An unexpected gift today 🙂
All four precious treasures are with Grandma and Grandad for the afternoon and hubby is catching up on some work.
So here I am… alone and inspired, resisting the urge to “Autumn clean” and instead PAINT!
I so often get asked what I did before I had children, as if what I did before somehow proved my value and place in society. A career, a profession, some sort of training, a degree… anything to substantiate my existence and allow me to now be nothing but a housewife and mother. I know that those who ask such a question are not thinking necessarily all the above points :)… but it sure feels like it some days!
So what did I do…
I lived 🙂
I loved 🙂
I had many adventures and allowed God to refine me and mould me into the beginnings of a wife and mother that I am still learning to become now 🙂
If you want more concrete details I was a youth worker, a retail assistant, a first year university student majoring in Art History and Anthropology, a singer and an artist 🙂
I loved to draw, to design, to paint and create and it is this part of me (along with others) that I now channel into home education and motherhood.
BUT today has reminded me how much LIFE I receive from letting God work through my heart and hands in paint!
I have been asked to paint panels for the front of a refurbished Tabernacle… and I feel so humbled to be the one decorating Our Lord’s dwelling! I can understand on a very little scale what some of the great Masters must have felt adorning the ceilings, walls and altars of the beautiful cathedrals and churches around the world. Art is life giving, Sacred Art is sanctifying, because it requires you to humble yourself before THE Creator and allow him to fashion you into His image more and more. One cannot paint about God and not allow God to be the painter! 🙂
So alone (for a little longer 🙂 ) and inspired to pray as I paint… I leave you with this quote
“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.”
― Pope John Paul II
How do you develop your artistic talents?