Friday, May 29, 2015

Doubting Like the Surf

Today is Five Minute Fridays so lets link up and write
So I write for Five minute, no edits, no re dos and at the end I will see if there are pictures from my week Instagram feed that match the words of this week.
Topic: Blue
I watch the blue waves crashing over the rocks. The noise blocks out all other sounds. The rhythm of it focuses my thoughts. And yet I don't want them to be focused to see the emotions that are riding just below the surface.
"But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind." James 1:6
It's there the doubt and fears. Picasso had his Blue Period, I have mine.
When I think he has nothing to say to me.
When I question His leading.
Then I feel it, like the waves tossed by the wind. I feel myself being rocked.
Tossed and driven
Like the starfish tossed on shore, just waiting for someone to throw it back in to the depth.
I wait like that lonely starfish for someone or something to come along. Because some days I don't have the strength to do it alone.
The doubts overwhelm.
The need for community is there to help us back into the smoothing depths of the ocean.
To peace and faith with out doubts.
One day a woman was walking along the beach upon which hundreds of starfish had been washed up and now lay stranded on the sand.
 As she continued walking, she noticed a young girl in the distance, picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
She approached the girl, and asked, “What are you doing?”
The girl replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. They need to be in the water, if I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“My daughter,” the woman said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
After listening politely, the girl bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.
 Then she looked up, smiled at the woman, and said:
“I made a difference to that one.”
Make a difference today.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paint Nite! Review

A few weeks ago  some girl friends and I headed to one of the popular wine and paint nights. To start with it was a lot fun just having a girls night and second it wasn't to bad painting either. 
I love art but painting has never been my strong skill. So starting the night staring at a blank canvas surrounded by people was pretty intimidating.
But the presenter started out the class with pretty easy set by set instructions. We first started by painting in the sky and water. Then a strip of white under the sky and water.

Then we moved on to yellow then orange. Any color out of the primary set we had to create from the five color options we were given. Which I thought was going to be an issue but turned out fine. Though I did use up every last bit of white I was given by the end.

After we had the base of sand, water and sky, we added some very light white washing to the canvas. I did a bit more than others since I knew I wanted mine to be slightly paler than the original. We also then added clouds. This is where I thought we could have used a bit more instructions.

The clouds were finished by adding some darker blue to the base of each cloud. Then we added a moon to the corner. The moon was tough but from a distance it looks fine. Then we started in on the silhouetted sea grass.

Lots of curved black lines and then a bunch to just fill in space and we were done. All that was left was the artist signature.
It's definitely not my best work but painting with friends is a lot of fun.

~ Cassi

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