Pablo Picasso once said, “when a bird sings do you try to understand it? NO, you just listen. So sometimes when you see a painting, rather then trying to understand it, just look at it.”
One of the questions an artist is constantly asking himself is, “Is it finished? It’s the same question we ask about Life. Just about the time I get the right job with the right house and car and everything seems to fall into place, I turn around and my Heavenly Father is making changes. Here is a painting I’ve been working on. You’ll notice one looks incomplete and the other….well I’m not sure if it’s finished or not.
As I sat looking out The Studio window in late afternoon watching the sun go down, I discovered something. I discovered those small things that make artists set up and take notice. In my small backyard were thousands upon thousands of small minute pictures just waiting to be drawn or painted. I saw the buds of the chestnut tree and the red birds chasing the squirrels away from the bird feeder. I saw the chipmunk run under the privacy fence and dog stick her nose under that same fence following it’s smell. I noticed the half full bird feeder and new patch of grass bursting through the soil in search of sunlight. Shadows everywhere, more then I could possibly count.
The thought came to me that if it were not for the shadows, shapes, sizes and sounds of nature, artist would have no idea what paint. All of God’s creation shouts motivation, beauty and love to an otherwise dull lifeless world.
Makes no difference if you are an painter, singer, poet or just another human being who enjoys life, you still live under the influence of the creator of the universe, Almighty God. With out Him we would do and are nothing.
The biggest concern of an artist is “how do I get people to see my art?” The answer is pretty simple, “show it”. Which brings the next question, “where?”. Well I am excited to announce that New Creation Arts gallery located in Roswell Ga. has invited me to be a member of their Artist family. The space is limited so I am humbled to be a part. This is just another step in being able to share with people who love and appreciate the many talents God has given us.
Pretty simple, pretty easy to paint you might say. I totally agree. But think about the meaning behind the painting. It conjures up the thought of love. Love isn’t simple or easy but it’s worth all the effort we put into it. Let Valentine’s Day and it’s fond memories motivate us to work hard at keeping the love fire burning. Ellen Martin I sure do love you.
So the other day I met with God and began our conversation by saying, “Lord I have so much to say to you, but I don’t know where to start.
He answered by declaring softly, “Lee there is so much I want hear from you, just say what’s on your heart.”
We had our talk, I confessed, and I asked Him to forgive. It was a pretty difficult chore.
Then He looked at me with tears in His eyes and said, “I love you, you are forgiven, now go and sin no more.”