When the basket passes by, I often wish I could give something other than money. Not that I always have that to give. We’ve been taught that, MORE than our money, God wants our Hearts. So I often imagine my own little self inside that basket, being whisked away for use in His Kingdom.
I don’t often talk about my faith straight on, here on this blog. This is purposeful, since I really want folks from all walks of life to find something here that encourages them, either in life, or in drawing, or both maybe. But I think it is universal to artists of all kinds to want to give in some way through their art, no matter what their faith background.
About fifteen years ago, I ravenously read through, studied, highlighted, underlined, absorbed, mulled over, ingested, and rejoiced in Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. The above affirmation was enlightening to me, for I had never really thought that my creativity could be a gift back to God, in gratitude for all that He has given me. You can find her 10 Basic Principles, of which the above is number 5, on page 3 of her book.
In a very real sense, this blog is the basket in which I place my drawings/paintings/writings and other various creative ventures. It is a very small way of putting my heart ALL IN with gratitude.
It is, quite literally, what I have to give, along with all the rest of who I am.