Today's time painting was pure joy. The first swoosh of color onto the page made me catch my breath. I knew right away that "just" doing this one painting would not be enough today, so I opened up my 6x18 art journal. Its professional grade paper took the paint in a wholly different way, and I had fun playing between the two.
Today was simply the joy of color and shape. I finished the piece early in the morning, and then loved walking past it all throughout the rest of the day. Sometimes it looked like a very happy and vibrant Native American blanket. I wanted it on my bed!
Before I went to bed last night, I prayed and thought much about accepting myself just as I am, just as God made me. Not so much as a particular human in a particular situation, but more as a spiritual idea, the beloved child of a loving God. I prayed to give my hands and heart to God and let Him use me to glorify Him.
This is not a new prayer for me, but I just held it very close last night. Talked with and emailed a couple other artists and shared what I could to encourage them to release, as much as possible, a habit of criticizing ourselves and of setting things up so that we always fall short of our impossible goals.
So, I fell asleep with surrender to God, the great Creator, the great Artist, on my lips. No wonder that I woke up ready to paint such joy.
P.S. Day 34 I tried something different and had been curious to see what you all thought of it. As it turned out, that was a day with no comments (4th of July!!). If anybody has time to check it out and give me their opinion, I'd appreciate it. But I thoroughly understand if you can't. :)