Having finished my smaller project, I moved back to the big one: life size Nativity painting. After a few days I finally had the right paints to work on Mary's face, and what a relief! It's been hard to look at the ghostly figures and wonder if I have what it takes to work on this scene. I'm trying to use my God given talent in the right place. I'm feeling a little better about it now.
I studied dozens of other people's photos and paintings for inspiration, but the one I refer to most is the one a friend took of my husband and me when we played Joseph and Mary in a live Nativity a few years back. It was a very special experience for us, one we'll be reviving next month.
Our small group tonight was talking about different ways we could spend in prayer this week. I didn't think of it then, but I know this painting will be a meditation for me. Time spent with God. Of course that will be a lot easier if there aren't four kids playing Wii Ski! behind me.