Beginning in 1969, I have been blessed to be able to develop my skills as a Christian artist. Through the years, I have seen a certain pattern to my days. I build up my work, and then "Life" takes me away from making progress in my artwork and creativity. My work suffers from my absence, and I often have to leave some work undone, to start my career as an artist again.
This happened in the first year of marriage, when I married and moved hundreds of miles to live in the Dallas area. I was just beginning to get settled, when I was struck by severe illness. Not long after my health improved (had to stop working as a conservationist to gain my health again), I became pregnant and the years of being devoted to building and caring for our family took my time. We moved overseas and the second child was born soon after, in Saudi Arabia, so all the work on my photography and painting came to an almost complete halt.
As the children went off to school, my artwork began to be more focused toward praising God in Christ, empowered through the Holy Spirit. God placed caring, mentoring artists in my path. Over the years, He sent great opportunities to witness to other artists and to encourage them. Mentoring is my favorite part of serving God with my talents, and judging art shows and teaching offer great opportunities to do both. It seems that over this past several months, I have been moving in reverse, losing ground and connection with galleries and fellow artists in my region. From what I have seen, this is not accidental. Am I ready to trust in his care and head in a new direction?
God has shown me that he is ready for me to start a new project or two. Yes, I am being asked to take a good look at my work and lifestyle, to be ready to change so that I can become more physically active and healthier. Weak bones need strengthening, and weak muscles need toning. I plan to stretch more and to sketch more, as well as other art forms. It is a time to get busy and to focus.
You may be struggling to have time to create, and there are times when each artist needs encouragement to carry on. If you have been away from creating for weeks or months or years, your mind may have been storing up some creative ideas in that "off" time. Take a few moments and write a list of themes that you have considered more than once. Check your tools and materials, and add to your workspace if needed. Set an appointment in your calendar, then show up for a brief workout, the phone put away and the focus on creating a quick study. Doodle, hum, whistle, or strum. Play until the creative energies begin to flow.
It may take several short sessions before you get focused and productive. Seek out a mentoring artist, if you need help getting creative again. May God bless you as you work with tenacity and a seeking mindset, ready to serve as the artist that God meant for you to be!