I have been struggling to find the words to describe this piece; to describe the process of this piece.
First let me say that the timing of Audacious Dreams is as poignant as anything. I am at a place where I am being called into a future of seemingly ridiculous dreams. As I continue in therapy dealing with all that feed into my PTSD diagnosis God is providing grace, peace, and healing like never before. As He does so, he is reminding me of desires I have had throughout my adulthood; reminding me that he gives me the desires of my heart.
He has begun refining these desires and has put people in my life to help me see that they are not random, disjointed dreams, but rather perfectly fitting pieces that form a much larger whole … something that is far beyond what I ever could have imagined.
As these dreams begin to take shape I am overwhelmed by the fact that pursuing such a plan on my own is utterly ridiculous, beyond ridiculous actually. It borders on insanity. But that is how I know these dreams are God-breathed. I am not capable. But, God has assured me that I am enough. All I need to do is take the step He has placed in front of me. When I have done that, he will lead me to the next one.
Merriam-Webster defines Audacious as, “intrepidly daring; recklessly bold.”
May my faith be as audacious as the dreams God has given me!
The creative process of this piece was different for me as well. When I started this piece I knew I wanted it to come from the place of excitement over where God was leading me. To do so I also knew I needed to be fully engaged with the process so I painted it on the floor. I surrounded myself with tools I thought I may use and realized that just like with these audacious dreams I just needed to focus on one piece at a time. And so I began.
I started in one corner and began working with just a few colors. Soon I found myself mixing finger painting with brush strokes. Then there was an urge to move to another corner. There I used other tools: sponges, spatulas, palate knives. I moved back around near the first section and added on. I went back and forth like this over several days working sections, blending colors, adding mediums, making adjustments, etc. I used just about every tool in my studio, including, I must add, my dog’s nose. (Yes, Truman decided he needed to get in on the process too.)
As I worked, I realized that Audacious Dreams is very much like my audacious dreams. I’ll take it one step at a time, use most of the tools I have available, make corrections along the way, and trust God for the outcome.
I knew Truman was contemplating something. Seconds after taking this picture he decided to stick his nose in the purple and orange paint.
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