Sunday, January 11, 2009

On Blooming Where You Are Planted

I attended a workshop this weekend sponsored by the Women's Ministry Department of the South Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. The theme was " Bloom Where You Are Planted" The various speakers expanded on this theme using the analogy of the plant or flower and all that it needs to do in order to survive and flourish in it's environment.
What really brought this theme home for me, though, was the consecration speaker who explained that this meant being the best that I can be in whatever situation i'm in. He said that this came through a total transformation of the mind; not conforming it to the expectations of the world but to the expectations and the vision that God has for your life.
What does this have to do with you or painting you might ask? Well there is a saying: "In beholding you become changed" To move away from the negative self image and self doubt you need to embrace the thoughts of peace and prosperity that God has for you. To become the best student, mother, father, friend, husband, wife, businessman, artist, you need to remember that you didn't give yourself the ability or position. God ordained your path and He knows how it should be done.
Once we recognise who's in charge and who we owe our abilities to; once we acknowledge Him in all our ways, we will most definitely bloom where we are planted.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thanks!

If I could pinpoint one dream that I have it would be that I didn't have to get up in the morning to go to work; it would be that I could get up, get my daughter ready for school, spend some time doing houshold chores and then go off to parts known and not so known to paint the sunrise or the sunset or the fish market with all its activities.

My reality is far from this. I do have to getup in the morning and go to work. I can't pick myself up and just go paint. I have to eke out time wherever and whenever Ican and feel as though i'm cheating my art with all other things
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If I have learnt one lesson in the years that I have walked this earth is to give thanks; for what you have as well as what you don't. I may not be able to go out and paint as I want but the times when I do are so precious that I treasure each moment and remember the story that God gives with each painting: The putting on of the high beam in the car to paint Homeward Bound, the racing up the road at 4.00 am to get the perfect sunrise for Stella Maris, the smell of the rain on the trees while painting After the Rain; each moment, each story is precious. And when I part with a piece it is not just my talents that I get to share, it's the story as well; mine and the one that God has given.

What if I was painting all the time? Am I sure I would still have this appreciation for the stories?
I don't know. What I do know is instead of sitting around and bemoaning what I can't do or can't have right now, I'm going to treasure those moments that come when the canvas becomes my eyes and the brush my hands and the spirit of God moves across the surface and I see Him in every tree and every blade of grass and every colour note and every story.

"In everything give thanks..." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy time

Sabbath is a happy time. It's true.
Experience it why don't you.
I dare you.
Happy Sabbath!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hit the Ground Running





Boats on a Rainy Mayaro Morning


I am happy and blessing God for the way the new year has started for me. I was able to realise one goal which was the start and launch of my official website; something that's been a long time coming and the nest is that I started the new year painting.


I went out early this morning and wound up in Mayaro where I painted until I could no longer ignore the rain. What I ended up with is a satisfying start to the year and an indication of things that God is going to work out for me in my work

God is indeed faithful so serve Him with gladness. For those of you who don't know this yet, get to know Him. You won't be disappointed. He will add a new and wonderful dimension to your work.

Check out the updates where I will upload photos of my Mayaro adventure.














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