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I'm drawn to the door of starting with a blank backdrop, and seeing how Holy Spirit wants to move. We're a lot like that as people, I think. We start as a ready slate, and over the course of our lives along our unique journeys, we scribe our canvas with all the things that saturate our identity. Choose wisely, but embrace the opportunities to be bold in Christ, and who God made - you!
I pray for His heart and eyes before I paint for a live event, but I rarely go in knowing what I'm going to put on the canvas. This helps takes the pressure off, so I can hear His voice without distraction, and take more risks to try new things. When I work, I walk as far away from the piece as I can from time to time, to see it in a new vantage. God never fails to show me new facets that I would have missed if I had stayed right on top of the canvas and surveyed from only one place. I believe this is a truth in life, too. We need to take a step back, allow time to breathe, and ask for a deeper perspective. We'll see a whole lot more.
I find it truly fascinating to watch colors and textures mix and marry. Seeing the resulting uniqueness of each piece reminds me that we're all a reflection of our Creator. God and I have a lot of great talks when I paint and sketch. He's the best art teacher I've ever had. When I paint jewelry especially, I can't duplicate any given pattern or color combination exactly. God likes to remind me that we're all so fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139.) We should spend more of our time celebrating and cultivating the way He created us, then trying to be a carbon copy of someone we were never meant to be in the first place.
By the way, if you paint for live worship events, too, I've written some helpful tips on my blog about things I've learned over the years. If you'd like to read them, click here.
I do sell a lot of my original artwork. I don't usually have the painting I'm working on available at the event, because I bring it back to the studio to finish the edges and any other work necessary. However, you can let me know at the event if you're interested. You can also order giclee fine art prints on Somerset Velvet paper, lustre prints, and lustre prints on individual notes cards on selected pieces in my gallery.
If you'd like more information on a particular watercolor, acrylic/mixed-media, or encaustic painting, please let me know through the contact link.