Artists can do amazing things with very little! It is kind of like a super power of ours. We make things "work" that seemingly shouldn't. There are mediums that can not be "creatively answered". You need specific materials to do certain art forms. It is very obvious when these supplies become dried out, used up, or broken. It happens. Art supplies are not meant to last forever. If they did last forever...it would mean they were not being used for their purpose. So it is natural for them to begin breaking down, wearing out, and getting used up. There does reach a point where they can no longer accomplish what they were designed to do. You can continue using an inferior product, switch colors midway, or power through using the broken supplies/tools. However, it can change the quality of the work, it can change how others perceive the work, and can change the direction you as an artist wanted to go with the work. The frustration of using dried out, used up, and broken supplies can derail the creative process. Now "necessity is the mother of invention", and such adversities can result in creative breakthroughs. Though most artists would rather not have to go through that process, it can yield amazing rewards depending on how the creator approaches the situation.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-29
Are you feeling a bit dried out, used up, and/or broken? Work, family, the world around us....LIFE! All these factors contribute to these feelings. It really can't be avoided. Sometimes we become more worn down than others. Stress, illness, finances, family members....all can contribute to the feelings of being dried out, used up, and/or broken. When we are in this place, it impacts every area of our life. We are not as effective in the things we do personally, professionally, and spiritually. So what can we do? Jesus tells us to COME! "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden.." He doesn't wag his finger at you and tell you that you shouldn't be weary & heavy-laden. Instead, He invites you to come to him...and He will give you rest. Sometimes we believe we shouldn't struggle with this. We believe we should be able to instantly give it all to God all the time. However, we all know we hold onto things. Guess what....GOD KNOWS TOO!!! He knew you would take more on you than you should. That is why He invites us all to take to come! Not to scold us, but to love us & show us a better way. In doing so, we will have a testimony to share of our burdens being lifted. We will have a testimony to share of being refreshed. We will have a testimony of being made whole.