painting a diary

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” _Pablo Picasso


what makes you happyIn August of 2013 my life took a left turn down a new path. From Autumn of 2012, though the Holidays, and into the early summer of 2013, I invested myself completely in a “job” which I believed was given to me by The Lord. I still believe He sent me to do the job. I don’t believe I heard him when he said “Hold all things loosely. Nothing in this life lasts forever.” before I got so.o.o invested.

Not listening to The Lord has caused me grief on a number of occasions. This time I grieved for about 90 days, before it dawned on me that the seasons had changed and all I could do was adapt. Winter comes, whether you are prepared for it or not. When the light came back on, I decided the thing to do was more of the things I love most. Paint, draw, write — create!

That decision sent me to do an inventory of my studio that had been ignored for over a year. What I found among the art supplies was a collection of blank books—sketch books, journals, day planners, and so on. Beautiful blank books that I had collected for years, but was afraid to use for fear of making a mistake, spoiling a page.

With a new season before me and a blank page in front of me I decided, “I’m going to step away from fear.

Life is messy and can’t always be fit into the designated spaces. On the first page I wrote

Today it has become clear that time (in the realm of the Spirit) has no meaning whatsoever. And for that reason I will begin to fill each page [each hour, each day] with those things that are lovely and messy, over-looking the need for perfection and simply enjoying.

Today I have two books almost filled with a diary of the past three years. Paintings, drawings, quotes, clippings, things I find to be beautiful or encouraging. And earlier I wrote this post Time Has No Meaning.

Since I began painting a diary I have discovered this:

Each day is a new adventure.
If you visited me yesterday,
you found me to be different than I am today,
or will be tomorrow.

If you’re holding back from doing something you love for fear of making a mistake I hope you will consider taking the first steps down the path toward making something beautiful and encouraging for yourself.

see ya soon

quite a job

Faith Bible Church was born on Sunday, January 6, 1985 in Felicia and Zachariah’s living room. The birth was attended by approximately twenty adults, including Dick, our ‘minister’ friend and me. The newborn was greeted with great excitement and joy. Praises to God were sung. […]

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quite a lesson

In a recent devotional series we read: Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.Genesis 12:7  “From place to place, Abraham would build […]

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quite intense

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quite peculiar

“The word “peculiar” is found in Titus 2:14. Christians are the peculiar people of God. We use the word sometimes when we speak of something odd or strange. But this is not its use here. The word is translated from the Greek word which is […]

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quite troubled

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