This photo-transfer watercolor image was an evolution.
Wilderness is the first piece in a direction I've been following since my time at the artist residency in Paonia, Colorado. In this piece come together both my photo transfer technique, as well as my abstract watercolor. Previously using acrylic paints for this type of work, the watercolors allow for a more layered translucent effect that draws the viewer in to the painting.
"Wilderness" 18x14 Abstract Watercolor & Photo Transfer : original is $270 shipped anywhere in the US.
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Fellow Artist Jutta Rineberg was with me while I finished stages 3 and 4 of this piece, removing the final pieces of photo paper when suddenly big pieces began pulling up that were intended to remain. She suggested the abstract foliage, and the reflection technique I ended using. In the end, because of the trouble I had the piece came out better than I envisioned. I feel like this is also a larger metaphor I've learned to be true in life, as well.
The photograph used was taken of the Aspen trees in Bridgeport, California.
Seems like only a short while ago I was capturing this lovely mama's maternity session. Now I got to meet their new little guy, Luke. Just days old this little infant was a pro at letting me capture him. He's beyond adorable and is so loved by his family - parents and their fuzzy buddy Sprocket. Such a joy to know and photograph this growing family!
Saturday was a complete and utter gift. It was our third Art & Prayer Workshop, and although I'm no longer surprised in the ways Jesus often shows up and works in our lives during this experience, it's always a surprise to see where and how he works.
Feeling a bit in the groove of the timing of the day (and no longer feeling the neurotic need to keep checking the time to make sure we're "right on it," whatever that even meant) I was able to sink into the experiential space, to process my own feelings surfacing through this visual and Scriptural process.
Sitting on the pebbled front porch of the home we met in, with my Prismacolor markers and a technicolor rainbow pencil, over and over I heard with great comfort: "Trust the process." It's a message close to my heart these past years, and in this moment it not only applied to the process I was facilitating for those who attended the workshop, but also in my own life. As I sat with it a deeper meaning emerged.
I'm invited to trust the process not only in the workshop, in my journey with Jesus -- but in the details, too. Trust the process in my health, in my finances, in my vocation. Trust the process. Just show up, and let Jesus do his thing. It's not a recipe for success, but a relinquishment of the control I fool myself into thinking I have. I can't guarantee the outcome, I can only respond to the invitation. And that's a really uncomfortable thought for me. I love control. It tastes and feels so good at times. But there's no adventure, no risk, no freedom ... no life in security and control.
I walk from this workshop with a beautiful reminder to trust, to go out, to speak forth ... and watch what happens. Like a seed underground, I can only plant it there. I cannot make it grow. I can participate, but I cannot control.
Jesus, have mercy.