I’ve continued my practice from last year of creating something rather than giving up something for Lent. For us, the Lent season started with loss, as my husband lost his job (and we continue walking in that reality). So much of what I processed with art had to do with worry, surrender, trusting God, and finding His encouragement. I decided to share my favorite pieces with you, along with little explanations.
Many of you have asked if I would sell this art (which, frankly, surprises me). I’m so new at this, and I see all the imperfections quite clearly. So I’m not sure if I will offer these for sale. I’m praying about it.
The last one I created: Happy Resurrection Day!
There’s something powerful and graceful about deer standing at attention. And oh how I needed to know that God would give me strength like that.
The world is a broken place, but our broken savior heals the broken.
This one I created because my emotions were running dark, and I needed a reminder of Christ’s amazing light.
My daughter Julia told me this was her favorite. I’m a sucker for blue and green together, and the word means a lot to me right now.
I didn’t have words to describe my mood on the day I painted this, other than I was longing for mountains again. (Something I don’t see in North Texas).
I say this phrase when I speak. It’s one thing to say, make art about it–it’s entirely different to actually believe and live in light of it.
I still have a huge affinity for birds, particularly those in flight. I googled pen-drawn birds and saw one similar to this. One thing I struggle with as an amateur artist is I can’t necessarily create something from nothing. I need to look at something first.
Even though this is not very artsy or interesting, it has profound meaning to me. I’m learning the art of letting go this year, not easy for someone who likes to control things or cling tightly to the status quo. On one Sunday, we sang a chorus that included “I surrender all.” I came home after that and made this. I truly, truly did surrender. Now the catch: can I live in light of that great relinquishment?
I googled Lent art, and saw something similar to this (in terms of the crosses, not the verse). I enjoyed messing with different shades. (My medium this Lent has been exclusively watercolor and pens).
I found a picture of a watercolor rooster a while back, had the foresight to print it off so I could attempt to pain it. I think it turned out fun and crazy. I remembered as a child being awakened by our evil rooster (we should’ve named him Satan). Then, when I woke up, I didn’t understand the mercies of God. But I’m so grateful now that every time I wake up, new mercies greet me.
I wish this verse were true of me more and more. It’s hard to let everything filter through me as love instead of envy, comparison, inconvenience. I’m pretty sure the mechanics of this blue bike are not right, but it was fun to try to paint it.
One of those pieces to remind me again, during this season of everything being up in the air, that God is in control. I don’t have to be. And the fact that there are flowers in the world (and God cares for them) reminds me that His care is real and present and available.
I love how butterflies represent resurrection and transformation. I still wonder if maybe this picture would look better if I had outlined them.
This looks just like a large banner that hangs in my office. A reader sent me this phrase, saying it referred to me. Such an encouragement! It’s so true. I was a victim, but Jesus has transformed me into a carrier of light.
This was created on one of my down days where I let worry rob me of my joy. Enough said.
God continues to give me gardening/flower imagery. Perhaps that’s because I’m a gardener at heart. When Spring comes, I’m reminded that what is dead can return to life. Perhaps He will resurrect my husband’s career. Or mine…
I struggle with body image, so I painted this for me, and for everyone else out there who has a hard time believing they are beautiful.
I’m not too wild about this painting. It’s messy, and my words aren’t written very purposefully. But the Scripture is such a good reminder. The next time it rains, remember that it’s a reminder that God will respond to your prayers.
There’s that word again. I wanted to portray it as a flower surrendering its petals. And when the petals hit the ground, they become like nature art for all to see.
Another one of those days where my worries loomed larger than God in my mind. I created this to remind myself of the enormity of God in light of my problems.
My lovely word for the year. Maybe it won’t be such a hard word if it’s created in rainbow colors?
My next book, Worth Living, releases in just a little over a month. This phrase comes from the book, and is an important reminder for us all.
I love story. I love stories. (Obviously since this is the Restory site!). This piece reminded me that our current storm will one day be a cool story.
One of my goals during this time of financial insecurity has been to stay generous. I’m trying very hard to think in terms of blessing others, rather than focusing on my own needs. It helps my perspective.
In anticipation of Easter Sunday, another butterfly, reminding me that what I was (a fuzzy caterpillar) is not what I will be (an elegant, flying butterfly). Because of what Jesus did, I can soar free.
My friend Kelly gave me a table runner that had bees on each end. I loved those bees, so I thought I’d try my hand at painting one. And the Scripture fits right alongside it. Pleasant words have sustained me this season.
I saw a tree like this somewhere (I can’t remember where or when) and printed it off. Then I drew and painted it, adding the mustard seed verse. It reminds me that God takes little things and makes them big. I’m praying my faith will be elongated and strengthened during this time.
This is one of my favorites by far. I enjoyed creating the feathers, the impossible colors (a turquoise bird?). It reminds me that God is a God who protects and covers and loves us just where we are. He doesn’t despise our shivering.