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What I Learned From Painting With A Twist

October 22, 2014 4 comments

Evidently, it’s “what I learned” week.  Yesterday, was what I learned from being sick.  Today, it’s from Painting With A Twist.

My department at work it part of a larger Operations unit of a division of our company.  Our Operations unit is beginning to stretch its wings a bit.  One of the things we are trying to do is have a quarterly outing.  Yesterday was our first one and we went to Painting With A Twist.

Painting With A Twist is a company that teaches you how to paint.  All of us gathered together and painted the same basic picture.  By the same basic picture I mean that every one turned out different, even though we were being taught by the same teacher and had the same model picture to go.

I have to admit that at first I was a bit dubious.  This type of thing is not in my wheelhouse.  In fact, I sincerely doubt I will ever try this experience again.  That being said, there were some learning moments for all of us as wet painted our picture over the course of two or three hours.

One, as I alluded to, is that we all have different perspectives.  Each of us looked at a picture and then painted our own best version of it.  Some were good and some were better.  They were all different.  It reinforced the idea that we all need to give each other individual space to approach projects our own way.

Two is that we followed a process.  My picture was of a tree at night lit by a full moon.  We began by painting the moon, then the sky surrounding it.  From there we completed the moon.  I painted a rock that turned out to look like a cliff with a tree coming out.  Step by step, the picture grew until it was completed.  It reinforced, with me at least, the need to develop and follow some processes in order to succeed.

The third thing I learned is that I need to be open to some uncomfortable situations.  We all like our routines and comfort.  However, to grow, we need to force ourselves into some situations that we normally wouldn’t choose.  There is no way I would have ever chosen, on my own, to attend this event.

The final thing is that we need to do some things that open up different sides of our brain.  We ought to see ways to be creative that aren’t in our wheelhouse.  I love working with words.  Art is not my favorite thing in the world.  How much better off will be having gone through this experience?

So, now I have a painting in my house that I have no idea what to do with.  I suppose I can put in the closet and pull it out every so often as a conversation piece.  It will remind of all of these lessons whenever I do.

Have you ever done something like Painting With A Twist?  When was the last time you intentionally put yourself in an uncomfortable situation?

And A Painter Paints

February 27, 2014 4 comments

It is early morning as I write this.  I’ve been up for a while now, but the sun has yet to come up over the mountain, nor shine through the back windows of our home.

Everyone else is still asleep.  It’s our day off, though Lauren has to go to her part-time job a little later today.  I got up at the same time as any other normal day.  I tell people this sometimes and they shake their heads.  They don’t understand, and truth be told, I don’t fully understand it either.

For one thing, I wake up at the same time everyday.  Once I do, I can’t go back to sleep.  My mind begins to move, to work.  I think about everything I want to do, everything I want to write.

The question, if I wanted to ask it, might be what makes a writer write.  What makes someone want to do this so much that they would rather put their fingers to the keyboard more than almost anything else, definitely more than sleep.

What makes a writer write?  Or a painter paint?  A musician to play?  I think that is the common thread with artists and creatives.  There is something deep within them that causes them to want to produce their work more than almost anything else.  They feel more alive when they are creating their art than when they are doing almost anything else.

I’ll let you in on something.  When I do this, when I get up early before anyone else, when it’s just my keyboard and me, there is another important element that joins me.  It’s the Lord.  This becomes an act of worship that is difficult to describe to anyone who doesn’t experience something similar.

The painter understands.  The musician gets it.  I even know some deer hunters that empathize with what I am describing.  When a person practices the craft they are called to do, they feel as alive as they ever have in the midst of producing their art.

Maybe you get it.  You’re a gardener.  Digging in the earth releases something deep within in you, an act of worship that is as powerful as any other act of holiness of which you are a part.

You like to fly fish?  You practice your cast over and over.  You can instinctively see the deep pools where the trout hides waiting for your fly to strike.  And when you catch your day’s limit of fish, you bless the Lord for what He has given.

I don’t know what you are called to do.  I just believe that there is something that summons you, something so strong you will neglect, no have to neglect, many other things just so that you can do it.  So that you can worship in your own unique way before the Lord.

I encourage you to find it.  You may have to throw a lot of spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks.  Once you do you will wonder how you ever were able to get by without it.  That’s why I get up early to write.

And a painter paints.

What makes you feel alive more than anything?

Planking For Jesus

October 11, 2011 3 comments

As you can see, I’m planking in the above picture.  I’ll be honest.  I did not quite understand what planking was when I first heard the term.  I actually believed it to be something risqué’.   Fortunately it isn’t and I can at least do it with a clear conscience.

What you can’t really see in the picture are my children hiding in embarrassment behind a sign to your left.  We were at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach last week while on vacation.  What you also cannot see are the people in the background looking at me like I’m a loon or something.  Oh well.

I planned to plank and planned to blog about it, but I just didn’t know what I was going to write. That’s a terrible place to be as a blogger, but at least I’ve had time to figure it out.  So,  here goes.

One of the things I’ve wondered is how can I redeem this fad to the Lord.  I mean, the Bible says that whatever we do in word or deed, to do it as to the Lord.  So, how can I do that?  How can you plank for Jesus?  I mean, do you plank until someone comes up and asks you what you are doing?  Do you tell them that you have been waiting on them so that you can share the gospel with them?  Will that make them think you’re even crazier than those folks thought I was?  Can you really plank for the sake of Christ?

But that is really not the main point I want to make about planking.  That is probably not even the best use of planking.

Planking is silly, isn’t it?  Who is really going to lie face down waiting on someone to show up and talk to them so that they can talk about Christ?  Very few people at all and, chances are, it really won’t have a huge impact on people.  But how many silly things do we do?  Playing dominoes or Yahtzee or planking or golf or football.  All of it, in the grand scheme of things, is silly.  But silly is a part of our lives.  And all of that should be done as to the Lord.  I could spell it out for you on how to do that, but that would just be how I would do it for Him.  I’ll let you figure out how you would do it for Christ.

So, I encourage you to plank for Jesus.  Or domino.  Or sing.  Or paint.  Play Yahtzee.  Pitch horseshoes.  Whatever.  Do it as though you are doing it for the Lord.

What silly things do you do?  Have you ever though about how you would do them for the Lord?