It is a busy week.
All of my boy-men started school. Each at different times and in different ways -- four sons, four schools. Each needed me and didn't need me. My role as Mum is being re-defined every morning over breakfast~
But, I wanted to share with you a sketch that spoke to me Monday.
On the first day of school, an artist I hadn't seen before, came into my creative life through flicker (photo sharing groups). She had painted a couple of bikes in watercolor that just lit me up. I felt so strongly about the image, that I sat and sketched the bikes (the painting above) from her finished painting. With lots of eraser fuzz everywhere, I found some paints that would work and went for it.
I ended up loving the result and so I tried another:
It wasn't much of a reach to understand my simple sketches that day. Our daily lives have been ordered by morning & evening bike rides. My youngest son is addicted. Each boy has taken his turn during those years when bike riding with Mum was *pure-boy-joy* and now those years are almost gone. I am so lucky I was their bike buddy~
This is my last son to ride this little bike.
And we so make the most of it, we ride...and ride...and ride...
(I am sure these images also have a great deal to do with the journey I am personally on -- What is God breathing into my creative life? Where am I headed?)
(a bike hug)
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So I have decided, I will sketch a bit of something every day and add a bit of color ~ no rules, no limits. I will let God do the leading. I will sketch what is in front of me or what I my eye sees~
I have loved the quiet moments of meditation it brings to sketch and paint, it is very calming. And even though it isn't great, I think it is good enough. This really is me at my 7am-self this morning (note to self: journal after the coffee, it will make more sense).
Do you have a creative passion that is also a calming meditation?
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Can I just remind us both today -- it is okay to be a beginner.
(There are no expectations for a beginners...yes and amen?!)
We learn by watching -- and loving our great teachers --
but we really learn when get the paint wet ourselves, right?
Trying new things is a bit unnerving, but it is also the best place for new ideas to spark!
And if you do a little bit every day -- it can be so simple.
Just write your 3 pages, do a sketch, take a few photos a day, pull out your old
watercolors (like me) and get them wet, pick up a class at your local college.
Just take one step...today is that day to try~
Our creative spirits want to sing, dance, write, and make delicious art~
Let's not just sit and watch others, let's just get in there and do it~ come on!!!
I adore you and am thinking of each of you my sheep loving, artsy friends.
I hope this is a great season of new growth for you, too.
Now get going!
love & lambs,
Linked with the girls at Sneak Peek Studio: Here