Friday, September 20, 2013

Sowing & Reaping

Sometimes it is difficult to wait for see the results and outcome of a project, be it a garden, a painting, a diet, remodeling, or our time invested for the Lord's work.

Within each piece of personal art I share with you there are many processes:

  • Brain time (coming up with the concept).  
  • Sketching & planning
  • Coloring -  the make-it or break-it part - also the most 'dangerous'...because in watercolor, charcoal, pastels and colored pencil, a lovely drawing can be quite easily ruined.  (in acrylics or oils sometimes a mistake can be corrected)  Now in digital art (computer)  the original can be preserved and easily reworked.  Although I have lost work on the computer too.
  • Critiquing & Finishing touches
  • The Reveal:  the finished work.
There can be great frustration as well as great satisfaction in the whole process.  But unless time is put into the project....nothing will be accomplished or completed.

It's a simple formula:   0 time + 0 effort = Nothing Sown.   Nothing sown is always nothing reaped, whether personal, business or for God. If we do nothing for the Lord, we will not reap bountifully for him.

Sowing is labor, sometimes painful, but the reward is joy.  Psalm 126:6 states, "He that goeth forth and weepeth bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."

Sow today what you desire to reap tomorrow, and may your harvest be bountiful.
Illustration Notes:  The above is a photograph I took of my flowers.  The purpose of this final product was two-fold.  I wanted to try and learn more of the features in my Photoshop computer software.  And second, I wanted to see if I could make this photo look like an oil painting.   It took about an hour, (adding a canvas texture, some filters, and effects and finally some touchups.)  

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