I’ve done something this year, that I have never done before – a commissioned artwork! Now for me that is definitely one way to get out of your comfort zone.
There was no commission or monetary insentive involved – because let’s be honest, you need to have some confidence in your skill/talent if you are going to charge for it!
It was, however, one monumental leap in terms of doing something that leaves me feeling vulnerable and enthrilled!
The brief I received was pretty simple: Paint a lady facing upward, and include the Aaronic Blessing in the artwork. I vaguely remember something about light coming from above – but that was about it!
I was asked to assist with the painting in April this year and naturally, my excuse at the time, was that I needed to prepare for my exams! In that very silly little moment, I did, however, commit to assist my friend with the painting she plans to take with her when she is deployed internationally for work.
Get out of your comfort zone
Some time in July/August I realised that I made a commitment – and if there is one pretty awesome (and detrimental) quality about me, it is that I stick to what I say I will do.
I had art as a subject at school and believe painting is both a talent and skill. In my case, I have the talent to see what works, the imagination to fuel it, however, I’ve lost a bit of the actual skill to make it happen.
Painting and creating art is really something I keep meaning to get back into. But in-between Grade 1 homework and the general stresses in life, I alway seem to put it on the back burner.
Until I made the commitment that forced me to get out of my comfort zone!
The Painting/the Blessing
What I love about God is that when He urges us to give, the blessing we receive is so much greater than what we end up giving.
I started by looking for a girl looking towards the sky and filling in the words of the scripture I was requested to add to the artwork.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;Numbers 6:22-27
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
Once I knew the details of the painting, I needed to fill some of the empty space. I prayed about it and in the end, every single little bit of guidance pointed to sunflowers.
Initially, I was concerned that sunflowers were something I simply thought up. It was after all around the same time I started thinking and recreating this little blog to “The Curious Wildflower.”
Once I had confirmation that sunflowers are the actually the thing I was about to paint, I went ahead boldly.
Now my friend didn’t actually know, the painting had been painted until it was nearly finished. Nor has she even seen the artwork. But I did clarify the meaning of sunflowers to her in her life and her answer was magnificent!
Sunflowers naturally face the sun. Our interpretation of the
Lastly, when I chatted to my friend, she mentioned that sunflowers are a great reminder of her mom and the values she learned growing up.
I have taken my ‘get out of your comfort zone’ one step further, by actually writing and posting the final product.
The spiritual practice behind prophetically painting something is something I plan to explore. I loved sitting and at times wrestling with God, over what I should paint. Is my artwork (His artwork through me) – His message complete?
Posting about the journey brings a certain element of accountability and that is what I am craving at the moment.
It is a reminder of an intention to move from what I want to do, to going over into action!
About the Artwork
I used Gouache on Paper for the artwork. Gouache is such a fabulous medium. It is similar to watercolour, however, much less transparent.