12 Stone Art
9 comments | Posted: 2 March 07 in Featured, by Nathan Smith
12 Stone Art was recently submitted on our forum via the website critique area. I knew even after a first glance that this is a quality effort. They seem to share a similar vision in their approach to artwork as we have when it comes to web standards here at Godbit. That is to say, they were frustrated with the lack of quality when it comes to Christian efforts in their medium. From their about page, here is a quote that summarizes their vision:
12 Stone Art was started after our own unsuccessful search for quality Christian artwork. We commissioned the talented artists at Portland Studios to create several original works and purchased the rights to reproduce these works so that we could make them available to others in search of a reputable source for Christian art.
In that same regard, we at Godbit were frustrated with crappy Christian websites, so we decided to start raising the bar, recognizing excellence and encouraging the eradication of mediocrity. My friend Mark Kraemer recently shared with me this C.S. Lewis quote from The World’s Last Night.
Let choirs sing well or not at all. Otherwise we merely confirm the majority in their conviction that the world of business, which does with such efficiency so much that never really needed doing, is the real, the adult, and the practical world; and that this culture and religion (horrid words both) are essentially marginal, amateurish, and rather effeminate activities.
I loved that quote so much that I made a desktop wallpaper of it, and have it set as the background on my 2nd monitor. It helps remind me to stay diligent and focused in my work. In other words, if you’re going to do something, you had better do it right. Yoda would say it “Do or do not. There is no try.”
It is to that end that 12 Stone Art aspires. Their site is valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional and free of CSS errors. The artwork itself is breathtaking. I am especially fond of the painting entitled Red Sea Crossing. I love the way it depicts the children of Israel passing beneath whales suspended in the deep.
I will not belabor my critique of this site, since it’s strength is in the paintings themselves. Let me just say bravo. I applaud the guys at 12 Stone, because they have not overlooked the importance of good code, as is often the case with sites focused on more traditional art forms. Keep up the great work.
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