Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mixed Media Painting - Always A Rough Start

I love Mixed Media art! I'd like to think that this way of making art has freed me from my perfectionistic tendencies and given me the gift of freely expressing myself through my art. Maybe not entirely though...
Although some pressure to work precisely has been lifted from my hunched over shoulders as I snip and tear and glue and paint away, there is always that moment when I stop...really look...and think - what is this mess in front of me? Blessedly those feelings of inadequacy and thoughts of "I really don't know what I'm doing right now", does eventually go away.... long as something worthy of being called art starts to emerge on the canvas...

...and I can look at what I've done and know the struggle to get there was worth it.

"Rosie" - 8 x 8 inch Mixed Media painting on Canvas
Like a butterfly struggling to get free from her cocoon, "Rosie" did eventually emerge from the rough beginnings of torn paper and pen scribbles, all pretty in pink at that!
There is beauty in imperfection. Our Creator looks past the obvious flaws in us, His creation, and our rough beginnings, and still loves us and sees our great potential. According to Him we were fearfully and wonderfully made. 
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion!  You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!"
Psalm 139:13-16 Living Bible
Love & Blessings

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