Oh, I love Friday. It is the day a whole bunch of friends come together to write, without worrying thats it's just right or not. We spend a few moments together in a safe place. One prompt, just 5 minutes, a community of nearly 300 writers. All the details are over at Lisa Jo's Place. Don't forget to go visit her blog and post your link for your very own five minutes. And don't forget to visit the writer that linked before you.
And today the writing prompt is PAINT.
GoWhen I was young, I did not believe that I could do anything artistic. I did not know how for one thing, and I did not have the time for another. It was a dream that I never thought I would see fulfilled. My Grandmother used to tell me that she did not start painting until she was in her 50's and my time would come as well. All I needed to do was be patient.
When the time came that she was too ill to paint any longer, she gave me all her painting supplies. Motivation for me to live my dream sooner rather than later. I took a few lessons, and started painting on my own. The picture at the top is one of the ones that I painted and that I love the most. Painting is not easy. As a matter of fact, it took hours and hours to do. There are a lot of steps for a painting for me. First, I have to have an idea of what I want. Then I take a picture. Then I sketch the picture on the canvas. Then I start painting. The only medium that I have used really well, is oils. They take months to dry. I add texture to the painting by painting over any mistakes I might make. The additional paint give the picture character. I love the brush strokes that are visible in the oils.
Most of all, I love how painting helps me to feel closer to my Grandmother now that she is gone. The smells remind me of my visits with her and the painting is soothing to my heart.
Life is not easy either. We do things step by step. Sometimes we learn from others, and sometimes we have to figure it out on our own. Just as I have spent hours pouring over painting books, in life, we pour over the scriptures, trying to find our way back home.
The amazing thing is that God does not give up on us. No matter how long we take, or how much we doubt. No matter what we do not know, or what mistakes we might make, He is with us. He guides our hands and our hearts until we become the masterpiece. All of our mistakes are covered over in His blood. He makes us in His grace. He adds texture to us through our experiences, and through our desire to do better. He soothes our hearts with His hands.
I love how His handiwork is visible in the canvas of life that I am living. I am both painted and engraved in the hands of His love.
Now it is your turn. What masterpiece can you create in just five minutes? Don't forget to go over to Lisa Jo's and link up with the rest of us.