God seems to be doing something with me through the art. My husband calls painting my “happy place”. I hum and sing while I paint, and I don’t even know I am doing it. This annoys my family sometimes and they ask me to stop. It is hard to watch the Olympics with Mom singing over your shoulder from the kitchen.
I share new paintings regularly on Facebook. This morning it occurred to me that some of you don’t use Facebook. So, I wanted to update you on the latest. I posted this one the other day. I think it is a favorite. People seem to like it. Chloe named her “Amelia”, which is perfect because the words say, “Learning to Fly”. I posted the picture with this verse, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove. I would fly away and be at rest” (Psalm 55:6).
It might seem ironic to say that one is resting while flying. But I think only those truly at rest have the freedom to fly – apart from striving, compulsions, expectations. Soul rest is the launching pad for flight. We were made to soar on wings like eagles as we rest in the shelter of the Most High. Underneath are the everlasting arms of our Father. He keeps us secure and lifts us to new heights as we trust in Him.
I updated my page, Take HeART, the other day with some of my newer paintings. The one at the top I am calling my “Take Heart, Girl”. I think she may become kind of a logo or visual aid for my blog and ministry. Her body is supposed to look like a mountain. What do you think? It looks really cool in person because you can see the ridges of her body.
I am getting better at painting faces too. It takes practice, you know. I wasn’t too happy with this one because I think she kind of looks like Cher. That was unintentional. Chloe thinks she looks Colonial. Ok, maybe. What do you think?
I decided she looks kind of downcast, so I posted her with the verse, “Why are you so downcast, O my soul?…Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 43:5). See the black things around the border? I tried something another artist suggested. It is actually my fingerprints outlined with an oil-based paint marker. It ended up adding to the downcast theme…kind of like when the darkness crowds in on our thinking. We push back the dark by being intentional to give God praise when we are feeling down.
I would love your feedback on my art. There are a few more new paintings under my “Take HeART” page. Leave me a comment here or there! I am considering making prints of some of these so I can share them. I already ordered ministry business cards this week with my Take Heart girl on them. So exciting!