Painting by Mike Lewis; music 'The Resurrection' from 'Passion of the Christ'
I don't know the details about when and where this worship painting was done but certainly in front of a crowd. Easter Sunday at our church my friend Veronica will do a worship painting, starting with the 9am service and continuing through the 11 am service. I'm anxious to see her work. A couple of months ago Anneli Anderson painted at our church and yesterday I helped hang a show of her work on the walls of our worship center. Some day soon it'll be my turn. I'll let you know when just in case you want to come watch... and pray as I work.
So what is a worship painting? It might turn out to be anything... there's no knowing ahead of time, but it's usually done in a church or at a retreat or a conference either during a time of singing and prayer or during the sermon and is the artist's response to what she/he feels God is leading her to do. She might step up to the canvas with a clear plan of what she'll do, or she might step up totally empty of direction and simply start moving paint around until something happens on the canvas. The expectation is that God will direct the brush to create something meaningful.
The purpose is not for entertainment but is a way of showing others how an artist might worship God... just as a singer or instrumentalist might do, or as a dancer. We are all different in how we approach God because he made us to be individuals with different minds and thoughts and understanding.