Paint with a thankful heart

watercolor-brushwork-floral-notes -laure-paillex  "The world has changed," we hear people lament. Most of us don't like change.  We like the "known", the predictable, the comfortable. It's too easy to fall into a rut of gloom and despair. But without change, there can be no excitement, no growth!  Sometimes we need change to shake us out of our lazy comfort zones and force us to think of things in a new way.  If anything good has come from the global pandemic crisis and subsequent forced "stay at home" mandates it is the realization that creative human beings will always find outlets to express their creativity (in either negative or positive ways).  After all, we are fashioned in the image of The Creator of all things! 

Creativity Follows Gratitude!

One big takeaway from these past few months is the realization that positive creativity follows gratitude.  It's nearly impossible to make a good life or a good culture with a bad attitude!  Gratitude causes us to see people, things, and situations in a new light.  From a perspective of thankfulness, even the most common elements of our daily lives can prompt in us a desire to express our thoughts and feelings in creative ways - a poem, a song, an illustration in your Bible or daily journal, sketchbook drawing, splashes of color or a few expressive brushstrokes applied to blank paper. It is the process of making art, the mind > hand > surface connection, that promotes and reinforces the feelings of well-being within. 

Yes, the world is changing, and we may not like pictures painted by the daily news.  But peace begins with an attitude of gratitude - even in the middle of uncertainty, unrest, and change.  So, painting friends, I encourage you to enjoy the process of artmaking and allow whatever art you make to be an expression of a grateful heart.  The results will be beautiful! 

"Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things... and the God of peace will be with you."  Philippians 4:8-9 





And how blessed we are that He chose us to live in this amazing age of technology - and that virtually everyone has access to these exciting tools of modern communication.