Monday, January 25, 2016

For Glory and for Beauty

For Glory and for Beauty
One thing that I really love about Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge is that it often calls me to not only practice my craft, but also deepen my reason and appreciation for what I am doing. 

I have said before that I would not paint if I didn't have something I needed to say. I am actually not sure if that is true. I still created artwork during the days that I had 'put it aside' for other things, but then it was purely for the enjoyment of it, I think. 

But when I am painting much more often - especially when I paint every day - I find the need to replenish the well of creativity, so to speak. The daily practice is essential, and fun, and important, but the need for depth becomes insistent. And I love it!
10 x 10 acrylic on watercolor paper

Again today I was reading the Biblical instructions to the ancient Israelites for building the Tabernacle and preparing the priests. I noticed the repeated use of the word 'skillful', and it reminds me that I need to keep working. I want to become skillful. 

Another thing I noticed that came up twice was the use of the phrase "for glory and for beauty" in the plans for the holy garments for the priesthood. Oh boy, did that phrase catch my listening ear! I love that my Heavenly Father uses skillful work for glory and beauty. How kind of HIM to give his creation (you and me) a share of HIS creativity!

Exodus 28:2 You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.

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