Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I don't know what it will do in the human realm. In the faith realm I believe that it will help me to realise my artistic dreams; one of which is to share what God has given me with a wider world, the other that I can establish myself as a serious artist and gain representation.
So look out for gretamichelle.com on January 01, 2009
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Now don't get me wrong. These are sins and anybody having to deal with these needs to call on the Lord, but the biggest sin; the one that is so subtle you run the risk of overlooking it and not seeing it as a problem until you are faced with the consequence of it; the biggest sin is procrastination. The putting off for tomorrow what you can do today; the delaying of decisions for your life; decisions that could mean the diference between life and death, poverty or prosperity; heaven or hell.
The bible refers to this as something that is neither hot nor cold; that needs to be spewed out because it is so vile. It's a halting between two opinions; the trying to straddle two sides.
For the artist it sounds the death knell on creativity. For the christian it sounds the death knell.
Procrastination is a silent killer.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I've been salivating and wishing over a few art workshops. There are a few artists whose work I look at and admire and believe that I can learn a lot from their mentoring.
Where I am you don't really hear about workshops. Most of my artistic knowledge came from reading, looking at the works of the great masters such as Monet, Cezanne, Turner and O'Keefe and practising. Mopst important praying for inspiration to get it right. It's a wonderful way to learn but I would REALLY like to go to one of those 5-day workshops and mingle with fellow artists in an inspiring location.
So i'm going to start my wish lis/prayer list. God is going to send me on one of these. He said to ask, believing... so I will.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
If we can't or choose not to see that as perfect love and celebrate it as artists and humans then we all deserve to be in the mess we find ourselves in.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
You know what is most unfortunate about it? It could have been avoided. So much of the things we go through in life could have been avoided, if only....
I look back on my years of toil in the 'art world' and realise the opportunities I let slip through my fingers because of fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of... anything. When I finally stepped off the ledge I recognised the one thing I missed the whole time, that I should not have; God was there and He would not have let me fall.
Now, I look back at all the what ifs and realise that like the pain, they could have been avoided. I can do without all the 'what ifs'. I am not going to look for all the monsters under the bed and talk myself out of opportunities. I am going to step out. I can't avoid the pain i'm experiencing now unless I take the steps necessary to fix the problem that started it. Looking back and saying what if is going to help neither the pain nor my art. Stepping out will.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The triumphs of the week can be rejoiced over and shared with family.
Thank you God for this day of rest.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunrise Over Stella Maris (sold)
My artistic experience will forever be a testament to God's faithfulness. He is indeed a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him and call upon His name.
Stella is gone. to God be the glory! I said Lord I don't want to bring any of the paintings that I submitted to the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago show home. Stella deserves to be sold to someone who will appreciate her beauty.
The Show finished last Tuesday. I went to collect my cheque for Homeward Bound and instead of coming home with a cheque and a painting I came home with no paintings and two cheques.
I went from wondering if I would ever sell anything; if my work was good enough to two paintings being sol in the space of a week.
Noone will ever convince me that God is not real.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I am truly blessed to be able to do what i do and experience what I experience...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I can't wait for tomorrow when it will be all about the scene and the canvas and the elements and principles of design; when I will be so close to God that I could almost see His face.
That's what painting does for me; it brings me so close to God that His presence is a tangible thing. I can sense Him close by directing my eyes to the scene and pointing out what I need to do.
God is good.
Monday, December 15, 2008
What was a real triumph was the fact that I did not give in to fear. I had the opportunity to submit work to an art organization outside my usual sphere and I did it! Iwas terrified. Suppose they don't like it, suppose they decide it's not good enough. I almost didn't submit the work but the thought of having to wonder "what if" for the rest of my life was a stronger motivator.
I'm glad I did.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Reminds me of what Christ did for me on Calvary.
Was not happy today as I attempted to paint at the Wild fowl Trust which is a place for endangered species of fowl, birds and fishes. There is a really beautiful pond with lily pads and reflections.... so classic. Reminded me of the pictures that I lust over of Monet's garden
I had just set up when the heavens opened and poured out its liquid blessings on all. I was Soaked right through trying to protect the easel and canvas and paints from the deluge.
My husband, who was helping me hold the umbrella said that God wanted me to spend more time looking first.
In everything give thanks.
Lord, thank you for the rain and the painting I will get to complete soon.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
I was going through a period of discouragement and disillusionment and of course dissatisfaction.I didn't like the direction my work was going in; the usual artist angst about work not being sold...and on and on...
To cut a long story short I was away. I finally came back to it and it was as if I had finally found part of me again. I have been going out and painting almost everyday. It's beautiful and fulfilling.
Monday, February 25, 2008
I want to go in a different direction. I feel it pulling at me but fear of the unknown has me hesitating and turning away.
I am learning,however, that you can't run away from yourself and what is inside you. So I am going to step off into the unknown, expose myself to criticism,
Father, I pray that you will chart the course and pilot the ship, Amen