Psalm 23:6 says “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” In light of these last six months, I couldn’t agree more. I’m still on the job hunt but God has been keeping me all this time. The lights are still on, mortgage is still being paid, and there’s food on my table. I’ve even been the recipient of random acts of kindness and even the standard kindness from friends and family. There are no words that can express my sincere gratitude.
While pondering over this psalm, I imagined that “goodness” and “mercy” were like kites flying overhead, following the person who held them by the strings. In this case, the person that I drew was a girl in a bathing suit running with the kites. I see that young girl in myself as the kites follow her, their tails leaving trails of color, painting the skies. She holds onto them, just as someone would hold on to their faith in tough times.
The work was created using watercolor crayon and pencil on watercolor paper. I steered away from being too technical and allowed myself to be little messy and less controlled with the blending. Is this how God approaches the skies when He paints the sunrises and sunsets? If so, you certainly don’t hear anyone complaining about it.
So the dust has finally settled after completing the arts festival, and all manner of art, scraps, and tools have retreated to their respective closets, corners and walls. Now it’s back to working on these cards. This work, “Nine Ladies Dancing” was completed almost two years ago which is hard to believe. It was one of the first pieces that came out of the starting blocks from the Twelve Days of Christmas project.
As you can see, the dancers are footloose and fancy-free and they look glorious in their bright colors. I relied on my comic book brain to create different poses so fortunately I didn’t need any references.
I also found this cool scripture shortly after I created this piece. It’s in Psalms and says: “You have turned from me my mourning into dancing. You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.”
Drawing and coloring on that paper was quite a task. It’s cold-pressed watercolor paper, and I used both watercolor pencil and watercolor crayon for the subject matter and background. This type of paper which is typically not smooth required a lot of work from a color blending standpoint.
As I painfully discovered, Nine Ladies was difficult to photograph, edit, AND print. In person it looks great and it is one of the most asked about pieces in my collection from potential buyers. So now I HAVE to do something. You will probably see me hanging around a Kinko’s somewhere in the near future hoping that they can scan the artwork and provide me with a decent image. Wish me luck!
Just a Chick Trying To Get Some Art Done