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The official podcast of internationally recognized artist, speaker, author and mentor Matt Tommey. The Thriving Christian Artist Podcast is for artists who want to bust through roadblocks that have held them back for years, create the art they love and live the life the they know God created them to live as an artist in His Kingdom.

The Thriving Christian Artist Matt Tommey: Artist, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and Artist Mentor

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 383 Ratings

The official podcast of internationally recognized artist, speaker, author and mentor Matt Tommey. The Thriving Christian Artist Podcast is for artists who want to bust through roadblocks that have held them back for years, create the art they love and live the life the they know God created them to live as an artist in His Kingdom.

    307 - Waves of Creativity: A Conversation with Allen Arnold

    307 - Waves of Creativity: A Conversation with Allen Arnold

    “…Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — the LORD Almighty is His name.”  Jeremiah 31:35
    If ever there were a perfect metaphor for the mystery of creativity—for trying to understand the beauty, life, and order of the universe—it may just be ocean waves.
    Waves can be beautiful.  Waves can be rough.  Waves can move you gently or knock you off your feet.
    My friend Allen Arnold's latest book, Waves of Creativity, is dedicated to creatives who are trying our best to figure out how to step into the deep and do this thing we love with God.
    As a third-time guest, Allen is a bonafide sage of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast.  He invites us to let these waves of creativity wash over us. 
    The invitation is not just to imagine but to experience creativity with no ego attached.  The pressure is off.  The joy is back.  There's a feeling of freedom where you and the Creator of the universe are in agreement, “Let's do this together.”
    Allen’s big but bite-sized ideas will motivate and encourage you as you pursue your God-given creativity each day.
    Don’t miss my conversation with Allen this week and connect with Allen at his website https://withallen.com/ or on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheStoryofWith
    If this idea of creating art with God intrigues you and you want to know more, I’ve created a brand-new guide called “The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art” that I think you’ll love!  Click below and I’ll send it right over!
    The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art
    https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-ar


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    Connect with Matt online:
    www.matttommeymentoring.com
    www.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    www.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/mjtommey.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!

    • 46 min
    306 - 5-Minute Mentoring: Using QR Codes In Your Art Business

    306 - 5-Minute Mentoring: Using QR Codes In Your Art Business

    Remember Blockbuster, Beanie Babies, Backstreet Boys? All popular with audiences in the late 90s to early 2000s, probably not coming back.  In contrast, QR code marketing, once in decline, has become more popular than ever.
    It seems like everywhere you look, QR codes (those little black-and-white square barcodes) are appearing on everything - tickets, restaurant menus, product packaging, and more.  Since 2020, with the need for touch-free solutions, they're becoming a go-to staple for sales and marketing.
    How can a simple scan of a square graphic help create a connection with your audience? 
    ✔️ Send people to your website or social profiles✔️ Share a video of your process✔️ Provide details about your work✔️ Track inventory of individual pieces✔️ Sell from your online shopping cartThe possibilities are endless!
    Using a QR code is a super-easy way to make technology work for you… even if you have no tech know-how.  They can become a creative way to connect you with your audience.
    If you're not already using QR codes, you're leaving lots of untapped potential for your art business.  Because I'm not a fan of wasted opportunity, I'm sharing how QR codes are an asset you're going to want to adopt ASAP! 
    Speaking of untapped potential, are you struggling with how to price your art for sale?  It’s one of the biggest questions students have coming into the Created to Thrive Artist Mentoring Program, so I created a handy guide that will make it a lot easier!  Click below and I’ll send it to you for free!


    The 5 Biggest Mistakes Artists Make When Pricing Their Art
    https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-mistakes-when-pricing-art

    Connect with me online:
    https://www.matttommeymentoring.com
    https://www.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    https://www.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    https://www.youtube.com/mjtommey to watch the podcast on YouTube!

    • 4 min
    305 - Your Voice Matters Because You Matter: A Conversation with Gina Morgano

    305 - Your Voice Matters Because You Matter: A Conversation with Gina Morgano

    Everyone likes to talk about “work-life balance,” but when your passion for creating, your business, your livelihood, and your faith overlap, striking that balance becomes even more challenging!

    As I help artists connect artistic, business, and spiritual life together in a holistic way, the question comes up over and over:  How do you blend that balance to express your unique voice as an artist?  One of the best keys is to develop the discipline of repeated practices.

    On today’s episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast, I’m talking with Gina Morgano.  She expresses her unique voice, quite literally, as a vocalist and voice teacher, as well as host of The Practice Parlour podcast, and creator of The Practice Planner.

    She's an inspiration for ways to include practices that shape the life, work, and faith of a Christian artist.  She also shares how God can use your creative career to open doors for relationships where introductions with religious labels never could.

    Keep up with Gina Morgano on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ginamorgano/ or on her website at https://www.ginamorgano.com/


    Want to learn more about how you can blend your art and your faith to glorify God?  Click below and I’ll send you my guide to “The 5 Biggest Misconceptions About Prophetic Art!”

    The 5 Biggest Misconceptions about Prophetic Art
    https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art

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    Connect with Matt online:
    www.matttommeymentoring.com
    www.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    www.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist

    You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/mjtommey.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!

    • 21 min
    304 - 5-Minute Mentoring: The Promise of Sin

    304 - 5-Minute Mentoring: The Promise of Sin

    When I was a kid, I remember my parents warning me that if I hung around with the “bad kids,” I’d be painted with the same brush, and people would think I was a bad kid, too.  
    It wasn’t that they expected me to be a perfect angel - but they understood that as humans, we are susceptible to the influences around us, so controlling our environment was key to following God’s commandments and avoiding the temptation to sin.  
    Your environment will always overcome your willpower.  If your desire is to stay warm, then you can layer on warm clothing or light a warm fire.  BUT in the long run, your best bet to stay warm is moving out of the meat freezer.  
    The truth is, humans sin.  It’s in our nature.  Jesus was the only perfect being to ever walk the earth, and God doesn’t expect that of us - but He does expect us to do our best.  We can’t control what others do, but we can control our exposure to those people.  
    Sin always sells the promise of comfort - but it's never able to deliver.  Overcoming the false promise of sin may just be a matter of changing your environment.
    In this episode, I'm revealing my take on the only spiritual environment that beats your willpower to defeat sin...every. single. time.
    Just as God wants us to take an active role in removing temptation and sin from our lives, He wants to be an active part of your artistic endeavors!  Got questions about prophetic art and what it looks like?  I’ve created a resource that will tell you!  Click below and I’ll send it straight to your inbox!
    The 5 Biggest Misconceptions about Prophetic Art
    https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art
    Connect with me online:
    https://www.matttommeymentoring.com
    https://www.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    https://www.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    https://www.youtube.com/mjtommey to watch the podcast on YouTube!

    • 7 min
    303 - Releasing Heaven's Creativity: A Conversation with Latimer Bowen

    303 - Releasing Heaven's Creativity: A Conversation with Latimer Bowen

    I'm fascinated by God's “glory stories"—amazing testimonies of the grace and goodness of God.  Artists who step out in faith and invite the Holy Spirit into their creativity are full of those stories.

    God's original glory story begins with creativity.  In the beginning God created.  Mankind was made in the image of our Creator; every single one of us is called to create.

    It's our collective calling… even when we're unaware of our creativity… even if we attempt to bury our creativity out of reach.

    Our guest Latimer Bowen thought she'd put away her creativity for good.  For forty years, she protected herself from producing any art.  Finally, in 2009, she said yes to creating an image with God…and the results are nothing short of miraculous.

    Since then, God has empowered her creativity in equipping others to go into all the world to preach the gospel.  Today Latimer leads a prophetic art enterprise called Project 7 Billion with a mandate to reach the nations with anointed art evangelism.

    In this episode, we'll witness a few of the “glory stories” that are only possible when we are obedient to the call to create with the Holy Spirit.

    Make sure to connect with Latimer Bowen through her website at https://project7billion.org or her Facebook page at https://facebook.com/project 7billion!


    Are you feeling called to create with the Lord?  A lot of artists struggle to understand what this looks like, so I’ve created a free guide to help you put aside your misconceptions about prophetic art so you can embrace the truth and experience of asking God into your creative process!  Click below and I’ll send it your way!

    The 5 Biggest Misconceptions about Prophetic Art
    https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/5-biggest-misconceptions-about-prophetic-art

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    Connect with Matt online:
    www.matttommeymentoring.com
    www.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    www.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist

    You can also watch this podcast on YouTube at youtube.com/mjtommey.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!

    • 34 min
    302 - 5-Minute Mentoring: Everyday Action

    302 - 5-Minute Mentoring: Everyday Action

    Do you feel overwhelmed by the size of the vision God has given you?

    Does your destination seem like it’s a thousand miles away?

    Are you ready to ditch the overwhelm and step into the grace God has for you in this journey?

    Then you need to listen to this episode of the Thriving Christian Artist podcast  - so you can learn the secret.

    My dear friend and mentor Billie Ruth Sudduth recently passed away after 30 years as a distinguished basketry artist.  She had an incredible career, leaving such a lasting impact on the art world. 

    A few years back, I asked Billie Ruth how she had done it. What was her secret?

    Billie Ruth shared with me the secret to walking that proverbial thousand-mile journey… and I'm sharing it with you today.

    After you've listened, if you’d like to learn more about how you can thrive as an artist in the Kingdom, I invite you to check out a new resource I’ve created, “The 3 Biggest Misconceptions to Thriving as a Christian Artist.”  Click below and I’ll send it straight to your inbox!

    The 3 Biggest Misconceptions to Thriving as a Christian Artist
    https://thrive.matttommeymentoring.com/misconceptions-to-thriving

    Connect with me online:
    https://www.matttommeymentoring.com
    https://www.instagram.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    https://www.facebook.com/thethrivingchristianartist
    https://www.youtube.com/mjtommey to watch the podcast on YouTube!

    • 6 min

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383 Ratings

harrismetalsmith ,

Thank you Family

I just found this podcast and I just want to say thank you for hosting it and the guests. I so needed this. Thank you from my studio in Maryland. Matt

MissaEP ,

Cool water in the hot desert

Hello Matt from Tucson Arizona! My name is Debbie Gallerani, I have been an artist all my life, and yes, the struggles as well as the joys are real! I’m not sure how I discovered your mentoring program, but it landed in my lap at the right time. I participated in an online challenge that was the beginning of some big changes for me as an artist. Several months later, I found your Podcast and I was hooked!!! I admit I was a bit intimidated by some of the spectacular creatives you have interviewed, but after listening to their journeys, I felt a Christlike kinship with them. It was not just what they did, but about their heart and soul as they were doing it.
Matt, your personal testimony is parallel to mine in many ways. Knowing you can overcome tragic situations has been so healing for me. I now listen to your podcasts while I draw, paint and sculpt. I even have it Bluetooth through Spotify into my car while I drive! The Holy Spirit cools my soul and lifts my artist spirit through your words. I look forward to listening to these incredible life changing episodes everyday.
I can say, I have opened my heart for partnership and favor with the Lord. He has definitely provided!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Matt for all that you do! I am praying to attend one of your events or be in your next mentoring program! God bless you

Techno indigo ,

Encouraging

I’ve been listening for a few months, trying to listen from the beginning. It’s been encouraging to listen to, as I’m a Christian artist trying to figure out the art world as I work on continuing to develop my style, and grow my audience. It’s been so helpful to realize through the podcast that I’m not the only Christian artist with certain struggles regarding my art and my walk with Christ. And it’s encouraging to hear how the artists have overcome obstacles.

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