Art is something that God brought back into my life after my parents died. It's something that was precious to me that I kind of stuffed down inside while I was going through all of that pain. There was a good 6 years there where my focus was just living through that day, one day at a time. Protecting what was precious to me. Wow, writing that reminds me how grateful I am. Anyway - back to art. Wow, He just gave me a visual. Do you remember the part in the wizard of Oz where all of the munchkins are hiding from Dorothy because they are afraid and then Glinda says "It's ok, you can come out!" That is exactly what God is doing with me now. All of the precious to Linda things--- and people -- that I stuffed down and stood in front of to protect .......all of the those "loves" are finally free to come out again. He is gently showing me that there is no reason to fear anymore. Linda is safe. Everything and everyone that I protected with my life, they're safe now. Wow, that's a lot bigger than just art.
Ok, back to art. I've been painting for a little while now. I had always loved watercolor so I got myself some watercolors and started painting my heart. Art, like music, comes from the heart. So I poured my heart onto paper. Big shock that most of the paintings have to do with the water and the beach. I also love working with shells. Imagine that.
Anyway, even though I just did them for me, my daughter Blair set up an Etsy store for me online and I just got two special order paintings to do. I know, right?!!
Father, for taking my hand and leading me out of the valley. For holding onto the back of the bike until I was ready to get back on it and ride. For encouraging me to let out all of the beautiful things that I stuffed down for so long to protect......I love You.