Every January for the last several years I have painted 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Prior to 2018 those paintings have always been intuitive paintings on Yupo paper with acrylic ink and acrylic paint. But this year I had to continue what I began at the end of 2017. I had begun pouring paint onto canvases. I had entered the world of acrylic pours. I had to admit I was hookedI I LOVED watching the paint pour onto the canvas. As the paint slowly covered the surface of the canvas it gave life to new, beautiful images. It was my task to "see" the seed of those images in the wet paint and later give them further clarity once the poured paint had dried.
This process of mixing the paint, pouring the paint, manipulating it a bit while it was wet, seeing an image and then painting in the details of the image once it dried, had become my daily creative process since January 1, 2018. I'm now on day 29 and I have a substantial body of work that has been birthed in an atmosphere of worship and prayer. I've had faith to believe that each time I poured paint onto the canvas, God would show me an image. He has been faithful. I have seen images emerge every time I poured. Some of these images were extraordinary, some were ordinary. All of them taught me about the process of God's pouring His love onto the canvas of our lives.
Just as in the process of an acrylic pour, the beginning of a poured out canvas, looks very different than the finished piece, so our lives look very different now than they did when we were first born. Siblings born into the same family will each have their unique personalities and giftings, no two will be alike. So it is with an acrylic pour. The same colors can be used for two paintings but those two paintings will come out completely different. Any slight variation in the amount of paint or the tilt of the canvas creates a whole new image. There are times during the process of the pour that the canvas looks like a mess... just a bunch of paint on the canvas. But God, but the artist, can bring out something beautiful and unique from that "mess". Our job, as the canvas, is to be patient when we don't see what God is doing. A poured canvas needs time to dry before the artist can further define the seeds of the image. As children of God, we need patience and faith that the good work that God began in us will be brought to completion.
He will use all things in your life for good. Nothing is ever wasted. Trust the process of waiting. His timing is perfect. Don't be afraid of the unknown. Let go and let God refine and define you. You are in good hands. You are that prophetic pour in the hands of the Master Artist.
"A Rose For My Lady", 16"x20", Acrylic on Stretched canvas