I don’t remember where I stumbled upon that quote ages ago, but it has stuck with me- perhaps painted a bit of its truth in my heart. Perhaps it is because I am an artist whose heart and desire to create beauty was shut inside for many years and now is bursting out like a jack-in-the-box with excitement. Or, maybe it’s because the artist in me desires to see an ever-changing real beauty affect this world that seems to get darker and darker through the media and it’s constant reminders of economic downfall, war, health care, global warming and celebrity death.
Mostly, it’s because I’m a little girl again thanks to my children.
I have been given permission by my Creator to create- to leave little brushstrokes of happiness and joy each day for others- for my children- to come behind and admire. I’m no trained artist, but I know there is some art in each of us looking to escape- paint, glitter, sing, cook, color, or snap!
Our consumer culture has us so wrapped up in what’s next in the stores, and with this terrible economy- how will we ever afford it- that we often overlook the true gifts and art in front of us and inside of us every day by just slaving away to buy the next tech gadget, hybrid or super drink.
Me, I’m happy being a mom. And a wife. And a little girl who gets to finger paint or snap a shot or hunt for treasure on the beach and play pirates and princess and chef- just hoping to paint the world with a little light and life to those I encounter along the way. And, praying that I teach my little ones and others to do the same.
What do your brushstrokes resemble? How do you create art? I’d love to hear… share your comments below!