Today I’m going to take you on a journey with me. Are you ready? Lets see where the pathway leads. A few weeks ago I purchased some ink sprays and stencils. I decided to use a couple of stencils to make a pattern as a background on a page in my art journal. [bctt tweet=”Little did I know the path it would take and how much the final page would veer from the original. ” username=”GaylWright”]This first picture was taken on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Mixed Media and Changes
The following week on Friday, August 31, 2018, I made some changes using mixed media. You will see that the butterflies took flight and disappeared. [bctt tweet=”I was mainly experimenting and wondering how the picture would develop.” username=”GaylWright”] It looked like the sky part was a bit too large. So using black acrylic paint I covered a section and shortened the sky. Using a stylus while the paint was wet I sketched outlines for trees. I also used gelatos, metallic gel pens and even some paint pens.
At the same time I was reading in Proverbs each morning and writing down some verses that stood out to me. When reading Proverbs 4, I copied the following into my devotion journal:
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
shining brighter and brighter until midday.
Carefully consider the path for your feet,
and all your ways will be established.
Don’t turn to the right or to the left;
keep your feet away from evil.
As I looked at my picture, I thought maybe I could paint a pathway that would look like it was heading toward the sun. On Saturday, Sept. 1, I used gelatos to put some green in the tops of the trees, add grass and some brighter flowers on the ground, but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the results. Using a metallic gel pen I tried to brighten up the tree trunks a bit. That was all for that day and it was left to rest.
Monday, Sept. 3, came around and I mixed two shades of green acrylic paint in order to fill out the trees a bit more. The roots also seemed to need attention so I tried to make them blend in and flow better with the rest of the painting.
Still, I was not satisfied that the painting was actually done. So I left it to dry and came back to it this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 4. After spending a little time tweaking it I knew it was finished. I hoped it would in some way illustrate my thoughts on those verses in Proverbs 4 .
Never Give Up
Why do I share all this with you? It was important to me that I did not give up when the painting wasn’t turning out the way I had originally thought. I want to encourage you not to give up on projects you may have started and set aside. [bctt tweet=”My original picture is nothing like the final, and I realized that life is a lot like that. ” username=”GaylWright”]We start on our journeys, and along the way we are met with obstacles that seem insurmountable. Even if we are tempted to give up, God never gives up on us. He is even working behind the scenes where we can’t see.
Our lives may take a different turn than we might have expected, but we can be sure God is right there with us. He leads us through the dark and the light, and as we follow, the pathway becomes more clear. We grow as we walk with God, using our talents to bring encouragement and inspiration to others. [bctt tweet=”Because God is our guide, we can move forward knowing that He loves us and will never give up on us.” username=”GaylWright”]
I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Follow the Pathway Toward the Light
I wrote a haiku based on Proverbs 4:16,26-27.
Moving Toward the Light
Like morning sunshine
My path unfolds before me
With radiant light
Pondering my steps
I keep steady on the path
Moving towards the light