1 by birth the other by choice and I got here as fast as I could!
WE DID IT!!! I know many of you were skeptical because we've tried SO hard to escape Maryland before, but it's obvious that it was never God's time until now. Can you tell this man of mine is happy....this is epic that he responded with such joy!
I'm fortunate that I've been able to work from home for 27 years! Most of that is literally working AT home!!! I've been a stay at home mom since Ben was born and then homeschooled. Actually, I'm retired and this is what I get to do for fun!!!! Since my schedule is flexible I can get things done around the weather. I refuse to cut wet grass, or cut when I have to wear a parka! I want sunshine and roses if I'm out there working...otherwise I'll stay in and work.
Last Thursday the weather was cooperative and I had the time, so I cut the grass for the first time this season. That night, I laid down and said to The Hired Hand...."let the races begin!"
I reached the bottom tier of hay last week....and in my procrastinating, ever optimistic self, I hesitated to get more. Of course the wet ground had nothing to do with that hesitation!
With great joy, the Hayman cometh yesterday with 30 bales to get us through until it's Grass Season....in case you were wondering....it is currently Mud Season!
I'm feeling like the winds are shifting.....like Bert would say,
Us artsy kind are a constant evolving sort of being. We can never sit in one place for too long or do one thing forever. We become restless. Restless in a good way. But nonetheless, RESTLESS.
" I believe the ability to perceive Beauty brings inner peace and clarity. BEAUTY, TRUTH AND GOODNESS are ONE. Creation is possible when that inner peace is attained."
I love this quote! We've all known people...and some of us have been people...who can never find inner peace. Can never find beauty. Can never find joy.
1. feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness.
When I coined the phrase Joyful Journey (not to mean that it's never been used before...just that it came to me as I was in the act of being joyful as I was living life), it never dawned on me that my journey was about to take a left hand turn! A sharp 90 degree turn. Which would set my feet on a different course.
I never thought that art would bring me to such a peaceful, serene, joyful place. It's not just an act of creating for me, it's a total act of worship. I've got music playing on Pandora (right now I'm listening to All Sons & Daughters) and I'm being inspired, deep within my soul by another great artist. And that's when the magic for me begins. I feel it so deeply. The peace within my soul just bubbles up and I can't contain it.
It cries out for a place to be free. A place where there is no condemnation, no judgement. A place to grow and expand. A place where God is alive in my paintbrush. Where I've found more peace with Him in the past 6 months then in the last 6 years. A place where I can try to reveal His beauty in the creation that is all around me. A place where I have found peace and healing and JOY...right here on the farm....living and keeping pace with the seasons of life.
Yesterday, I was inspired by the work of Trent Gudmundsen. I'm a student learning from the best. I am trying to study their technique and the light all the while developing my own style.
This was the last gesso board I had on hand....and I'd added extra gesso to texture it for another project....but I couldn't keep from painting this.
I enjoy painting with Acrylics...whoever knew they were for more then wooden crafts and sweatshirts!!! I love them because you can layer them to cover your mistakes. Layer upon Layer it's being transformed into a work of art. Just as we are being transformed.
Can you see the change I made to her neck.
I am so totally in love with this painting. I've called it Joy at the Brook.
Are you on a journey to find peace? Have you found the path that God is leading you down?
I find it interesting that Journey is both a noun and a verb! Very interesting. Joyful is an adjective. A Joyful Journey is not always in motion.....there are times when it's learning to just be a place.
I think when we can finally stop striving and struggling to "make" peace and serenity happen, it just does. It's truly a good place and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Scripture tells us it's an indescribable joy...OH YES it is!!!