|"I've Got Sunshine," mixed-media on canvas. (Acrylic, watercolor and graphite with |
hand-painted papers, decorative papers, and vintage notebook paper, all hand-cut and assembled.)
|I drew the clouds and cut them from watercolor paper I had stained|
with coffee, tea and paint and etched with a needle and craft knife while still wet.
|The German phrases translate, "It is cloudy" and "You are my sunshine."|
|The final result is quirky, imperfect and deliciously grungy--|
with a radiant, childlike joy that shines more brightly, I think, because of the mess!
I woke up this morning in a panic because I thought I had overslept. The sun was so bright--brighter than it's been in months! But no, it was only 6:45; an early start to a gloriously beautiful day in Hamburg. We had NINE FULL HOURS of sunshine today! This makes me happy, makes me marvel (momentarily) that I could ever feel unhappy about anything!
Now that dusk has fallen, it's gloomily overcast and chilly again. Perhaps it's best, for now the mood better matches the sentiment of this mixed-media piece that I finished yesterday. See work-in-progress photos here. This is the second piece in a series--I'm starting work on the third tonight! See the first piece in the series here.
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Since I was up early enough that the girls were still sleeping, I took a few minutes for some reading in my favorite devotional, Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman. And guess what? Another cloud poem found me--another one (like the one I posted last week) about the Life that often comes to us, disguised as a cloud of suffering--it was such timely encouragement and goes so well with this painting that I just had to share it:
"Have you a cloud?
It is Jehovah's triumph car: in this
He's riding to you, o'er the wide abyss
It is the robe in which He wraps His form;
For He does dress Him with the flashing storm.
It is the veil in which He hides the light
Of His fair face, too dazzling for your sight.
God's coming in that cloud."
"God still has His secrets - hidden from 'the wise and learned' Luke 10:21). Do not fear these unknown things, but be content to accept the things you cannot understand and to wait patiently. In due time He will reveal the treasures of the unknown to you - the riches of the glory of the mystery. Recognize that the mystery is simply the veil covering God's face.
Do not be afraid to enter the cloud descending on your life, for God is in it. And the other side is radiant with His glory. 'Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the suffering of Christ' (1 Peter 4:12-13). When you feel the most forsaken and lonely, God is near. He is in the darkest cloud. Forge ahead into the darkness without flinching, knowing that under the shelter of the cloud, God is waiting for you."
(I couldn't remember what today's date was this morning, so this is actually an excerpt from the March 14 reading, page 113 of the updated version of Streams in the Desert.)
Sometimes just the right words of encouragement come at just the right time, don't they?
Praying you find the encouragement you need this weekend too,
Linking up with Studio JRU, Paint Party, and Faith Filled Friday