Today was a series of exchanges and conversations.
Late last night, I loaded up my artwork and joined today, the morning marketers of creations, all of us gathered on the lawn.
Tell your story. Sing your song.
Questions came with interest, with pause and silent studious stares from steps back as if my paintings displayed against an ivy covered oak were as grand as a gallery opening, big city style, formal and fancy.
Ooh’s and Ah’s.
How did you get started?
What are you writing?
What have you written?
Will you write a book?
Why do you think artists love to paint the pear, most of all?
“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.”
Psalm 66:16 NIV
I sat with a woman visiting a friend and we compared most everything, why the work we do is “heart work”, that church people can be mean
and that we do find God when we look for Him and then we share what little or large we really know, the God we truly know.
In the sanctuary or on the square.
Why do some angels have faces and others just an idea or sort of blank slate?
When did you begin painting and why do you call them girls?
And they listened, a mother and a daughter, a widow and an old friend.
My daughter and her husband gave me a Bible with wide margins. I began sketching female figures in long flowing gowns as I let sink in the truth or the grace of each passage until the “girls” moved from the thin sheets in my Bible to canvas layered with lyrics.
The ones with no features leave open the idea, more relatable, emoting grace or joy or what each eye may see for itself.
I call them girls because I consider them sweet, humble, and I guess eternal, ever youths.
“Thank you for telling me your story.” she said, the one who didn’t buy my art; but, declared me an artist.
And I smiled.
I smiled today.