Sharing Your Talent

Layering of Gingko Leaves

A Layering of Gingko Leaves is a painting I will be sharing with my college alum to help support scholarships. Donating art is donating a part of yourself to help others and to promote art. Donating your valuable time is certainly a way to share. God gives all of us talents. It is up to us how to use this gift. Do we bury our talent afraid that someone may copy us and miss out on opportunities to connect with others? There are so many ways to share our talent. God has given all of us talents. When you share this ability, your talent seems to increase. Plus, the people you meet along the way become an important part of your life. My life is very fulfilled; “my cup runneth over “.

Sharing your talent can mean teaching. I am realizing how much fun it is to share with others the processes I have previously learned. My two students look forward to their once a week lessons. One is a young student who is learning how to draw, and the other student is older who is learning watercolor. Certainly diverse in age and in medium but equal in their enthusiasm to learn. My joy is watching them stretching and losing their timidity to learn more and more. And, yes I am being forced to reiterate every thing I have learned to be able to teach.

Do not be afraid to share your art ideas with other artists. Recently, I have been given the opportunity to create a group with three other artists. The idea was to get together once a month to critique each others art. Our getting together has emerged into much more. Working from four different medians and four different backgrounds, we have so much to share. You cannot imagine how much energy is created with four women who brainstorm and promote each other.

I challenge you to share with others your talents. You will find much satisfaction. Continue reading “Sharing Your Talent”

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Waiting for Spring: Winter Dawn on a Plowed Field

IWinter Dawn on a Plowed Field

I painted this picture to  make viewers aware there is beauty in nature in the dead of winter. Early in the morning the sun rises bringing the rosy pinks, oranges and purples across the sky. Color is found in the lavender grays of the bare branches contrasted with the dark green of the cedar trees. Notice the soil has the mixture of colors with the rising of the sun: pinks, oranges, turquoise.

At the end of harvest, the prairie soil was plowed to lie dormant during the winter months taking in the rains and possible snow anticipating the spring to once again warm the soil waiting for new seeds to be dropped into the earth.

Winter is a period of waiting through shorter days and cold weather. We yearn for spring bursting forth with yellows of daffodils and bright green of new growth. But, winter is a time for quieter thinking, for reflection. As we approach the season of Lent,  we can take the time to slow down enough to see God’s beauty all around us. Continue reading “Waiting for Spring: Winter Dawn on a Plowed Field”