Monday, 20 February 2012

Unleashing my creativity and inner artist

I am surrounded by people using their creativity. For years I have said, "oh, I'm not creative," but somewhere deep inside I yearned to create. I envied those who seemed to have a creative streak. The truth is, we are all creative. Our Creator made us that way. Creativity just looks different to everyone.


Since starting this blog I have discovered that I am creative with words and have an eye for photography. Over the winter months a lot of my blogging friends knitted and crocheted. Some friends are creative in the kitchen. Some sew.  I felt frustrated as I haven't been able to find my creative niche. I envied those that already had.



This year, I wanted to explore my creative side a little more and unleash the artist within. For Christmas I received this gift certificate from my friend Paula. Paula has recently dusted off her gift of the ability to produce beautiful art work that she let lay dormant for a few years. And she is flourishing. She is very talented.
 

On Saturday, I redeemed my certificate and spent a whole day with Paula for a one on one art retreat. Paula  was an amazingly patient and encouraging teacher. And because of this, I was able to produce a piece of art that I was actually really proud of. I keep looking at it in awe and thinking to myself, "I did that!" I surprised myself.



 First we spent time discussing what I wanted to do for my art piece. This process took about an hour. It was amazing how an idea took shape and form to eventually produce the finished product.



 I had been mediating on this scripture all week and wanted to somehow express it in my art work:
Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, 
   My grace is enough; it's all you need.    My strength comes into its own in your weakness.Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. {2 Cor 12:9-10(msg)}
Because I am a lover of words, I wanted to use words in my art piece. So the ideas came and then I sat down to begin.


 It actually felt very strange and foreign to me. I wasn't used to the process of creating in this way. Thankfully Paula was gentle in her approach and guided me as needed. 


 I was actually surprised how long the process took. Paula kept telling me to slow down. I wasn't used to taking my time in things and have a tendency to rush. I arrived at Paula's house at 10.30am and didn't leave until 7.30pm.

And here it is!
My masterpiece...


Hanging in my home.


My husband and boys were really impressed and encouraged me so much with their compliments.
And so she is unleashed....Jo the artist. I can't wait to do it again!!
Never again will I say, "Oh, I am not creative."

Still taking lessons from the King,




PS - Look who have been inspired to release their inner artists!


12 comments:

  1. Good on ya Jo ! I love the deep blue of the sky.

    You are made in the image of a creator God so you have Him in you. Well done.

    Blessings

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    1. Thanks Chareen! I was so surprised it turned out so well. The blue is lovely isn't it?

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    2. Jo, that is awesome! I,too, have been slowly dusting off my brushes and paint and want to pursue art again.

      I am so glad you gave it a try. I love how you combined God's truths with your art. That is what I like to do as well! It has a Van Gogh look to it.

      We can all reflect His glory in so many ways!

      Have a blessed week!

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    3. Oh I'm glad you are picking up your brushes again Michelle.

      Van Gogh hey? I'll take that compliment ;)

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  2. Just so lovely! Can't wait to see it in real life.

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    1. Thank you, my creative in writing author friend ;) xo

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  3. I'm proud of you, Jo! Your art is beautiful, and it is so exciting that you are recognizing the Master Artist in yourself. What's true of Him is also true of you because you have exchanged your life for His :)It's also awesome that your children are tapping into His Spirit through art! :)

    Now that you've started, perhaps you would enjoy the challenge at Word Art Wednesday where we take a verse from God's word and use it in a piece of art: http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much. It felt great to unleash my creativity! It is very exciting.

      I love that my boys are exploring their creativity too.

      I will have a look at Word Art Wednesday, although I won't be able to commit to participating weekly. But I bet I'd find a lot of inspiration there.

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  4. I relate to this post so much! Ever since I was little, I can remember having that inner desire to be creative, yet I wasn't the one who "shined" in this area. One of my sisters seemed to be the one who received that gift ... she is now a talented graphic artist. I got discouraged...then since finding the Lord I feel like I've recaptured the passion for it ... I love what you said that we are ALL creative because our Creator made us that way. I now try to take time to be creating something on a regular basis, no matter how small or even goofy at times. It is wonderful to create something for God's glory, not worrying about anyone else's opinions, just expressing yourself.

    Your painting turned out wonderfully and is inspiring.

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    1. I am so glad that you are creating Tracey! Our creativity is so part of core and how He designed us, but many of us lack confidence in our abilities to create. Keep expressing yourself. xo

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  5. Oh how wonderful!! Yes, you are very creative! What a lovely gift from Paula. I love your masterpiece, and that red flower! Stunning.

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  6. When God created the earth, He enjoyed it so much, He gave the gift of creativity and imagination to every one of His children. That's one of the gifts the devil wants to inhibit!! Don't let him! I enjoyed my visit to your blog. When i was young, I was pastoring a group of single women and God gave me a sense that i should train them to be princesses. After all, we are all daughters of the King of Kings, aren't we? I'm glad you're letting your inner princess of creativity out! Bless you! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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Jo Princess Warrior xo