“We need the valleys and the hills. The hills collect the rain for hundreds of fruitful valleys. And so it is with us! It is the difficulty encountered on the hills that drives us to the throne of grace and brings the showers of blessing. Yes, it is the hills, the cold and seemingly barren hills of life that we question and complain about, that bring down the showers.” (From L.B. Cowman’s Streams In The Desert – January 1)
Let me begin by saying I am not going through anything particularly tasking at this point in life, but I’m sure this year, just like most years, will bring its share of strenuous “hills”. I am thankful and hopeful that these hills will produce blessings. This is my hope for the new year.
As I reflect back on my art and life this past year I am amazed at how much one’s life can change from one year to the next.
This time last year I was excitedly making wedding plans:
And then the “big day” finally arrived:
It was so fun to plan (stressful at times, yes), but the most fun has been the sweet days that followed being a newlywed.
I am thankful this transition has resulted in positive changes in my artwork as well as my personal life. The mixed media pieces have taken a new direction that speaks to the innermost workings of my daily physical, emotional, and spiritual life.
“Remember”, mixed media on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
My paintings have taken on some characteristics of the mixed media pieces, as well as becoming more fluid, transparent, and organic.
“Remember the Rock From Which You Were Hewn (Isaiah 51:1)”, acrylic on canvas, 36” diameter
Simply because I don’t like calling them “resolutions”, I have here a small list of goals for this year:
1. Don’t be afraid of the “hills” in life – embrace them and strive towards them and through them. I tend to err on the side of caution most of the time, so this will be a paradigm shift for me.
2. Be more intentional about my relationships with friends and family (hard for this introvert).
3. Keep praying that the Lord would make me generous and humble.
4. Read one book a month.
5. Expand my artistic territory – always be looking for a new way to present myself and my artwork.