A Work in Progress…



Workinprogress There is a quiet lesson in art that is not readily apparent at first. It is easy to forget that art doesn't appear fully conceptualized- it appears, line by line, paint stroke by paint stroke, stitch by stitch.  A slow, steady process of extending from brain to hand and from hand to medium. I have had times in creating that I pushed too hard. I was impatient. I wasn't willing to wait for paint to dry, and then smudged the next layer; added a color I thought would work perfectly, but didn't wait to see how it would balance before applying. Suddenly, what I saw in my head is no longer in my hand or on the medium. It always shocks me when this happens. There is this fundamental disconnect, and all because I wouldn't slow down.

How true this is of life! Of being a parent! Of walking in relationship with others, with God? I lose sight of the picture- the purpose, and things get messed up. A mar falls. All because I wouldn't slow down and watch and listen.

Worse still, both as an artist and as a person, I get impatient with myself. Stop messing up, I fuss. Be better. Do better. You ought to know better. I forget that I, too, am a work in progress. And the glorious thing is, the Artist crafting me doesn't make a mistake.  I might splash a mess of paint on it, I might scribble upon it in my own childish way, but He holds the brush. He will fix my messes.

Trust the Artist. Trust the Creator. Trust that He who began a good work in  you will be faithful to complete it (Phillipians 1:6). This is what I know to be true. When I learn to rest; to be patient; to be content; to listen- then, then will the art be revealed. I can't wait to see what He is making, can you?
May this be the song on my heart and yours today. (skip ahead to time mark 1:26)


One response to “A Work in Progress…”

  1. Great bible verse and post on the concepts of creativity. Lots of interesting things going on in your blog space, thanks for sharing.

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