Being an artist, I pick up and read brochures, pamphlets and books about art. Some time ago, I found a small pamphlet entitled “Five Things to Remember When you are Drawing”. As I read this, I thought it should have been entitled “Five Things to Remember When you are Drawing (and Living)
l. Step back from your work.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10 Impersonalize the work and get a larger view.
2. Draw what you see; not what you know.
Look at it from different angles. Keep a fresh outlook and pray for a new approach.
3. Consider composition.
Where is my focus? Am I looking through God’s/Love’s eyes?
4. Be patient with yourself.
Am I being so judgmental that I cannot be kind to me?
5. Enjoy the process.
Enjoy Life’s Journey. We are all learning!
Recently, I came across the above list my art teacher had given to our class and thought I would share it. (And add to it)
- Step back from your work. ( That means to me to never re-act or over-act but from this view, you can see clearer)
- Draw what you see, not what you know. ( Sometimes the human brain wants to tell you something that isn’t true.)
- Consider composition. ( Where do you want your focus to be?) Shouldn’t we always be alert to this?
- Be patient with yourself. (No matter what we are doing)
- Enjoy the process. (So true about everything in Life) Psalm 119:27 reads, ” Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.”
While studying the story of “The Good Samaritan” this morning, I begin to ask myself questions about this topic. Am I kind and patient when it may look like I am being inconvenienced? Am I rude to solicitors when they call? Do I smile at people while out shopping or am I so self-absorbed that I don’t even see them? Today, I will be aware of these things.
The Good Samaritan stops to render aid after the Priest and Levite had walked on by. Luke 10:36-37 reads, ” Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
This morning we left early to drive to a nearby city and there was no time to write. Upon returning this afternoon, I felt heavy and almost “blah” and could not think of a thing to write. After a bit, I realized there should not be a day to go by without expressing gratitude to God for all blessings! Sometimes, I seem to forget for a minute. Thankfully, we have a patient and Loving God.