Almost caught up with the lessons; still need to do week #7. This painting was to be done intuitively letting your soul come through the piece. While in earthly form, our souls are in our bodies, so I cut a stencil of a female figure. I added hair in a similar style to my own so she wouldn’t look like a man since she was wearing pants. I do have some of the art papers in a cross form at the top right, since being a Christian is what enlivens my soul with the Holy Spirit. The figure is in stride which relates to life being a journey. We were supposed to paint without really thinking about it too much, so, that is what I did. I did use repeating shapes and design motifs to give the piece some sort of harmony and movement. This was bit out of the box for me but I would try this style again just to see what develops.
Week #6 was a fun project using Dylusions Spray Inks (love these!), and a profile face of Tam’s design. I also used one of Dyan Reavely’s stencils in the hair. The photo doesn’t show the true glory of these colors; they are so vibrant and rich. If you haven’t tried these sprays yet, beware that they are addicting! :) On the folded side of the page I used Philippians 4:8 “…whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, …just…pure…lovely…of good report…if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” We were supposed to have the image be thinking of our positive qualities but I feel more comfortable if my focus isn’t on me, but on the Lord and His goodness.
I decided to “Be True to Me” (the theme is “Be True to You”), for week #4’s Life Book project. My word for this year is Acceptance, and I collaged the verse from Ephesians Chapter 1:6; where the Scripture says, ” To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us ACCEPTED in the Beloved.” I have the word “accepted” circled at the top third of the piece. I also used symbols I love- windows, quotes, hearts, birds, music and leaves. The quote by John Greenleaf Whittier at the bottom of the piece goes well with the concept of acceptance. I am really enjoying the Life Book class http://www.willowing.ning.com. As a Christian, I like incorporating Scripture into my pieces. This made for a fun and creative Saturday!
I started doing Tamara LaPorte’s Life Book class this week. I wanted to have weekly lessons to keep me accountable to get into my studio and use some of the wonderful art supplies I have accumulated (and still am accumulating!). Our first project was to create an image (Tamara teaches how to create lovely face images) that can represent my word of the year. I had a hard time deciding between Contentment and Acceptance and finally went with Acceptance. I am willing to be willing to be more accepting of who I am in Christ and that He has created me to be creative and introspective and that is ok. So often in church culture, the assertive extroverts who make the most noise are the ones people look up to, but I am learning that the quiet ones often have the most to say that is worth listening to. Studying Daniel this “semester”, I admire his God-given qualities of humility, wisdom, patience, and a heart at peace even in the midst of the most trying circumstances. Contentment/acceptance is a learned trait. I want to be like Paul and be able to say with assurance, “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11. And Paul had a lot more to contend with in his life than I do, that’s for sure! I like how the drips make some smudginess; that is a good representation that life is sometimes messy, and I make mistakes, but the final picture will be beautiful. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6