Summer time is busy around the home. My husband works from home which makes it nice to have him nearby. It also keeps me busy in the kitchen cooking each simple meal from scratch on a schedule. It was different when he drove to an office and I was able to cook one meal with enough leftovers to send to work with him for his lunch.
I have been cooking from scratch since I was a teen except for a short stint in the 80's when I learned about boxed foods from my mother in law. When I was growing up, mom cooked from scratch because that's all she knew. There weren't any fast food places when I was young. Back then, as my grandchildren call it, "in the days of the Egyptians," fast food meant you packed some hard boiled eggs and leftover cold cooked chicken in a basket with some veggies from the backyard garden. It's amazing to think that in just my lifetime that the world has changed so much that it is almost unrecognizable.
The stress of current events cause heart aches and sorrows as well as anxiety and heart attacks in some. I am one to keep an eye out for the current events and how they link to a Biblical World view. However, most of the time, I follow God's ways and put these things at His feet in prayer and walk on. Prayer brings peace to my soul, and painting gives me something to redirect my focus. I hung up my brushes in 2016 after spending some time recovering from a motorcycle accident and just pulled them out of storage a few weeks ago. Painting is not a skill that will provide me with an income, but it does quite my thoughts. Are you like me when it comes to issues in the world? I need to think them through from every angle and then finally put them to rest in the recesses of my mind to be prepared to acess them once more when new information arises. Thankfully I understand that God has a plan and He loves us. He has created a beautiful world and has put inside of my heart a longing to be with Him forever, and create some beauty around me. When I injured my foot about six weeks ago, and was unable to accomplish all the things on my list, I finally pulled out the paints and brushes. At least then my time of resting would not be in vain. I put my ear pods in and listened to the Bible being read, and remembered the tea party I had with the grand daughters, which gave me the inspiration for this painting.
I used the supplies I had on hand that were still in good condition. I am unable to breathe around oil paints and thinners, but love the look of oils. I use acrylic paints with mediums to help stretch the drying time, which creates a paint that blends more like oils.
I am by no means a Master painter, and have my own style which needs some more practice time. If you decided to pick up the brush and paint, know that you don't have to reproduce a photograph to perfection. Use the art form of painting as a way to relax and rest, think and create a thing of beauty. You be you.
I am definitely rusty, but conquered the blank canvas hours and finally laid down the background foundation. Acrylic paint is done in layers and even with a floating medium or stretcher, it still dries much quicker than oils. It can be frustrating at times, but can also be painted over when it dries.
Do overs in life are not always easy, but God is always there to help when we cry out to Him. Life is hitting many very hard these days. God is always there to help us when we call on Him. Perhaps the canvas of your life needs a Master Painter.
Hand Him the brush and rest in Him, then step out and share some beauty with the world.
The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Keep it Simple Sister
Moni is a blogger, story teller, podcaster, writer, singer, song writer, artist, homemaker, wife of almost 40 years, Mom of two sons, Omi to nine grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, baking, cooking, painting, crochet and nature, If you know about Meyers Briggs you should be guessing ENFP by now. More importantly,