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Finding Fun in Painting and Haiku

Photo from Unsplash by Tim Artebury

This photo is exactly how I see myself — Maybe with a notebook on the side too. Photo by Tim Arterbury  on Unsplash

I am finding it encouraging to paint pictures and write Haiku

I love writing Haiku because my thoughts are short but go right to the heart of the matter.

My paintings are becoming looser as I let God help me relax and let the paint flow.

I have heard many people say they can’t paint but I love this quote:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent Willem van Gogh

Thrive

To write and to paint
Both help my life to flourish
No striving — living

Here are 5 paintings with Haiku

Hunger

Its flight path straight
The hummingbird heads with speed
Sweet nectar awaits

Hummingbird

Hummingbird Watercolour by Janis Cox

Freedom

Light and fanciful
Bobbing along and carefree
Delightful seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse Watercolour by Janis Cox

Alone

Orchid, strong perfect
Simplicity of design
Noble creation

Orchid

Orchid Watercolour by Janis Cox

Bloom

Arose from a hub
A cactus flower springs forth
Spring in the desert

Desert Cactus

Desert Cactus Watercolour by Janis Cox

Smile

Golden beauty glows
Nods its head to the daylight
A smiling sunflower

Sunflowers

Sunflowers Watercolour by Janis Cox

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What can I learn from a Saguaro Cactus?

33 Dots: If I can do it, so can you.

I’m continuing to use those 33 dots. I find my imagination is expanding and I am painting without the use of photos as ideas. Today I wasn’t sure … was it an animal again? But no, wait I see a saguaro cactus. So that’s what I drew.

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I use 33 randomly placed dots. Then I outline without going over or crossing a line. Then I figure out what it might be. Sometimes I will erase a line. Certainly I add more lines.

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You can see the dots and then I connected them.

When I went to draw it I eliminated some of the lines. And this is what I got.

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Thoughts on a cactus and scripture:

As I thought about the cacti here in Arizona I recall that they can last a long time without water. However, when it rains they soak it up. They get really fat. This will sustain them for long periods of drought.

When we get into a dry spot (sickness, worry, fear, etc.) we will have enough of God’s water to sustain us.

This reminded me of the filling up of the stores from God’s Word. From 1 Timothy 6:19 in The Message.

“Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” (my bolding)

Sometimes these cacti grow to be 40 feet tall. Their lifespan can exceed 150 years. Harming a saguaro in any manner is against the law in Arizona.

I want to grow tall in the Lord. I want to be filled up with all the nourishment I need for the dry spells.

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Here is my final picture of the cactus.

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