Life is Like Art

20160204_121912_resizedI’ve always enjoyed art. Paint­ing, sewing and craft­ing have been some of my favorite pas­times. I love to cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful and won­drous out of the ordi­nary.

Not that all art is pleas­ant to look at. I once went to a World War 2 remem­brance art show. Wow! Tough stuff to look at. Heart wrench­ing and ago­niz­ing. But then there are the abstract col­lec­tions that are just over the top weird. The spec­trum in the art world is quite var­ied.

You can go to an art class where a room full of peo­ple are all paint­ing the same sub­ject. They all have the same paints, sim­i­lar can­vas­es and same teacher. Yet, all the paint­ings are dis­tinct­ly dif­fer­ent. The vari­ety in the world of art is huge.

Life is full of vari­a­tions and dif­fer­ences but that’s not why art is like life.

God makes this life like art. He gives you the size and shape of your can­vas and the paints in your palet­te. It’s up to you to make a beau­ti­ful paint­ing out of what you’ve been given.  Some of us have big­ger can­vass­es than oth­ers. Some palettes are full of mul­ti hues of blue and orange while oth­ers have lots of grey and white. Every­one has a dif­fer­ent part of the rain­bow in their palet­te. We each have dif­fer­ent strengths and weak­ness­es. Abil­i­ties and tal­ents vary from per­son to per­son. Life expe­ri­ence and deci­sions made will dic­tate what one’s can­vas looks like.

My can­vas is lit­tered with a pletho­ra of pur­ples and blues. I like those col­ors and chose them over oth­ers most of the time. I like to talk and write, prefer­ably not at the same time. I paint with big sweep­ing motions and I smile a lot! I’m sure if you asked those clos­est to me they would point out oth­er aspects of my can­vas but those are the ones that jump out at me.

So the ques­tion is, what kind of paint­ing are you cre­at­ing with your can­vas?

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