Surprising Terrain

Sometimes the pathway of an artist can be difficult and filled with rocks, holes, pitfalls and dust. Yet, not matter, we continue down our personal pathway with passion and determination. Whether or not one is an artist, the pathway presented to each of us will at times be hard to deal with. In Romans 5 we learn of the importance of perseverance as we sojourn. The type of difficulty we encounter along the route of life is sometimes the result of our own doing. Our own missteps can lead us into troubled pathways not intended for the believer. Romans 6 reminds us that "since we have died to sin" we should "walk in newness of life" and "we should no longer be slaves of sin."

Some of the rough terrain we encounter may be the practical kind and as artists financial stones often trip us up. There is a long-standing reason why the label "starving artist" often applies and it shouldn't surprise us, but of course it does. While being an artist brings great blessing and joy with the creation experience, the lot of an artist also commonly includes meager and unstable earnings. Paul challenges us in Philippians to learn that "no matter what state" we are in " to be content."

Artists are quite often more emotional in response to the challenges of life or perhaps it is really that we are naturally more demonstrative. Our pathway may become muddy with emotional gloom. The very next day we may see life as clean, sure and bright with God's light directing our pathway in hope and clear direction. Many times it is just that we need to step back away from our situation and let God's perspective be revealed to us.

Regardless of what the road my bring us, Paul reminds us "we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us."

An Artist's Recipe for Success

Pick a canvas as big as your goals

To execute with less toil use high quality tools.

Drawing upon the experience of others

Lay out your palette with bright hopeful colors.

Use a forgiving medium generously

And light your subject positively.

Block in the basics with transparent vision

Then stand back and see.

Paint large brushstrokes of faith

And once more stand back and see.

Remember the dark areas accentuate the light

So use criticism sparingly to get it right.

Sir together colors that compliment analogously

And finish with details that paint purposefully.

Now stand back and see.

Iris Carignan

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