I started painting after saying I was going to for a couple of years.
When the lockdown hit,
I should’ve picked up my brushes (although, in my defense, I did start writing and blogging).
I was afraid to just strike out on my own & to a large degree, I still am, but not as much.
I recently heard Angie Smith say that her father, an artist, had a blank canvas with a few sketches that sat on an easel for quite some time. She noticed that books about art which he was reading were stacking up.
So she asked him about it one day and he said something to this effect:
It’s much easier to gain knowledge and read about painting than it is to pick up the brush and actually paint. I’m scared I’m going to mess it up.
It’s the same way with our lives; it’s the start that stops most people.
Sometimes we want to strike out on a new adventure and try something new, but we’re a little afraid of what it might look like if we do.
It’s always much easier to read, research and gain all the knowledge than to take action (Speaking to myself as well).
I love to listen to podcasts and inspirational, motivating speakers… But do I do anything after consuming that inspiration?
Reading too. I have two books on the shelf waiting for me to finish them and one that’s waiting for me to start it at present .
I am faithful to read my Bible and have a devotional time with God each day.
But Am I doing anything with what I learn?
It’s easier to be a consumer of knowledge that a user.
To me life should be about using the knowledge we gain to bring beauty, inspiration and make a difference in people’s lives, so here is my attempt to do that.
I’m sharing the process of my pallete knife church painting.
It’s not perfect; I’ve already noticed a few things that need to be changed but I don’t think I will change them because, like me, and life, it never will be perfect.
My church is not perfect!
People are not perfect.
Life is not perfect.
This world is not a perfect place.
Perfection is only an illusion here.
Only God is perfect.
Like my online art instructor, Christie says, “Trust the process.”
Don’t put it off.
Pick up the brush, pen, the tools…
Do that thing you’ve been reading, researching and dreaming about.
Don’t let the start stop you.