Favorite Verse of the Moment

"The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made." Psalm 145:13

Monday, February 21, 2011

Peacock Feathers

Thank you, thank you Dean Nimmer!  I've been checking out Dean Nimmer's book, Art From Intuition: Overcoming Your Fears and Obstacles To Making Art.  I sure did need a break.  I've been doing that thing that I think many people do - spending way too much time looking at other people's art and way too little time exploring it for myself.  Obviously, if you've read my posts before, you know that I am certainly NOT one who makes any kind of a living from what I paint.  Some of you are now saying, "Yes, and it's a good thing!" Ha. Anyway, I had forgotten why I love art so much - because it is FUN.  Life, I think, like art is always a learning process.  You stop growing, you may as well not get out of bed as far as I'm concerned.  I love teaching, love learning new things, and pray I will never feel fully satisfied but will continue to look for ways to grow and improve in all areas of my life. A friend said, "When you stop being hungry, you're dead."  On that note, here is my exercise in creative freedom.  It was fun.  I enjoyed the process this time and didn't worry about the end result.  I believe I'm going to do more of that.  Life should be fun.  It's a gift.  Hope it makes you smile today.
God's blessings.  And, thank you Dean.

Waiting for Spring

As the snows have now, hopefully, come and gone and the air turns sweet and warm, our bird feeders have been attracting more and more native Tennesseans.  The variety has surprised me.  Home sick one day I was able to see a little "garden party" in our backyard. Robins, cardinals, finches, chickadees, bluejays, starlings, and even a couple of mourning doves enjoyed seed while the squirrels munched on corn.  It was probably the most peaceful I'd felt in weeks.  I was captivated watching them. I was inspired then to redo "Mom's Chickadee" in a softer color palette. It was my little tribute to those little guys - so expertly made, so tiny.  Next to come will be a cardinal.  I can't get enough of them either -  the bright fiery red against the pale of the branches.  If God took such great care to create them in their amazing variety - and these were just East Tennessee birds! - what does that say about the care he takes for us!  As I found serious, surprisingly deep joy in watching them, it occurred to me that God must take serious, deep joy in His children, too.  For Him to know the very number of hairs on our heads means He MUST take such deep interest in all that we are and do.  Why are we so afraid of Him sometimes?  He is so gentle.  So loving.  And wants so badly to wrap us in His arms to love and forgive us if we will just come and ask for it.  He truly does make all things new.  Amazing.  When the Bible says, "God is love," it is sooo astoundingly true.  So, here's to a Father who knows intimately and loves deeply all He has created.  Here's to the promise of Spring.  And, especially, here's to the One who died to make us new!