Here are the final four pumpkins from this year's #pumpkinaday art challenge.
October 31, 2020
October 27, 2020
October 25, 2020
There have been many times during my artistic journey that I've felt like I wanted to quit....
- Freshman year of college a professor gave me a project I had no clue how to complete.
- After damaging my right hand in an accident, I was told I'd finish the semester painting with my left hand.
- A professor telling me I needed to quit pursing watercolor because my subject matter was not traditional enough for the medium.
- Teaching full time, having my first child, and completing my masters degree with an art show of ten original works on display.
The concepts were beyond my reach. My skills were too weak. I knew I would not be successful. I was overwhelmed and unable to see how I'd be able to complete the task.
It is really hard to continue on when something seems to be impossible.
However, when something seems impossible....what do you have to lose?
There is a freedom that comes over you when you feel there is nothing to lose in the trying. You begin to lay aside the worries, fears, and justifications...and just go for it. You realize quitting yields no reward. Pushing through the struggle and doubt allows you to develop necessary character to continue on as an artist. There is so much personal growth that occurs in this "process". In doing so, the impossible becomes possible.
Jesus looked at them and said,
"With man this is impossible, but not with God, all things are possible with God."
Over the years I've talked with many people about their relationship with God. Some shared that they weren't really sure what it meant to have a relationship with God. Others shared that they weren't "good enough" ...so they quit even trying. Many boasted of how "good" they were, and that God was lucky to have them on his side. Some became angry because they had been forced to go to church, but had never known that God wanted to have a personal relationship with them. Others talked about how they "hoped" they had more tallies in the good column than in the bad column...as if God was a score keeper in some kind of game.
In Matthew 19:26, Jesus is talking to the disciples about how God makes the way for man to have a personal relationship with him. This idea is so foreign to what they are use to hearing. So much of their society (and our society) is about doing things on our own...being good enough...EARNING IT. However, this also leads us to question...am I doing enough, am I good enough, am I doing the right thing, and can I mess up enough to ruin things? This brings about so much doubt, fear, and worry....because so many are trying to do things by their own strength.
It is impossible to "earn" our relationship with God. It is only through Jesus Christ that it is possible. When we realize that God so wanted a personal relationship with us that HE MADE THE WAY....it gives us such freedom to live for him. We no longer have to worry about being good enough...tally marks...or some how earning God's love. We can live a life that expresses the love shown to us. What do we have to lose when we know the love of Jesus and have that personal relationship with him?
October 22, 2020
October 20, 2020
October 19, 2020
October 18, 2020
October 14, 2020
October 13, 2020
October 11, 2020
They were doing what they thought they had seen done before. They thought that they could just use the name of Jesus & Paul, and it would be enough to obtain the same results. In their rush to get the product & the praise, they missed the greatest part of the process....a personal relationship with the Lord. They had used a poor "impression" of what should have been a vibrant & true reflection of the original. The result was not pretty! The demon called them on it. "Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?"
I want my life to be a vibrant & true reflection of the Lord. I may not be the perfect "print"...but the imperfections are part of the story & testimony of the Lord in my life. I never want to hear "...but who are you?" I want to be more than a copy of what it means to be a believer. May my life clearly display The One who made me, The One who saved me, The One who loves me, and may they seek to know more because of what they see in me.
October 10, 2020
October 07, 2020
I added the (ish) because can we truly be 100% safe if we are in person? I don't think so, but we can make changes to our practices and procedures to lower the risks. I know that many schools are having the students bring a plastic bag of supplies with them to art. After discussing this with administration and teachers at my school, I felt like I could plan my lessons in a way that students would not share supplies in a given day (and they could be sanitized at the end of each day). I purchased tumbler cups (wide bottoms to help prevent spilling) so that there would be supplies for each student (my largest class being 28 students). I will have to rotate through the supplies each week so that all the groups get opportunities to use Marker/Crayons/Colored Pencils/Collage/Paint (I can't really do clay because the fire marshal had issue with my kiln set up...so I'm waiting for the district to fix the issues).
The plan is...at the end of the day I will spray down the supplies with rubbing alcohol (using the misting bottle I purchased at Sally's Beauty Supplies). Then they will be ready to go for the next day's classes.
What procedures do you have in place?
October 05, 2020
October 04, 2020
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate, and humble.
1 Peter 3:8
Have you ever noticed that opinions run rampant in the church? We all have our thoughts on seating, service times, carpet color, and other EXTREMELY important things like that! (note the sarcasm). Sometimes opinions can cause great division within a body of believers. Why is this? Is "pews or chairs" really that important? "We have ALWAYS....." "Where I went to church..." "My old pastor would..." "To me...."
If we would get beyond ourselves (I, Me, & MY).....maybe we could get more accomplished? In 1 Peter 3:8 we are reminded to be "like-minded". That doesn't mean we have to all think EXACTLY the same. Like-minded is being like Christ. HOW? The verse continues on to say be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate, and HUMBLE (emphasis mine!). Basically, the verse is saying...IT ISN'T ALL ABOUT YOU!!! We need to put away our personal opinions that we sometimes prize too dearly, and be more like Christ. We need to seek to understand others. We need to love. We need to put these things into action. We need to not think we know it all/have all the answers/are always right.
If we can do this...we would see that there is so much more to bring us together than to divide us!
October 02, 2020
So we are two days in to #pumpkinaday (we are also going to use #pumpkintober). I've seen several people sharing their pumpkins the past two days.....SO FUN!!!
Some of you may be wondering why I started #pumpkinaday when Inktober and other prompts are already established. I love the idea of challenging myself, but sometimes have trouble keeping up with some of the prompts. I know many others are in the same boat as me....working full time...families....BUSY!!! I want to make sure people know with the challenges I do (#pumpkinaday, #turkeyaday, and #heartaday) that they can create however they wish (materials/styles/themes) & do not have to stress if they miss a day or three along the way!
INVITE STUDENTS & FACULTY TO JOIN IN THE FUN!!!!
IDEAS FOR #PUMPKINADAY
Over the years in my challenges I've done many materials/styles/themes that have allowed me to keep things fresh for me and give me a "focus". One year during #heartaday I shared my favorite things inside the hearts I created. During #turkeyaday I created a paper doll of a turkey, and each day I created a different outfit for it (not sure if anyone else was amused, but it made me laugh a lot). There really is no limit to what you can do! Trying different styles and materials is a fun way to challenge yourself with a simple subject matter. If you have several different ideas...you can do a theme for a week and then switch the following week. Most of all though....HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are in the grove...make multiple pumpkins at one time and then spread the posts out!
HERE ARE DAY ONE & TWO