At last, my second piece is complete, and I can’t wait to
share my stories with you!
This was one of the darkest art pieces that came into my mind
when I began thinking up this series. It is also the first serious piece of art
I have ever accomplished. Ironically this artwork came painstakingly slow, and
with many lessons that I wish to tell. The first lesson I had to learn was
interested in trying to understand my subject matter. There were two important
questions I needed to find answers to. The first was “Why would someone turn
away from the Savior?” Even those who didn’t know Him would most likely either
say “Oh, you do exist,” or “Who might you be?” To turn your
back on Him would be a completely different thing altogether. The kind of
person who would do that would have to have known Him, or tried to be faithful
and close to Him, but trials in life altered this man’s final decision of
slowly became familiar with this man and his situation. I realized eventually that
my original question was irrelevant. It was not important what this man did or
did not, what he saw or experienced. That was not the message of this painting.
In fact, when I first started this piece I felt the farthest away of
emotionally understanding this man’s thoughts. Now as I write this, it is
incredible how far I’ve come in less than a year, because now not only do I understand
this man, I feel like I have felt this man’s pain in my own heart.
hard feelings, hard situations, and has brought my soul to tears. Yet what I
marvel about the greatness of God is though we are all so complex in our
thinking, and so very different in our thought patterns and why we do what we
do, God understands each man and woman completely. He understands all the
differences, the reasoning and experiences to make each thought so. I find that
incredible considering how many people are in the world, and how interwoven and
singular each tapestry of life is. This is why not only can I not pass judgment
on this man who is turned away, I mourn with him, for he has every right to his
pain. His torture is something that is very real in the natural man, and he has
a right to feel it, despite whatever terrible circumstances had brought him to
stand with a man who is turned away from Him?” Would Christ have His hand on his
shoulder, as if to try to give comfort? Even if the man’s life is completed,
and his decision of Jesus is sure? This man has hardened his heart and had
waxed cold. He turned away from everything that was light, and it was an
intentional decision. Would the Savior want to comfort a person who is angry
with Him in the hereafter? Would Christ have His hand stretched out even
something happened, and I needed you, you weren’t there!” This is when I
learned an important lesson of God’s endless grace.
hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking
child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they
may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the
palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
Spirit and put up walls. Often we feel like He is not with us. But though we
can’t feel Him, Christ was never the one who turned away from us. It was us
that turned from Him. If we ever decided to come back to the light, it would be
then that we realize through our darkest and loneliest hours Christ was not
only right beside us, He carried us through it.
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But
he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest,
that they are wrought in God.”
that through this art piece I learned that Christ is a constant companion. No
matter what you do, no matter what you say, His love is still stretched out to
you. The marks on His hands are a emblem that He felt every pain, including
yours. Including mine. Every single soul on this earth. He knows you, and being
the shepherd that He is, He only wishes you to allow Him to heal, and come and
return to the Fold.
he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Music (of course) was involved in the process of making this art piece. I’d love to share with you two pieces of music that helped inspire my painting. You can click on the songs to hear them on youtube:
When my second child came into the world and I was ready to paint this artwork,
reality came knocking. I was going on little sleep, two babies now to attend to,
and hadn’t a clue how to juggle two at once while finding free time for myself.
As difficult as it was, I needed to be patient while I got acquainted with the
new baby, and brand new lifestyle with two children.
to sleep through the night, I stole late hours of the night trying to figure
out how to paint a graded wash from left to right (watercolor washes usually
are top to bottom, for blue skies mostly). It took me not one, not two, but eight
times to get the graded wash just right. I was having trouble with lines, water
blossoms, and paper quality. But in brief, I was fortunate to figure out how to
pull it off through many expensive
heavy weight paper trials and error. For anyone who is watercolor savvy, I’d
love to share this new discovery with the world. Instructions are below.
fluid if you want to (I have tested it and it is waterproof!), but be sure to
let the masking fluid dry first before proceeding to step two. Blotting the paper to prevent
the color from reaching undesired places also works if you don’t have masking
your paper in water for a good 20 minutes. You can use your bathtub, but if
your paper is large, use a child’s wading pool.
your fingertips touching only the edges, gently lift your paper out of the
water. Put the paper on your desk and wait until the sine of the water on the
top of your paper is gone.
you wait for the paper to be ready, mix your paints together to the desired
colors. I mixed a puddle with little pigment and a lot of water (light color) and
a puddle with a generous amount of pigment (dark color.)
can use a paper towel to dab the edges of the background and the foreground, so
the paint won’t bleed into places you don’t want.
the shine is gone, use a large flat brush and dip it into your light color. Gently
sweep from left to right. Tilt the paper as you sweep across so you can carry
the pigment to the next line down. This tilting will help the paint to move and
will prevent lines. Continue until your whole background is covered in one
your flat brush in the darker pigment, and BARELY touching the paper (don’t press too hard here to prevent lines) sweep
across to the desired length you wish the darker pigment to reach. Continue downward
until you have painted the part of the paper you want to be darker.
your paper with your fingertips touching only the very edges, and tilt gently
side to side, top to bottom, to move the darker pigment around in the desired
area. You will drip on your table, but just wipe with your paper towels…It is
better to have a friend or spouse help clean your table of drips as you use
both your hands to tilt the paper.
looks just right, leave it ALONE! But keep blotting until the paint is not
bleeding anymore into undesired locations. If masking fluid is on your paper,
do NOT touch the masking fluid/ remove it until a day later (or when the paper
is bone dry).