Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear ... look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.. are you not much more valuable then they? ... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.. each day has enough trouble of its own.
- Matthew 6:25-34
In our art class this past week, we started painting bird nests. I wanted to challenge us with just having some soft, washy colors for the background. I started my piece by first sketching loosely the bird's nest and eggs. Next, I masked off some white highlights and the eggs to keep them from getting messy. Now the fun part begins of painting in the background.
This imagery of eggs in a nest reminded me of some magnets I used to make with the bible verse, Mt: 6:25-27 on them. I saved one for myself ...
We mammas do get to worrying, don't we? If it's not about all that we have to take care of, it is often over our kiddos. When raising children, I find that nothing is more true then the old adage, "Do your best and leave the rest." Relinquishing control to our heavenly father is something I'm working on daily. Especially this year, resting and trusting are big themes for Daniel and I as we have a high school senior ready to "leave the nest." Hoping these sweet words taken from Matthew 6:25 - 34 will be a good reminder that God is taking care of us AND our children, whatever stage we are in ... all of his little birdies!
Next step was to put in some browns and warm tones for the sticks. Birds build messy, creative nests all around my house each spring in my garage, in my window boxes and on my back porch, so I actually have a few abandoned nests laying around that I can look at!
After I scanned in the piece, I color-corrected it in Photoshop to look as much like the original as possible, then took it in to Adobe Illustrator to over-lay the Bible verse type over top.
Excited to say that I've been invited to sell some pieces for Mother's Day at our local hallmark store. This piece and others will be for sale next Saturday, May 12th at the Oviedo mall's Hallmark store from 10am to 4:00pm. If you have not been to our mall's Hallmark store recently, you should check it out! Much has changed as they now offer some great lines of gifts and even some fun, funky jewelry. Come visit with me, see some new inspirational pieces and get a few unique gifts for yourself or your mom!
I'll be getting these printed soon and selling them as 5X7" cards, 8X10 and 11X14" prints at the event.
What verses or imagery help you to quiet your mind and still your spirit?
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