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19 April 2010 @ 09:24 am
I'm hoping it isn't allegorical.  
On Easter Sunday, I started a series of watercolor paintings representing the Fruits of the Spirit. My intent was to finish these during the revival week that we had at the church, but alas, as often happens, I bit off a bit more than I could chew. Does that ever happen to anyone else? My expectations for myself are always a bit higher than I manage to reach.

Anyway, the way I work is that I get inspiration from images... sometimes I paint from memory or mental inspiration, and sometimes I paint from a picture of something I like. I printed off several images to paint during the services, and worked steadily through. Funnily enough, the one I was most concerned about was Self-Control. I had no idea how to paint self control, so I 'Google Imaged' it. One of the things that popped up was the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Ethan. That looks like your style, Mom. You could totally paint that.

Me. (raises my eyebrow) You think?

There's nothing like the blind faith of a ten year-old boy in the talents of his mother. In any case, I'm no Michelangelo, and know my limitations. I went ahead with the plan, even though it took me much longer than I thought it would, (even without bastardizing something once commissioned by The Pope) and I got through Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Goodness and was working on Self-Control when someone came up to look at my progress so far. The words "I'm on my last one," were out of my mouth before I realized...

I completely forgot Kindness.

Well, crap. I'm hoping that this isn't God telling me I need to be aware of the bigger picture in my life, but, you know, I'm afraid it just might be.

So... Kindness. Fine. I'll work on it. And I'll paint it, too, whatever it happens to be.
I am:: the settee
I feel:: calmcalm
I hear:: Coming Back - Jackopierce
O Demanding One: Urs: Ursness  :)heyurs on April 19th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)

Well...if you think this is coming from Him, then I hate to question it, but I know He knows how I am so He is probably expecting it. ;) How can you think your kindness needs work? From within or without? Meaning if you think it is from within, are you saying you do things because you think you HAVE to? Definitely not from without...look at all of the work you did for Haiti! Look at all of the baking you do for others. Even if you should grumble a little about what you have to do, it is still being done. But, again, Big Dude upstairs looks at it totally different from us, and if you think He spoke to you about it, well, then I guess you have to address it.

*giggles* You certainly didn't question it, huh? He is SO used to me! *shakes head*

Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Well, I didn't question but to think, "Huh. Wonder where I'm going wrong."

I'll find out, I'm sure.
O Demanding One: Encourage: Choose To Be The Lightheyurs on April 20th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)

Exactly! Very "going along with it" attitude. Not me! HA! I would have ---> "but God! What about when...?" HAHAHAHA! ;D

Yes, if there is, you will. *hugs you*

Jessica K Malfoy: disney: cinderella and princejessicakmalfoy on April 19th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
You never post any angry ranty posts plus you cook for people so I think you are kind! But I guess God might be telling you that there's someone or somehing that might need more kindness. I dunno but I'm sure you'll find out soon.

Also, your kid rocks. I can't wait to see your interpretation of the famous ceiling!
Carrie Leigh: thank youcarrie_leigh on April 20th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
I'll take a picture of the whole series when I'm finished. I'm no great shakes as an artist, but it's fun.

And... JESSICA! I just got a package in the mail with a sweet thank you note and the cutest black and white picture frame!!!! My guest room is lavender walls with black and white decor, so it just could not BE more perfect. It was my pleasure to beta for you! Anytime you need it, just ask. You don't even have to send me anything. (But I'm happy you did, because it is CUTE and perfect :D!)
Jessica K Malfoy: pretty: blue dandelionjessicakmalfoy on April 21st, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
glad you like it. i very much appreciated your beta (although wouldn't you know i tried to sneak 1 more section in there and submitted it with a MISSPELLED word???? *dies* i begged them to let me fix it. hopefully they did. we'll see when they post it!) and that event is a big deal to me so i just wanted to say thanks for being so quick!

i have fallen in love with that brand and their designs, so i wanted to share the love