I spend time with friends painting. We use the time together to talk and share and experiment with art. It is very healing, relaxing and fun! For me, I love painting when it comes easy. I do not like feeling frustrated or pressured or intimidated by art. In the short two years since God reignited my passion for art, I have had some struggles. When I started, I let God take the reins and I walked by faith in my breakout painting session. Since then, I have felt all the emotions above. Pressure to paint something beautiful and meaningful, frustrated when I could not come up with a concept worthy of painting and intimidated by other skillful artists. I am realizing this is a long journey and the reason I am painting is for God and not for me. He has gifted me with a passion for Him and His word and a natural talent that needs to be honed but is so appreciated. I am slowly learning that I need to slow down and be still. I need to listen more for Him and not rely on my own painting decisions.
The first time I painted, I was led by God to paint “loose” and intuitively. I was specifically planning out my painting, but He had me erase it and write TRUST on the canvas instead. I need to get back to that. There is a reason I am to paint loosely. It is relaxing and stress free. There is a freedom that come with no plan. God works in the intuitive. His hand shows up in my work when I am allowing Him to take the brush.
I feel I am being led to paint more abstractly and I believe there will be some lesson for me or others in each painting. I am encouraged by the ease at which I can paint an abstract and I hope to translate those thoughtful brushstrokes into powerful messages from God.
I have no plan. I am letting God lead me. I am learning, though, that rushing to finish a painting is wrong. I need to let it speak to me for a while. In time, I usually see things that I want to change or improve. They are slowly revealed to me. I predict a message will unfold if I am patient.