Monday, June 4, 2012
A wonderful friend from my Bible Study class asked me if I could paint her a picture. She wanted one that reminded her of God's glory but didn't smack people in the face of it when they came to visit. A picture that had meaning for her.
She showed me a picture that she had found in a catalog that she liked as an example. I struggled at the beginning of this painting because I wanted to please my friend who had commissioned me to paint for her - I didn't want her to buy the painting just to be nice. I wanted her to love it. After a few days of stagnant work I realized that I have to be true to my style and just started painting (forgetting the example).
The lesson I learned... be true to myself. Once I relaxed and stopped worrying the picture came together in a day. It looks nothing like the examples and I am glad. I wouldn't want it any other way. I worked over five hours straight and didn't realize it until my family called me for dinner. The "zone" was happening and that is when I know I love what I am doing.
I love the picture. It is whimsical and fun but has meaning. The special secret is that the church is made from her own journal page, which I asked for a photo. I have painted other pictures like this that have hidden photos and memorabilia.
My Mom loved nature and gardening. Someday I will paint myself a picture that includes something with her handwriting. Handwriting is so personal and brings back so many memories. I am going to list this painting on my Etsy store, Poppy Cat Sews, as a custom made piece. I hope I get to paint for someone soon. Sharing my art and making something personal for someone else is so rewarding.
On a side note, the study was Brave - Honest Questions Women Ask by Angela Thomas. It was excellent.