre-register now at www.GatheringofArtisans.com so to get early access to registration and to sign up for the workshops!If you want to see Gabriel’s amazing work, you can check out his website or his Instagram:  www.gabrielstocktonfineart.com www.instagram.com/gabriel_stockton_fine_art/When you’re ready to stop striving and start thriving, here are 3 other ways I can help: 1️⃣  Get my FREE Guide, “5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art”. Wondering how to create your art with God or what prophetic art is all about?  Grab my free guide and make sure you’re not stuck in any of these misconceptions about prophetic art!  Download here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art2️⃣  Unlock Your Heart:  Are you ready to begin a journey of healing and wholeness that will yield deeper Spirit-led creativity and personal fulfillment?  I’ll show you how in the 10th anniversary revised edition of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist!”  Grab the book, ebook, or audio on Amazon ➡️  https://www.amazon.com/dp/14609302583️⃣  Connect with God: Discover how to connect with the Lord and discover His intention for you and your art in His Kingdom in my course, How to Connect with God to Create & Sell Your Art.  Get more details here ➡️  https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/how-to-connectThanks for listening!  You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/matttommeymentoring.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!===========Connect with Matt online:www.matttommeymentoring.comwww.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartistwww.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist
Comments (9)

Connie Mumo

such a rich conversation!!

Jul 27th
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Connie Mumo

thank you for this

Apr 7th
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Connie Mumo

that last one is the hardest haha. Initiating... being an initiator. it's such a vulnerable thing to do but I believe it's a love choice. thank you Matt 🙏

Apr 3rd
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Connie Mumo

loved this session!

Mar 1st
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Amber Scally

I loved Matt's short mentoring program on Facebook and had to instantly subscribe to the podcast. I have stepped out in faith this year with my art and music and my mantra is to "keep my eyes above the waves" (thank you Hillsong UNITED). Matt's podcasts help with that! The heart of my focus must be Jesus and Matt helps merge that reality with practical applications to life and the arts. Thank you!!

Oct 20th
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Linette Penney-Gainham

How absolutely wonderful to hear two of my favourite people talking and sharing ! Rebecca, you are as vibrant and life affirming as ever. Your enthusiasm is infectious and your faith shines strong. Thank you for being on the podcast with Matt. And Matt thank you for sharing Rebecca's awesomeness with the world!!

Mar 24th
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Melissa Franklin

I love this podcast!! If you are an artist, get ready for fun stories, encouragement and amazing resources for your business. There is no other podcast that speaks straight to the artist heart and has so much kingdom talk in it. Wow! It has been amazing and it keeps me excited for the next one! Thanks Matt Tommey!

Mar 24th
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Chris Rogers

My absolute favorite podcast!!! Its encouraging, uplifting, & informative! Yes, Matt Tommey and his guest speakers' teachings are geared towards Christian Artists but honestly, many artists as well as people who aren't artists could benefit a great deal from the information that is shared. I've recommended "The Thriving Christian Artist" podcasts to quite a few of my friends.

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