My Grandmother used to take my sister and I to the Nutcracker Suite every Christmas once we were teenagers. Before that, we went to musicals like Music Man, The King and I, Brigadoon, The Wizard of Oz, Little Women and various other classic musicals and plays. They were great. How I lived that! Most were performed by high schools. As a grown up, I have kept that love alive by attending The Nutcracker Suite every year. (And I keep an eye out for other local musicals.) It reminds me of her and oh how I loved her! So tonight, some good friends and we went to see The Nutcracker Suite. It was a hike to see it in an outdoor amphitheater the other side of Orlando, and we were late from traffic and could barely see and it was poorly done with bad sound, but it was fun and festive and still reminded me of her. I loved it! I recommend supporting the arts. What a beautiful way to support artistry that God places in some people. And it is so n important for us to pass on the classics to our kids, where the good guys win. It is most lifelike. 😄❤
When I was younger, the Lord, art, and nature were my great passions. Not much has changed except that awkward 20-year phase where men snuck into that mix. I love my family now, adore my children, but more rare-for-this-season moments of passion still center around the Lord, art, nature and music.
I love playing the piano. To me, piano playing is my strongest outlet of all these passions. When I play, no matter what it is, it somehow takes me outside to nature in my mind and soul. It is an expression of art and a release of passion welling up. And of course the ability to play well and with this passion is without question a generous gift from God. He saw fit to put the piano into my dna.
I hear nonsense that anyone can learn to play the piano passionately. Anyone can learn to push the keys down, can learn timbre, methods, theory, timing, sustain pedal, etc. Yes, you can diligently study those things and apply them with professionalism. But the passion part, the art, the creativity, the mastery can only happen with God’s touch. There is no doubt in my mind.
Any craftsman and amazing artist is inspired by God, gifted by Him. This is true for any craft.
Because God is the ultimate Master of every craft.❤
Just to show the finished product from a previous post. Have fun, everyone!❤
Wanna kill about 6 hours? Lol Seriously, my daughter and I spent about 6 hours total (2 Saturday and 4 today) working on these two crafts. The penguin family still needs their wings and feet glued on, but their houses are adorable. (The craft is from Youtube and the houses are plastic bottles.) And we had some good learning and bonding time. God is very good and we have a lovely Christmas memory. Oh how we love celebrating Jesus’ birthday!!❤❤❤
God bleased us with a sweet little tetra fiah baby in our fish tank. What a blessing! The newest member of our family is so teeny tiny, the perfect miniature of her momma. And I was struck again with amazement at our incredible Creator and the fact that the greatest artists can produce a detailed miniature. The hand has to be steadier, the paint perfect, the design delicate, eyesight meticulous, etc. And here is our new baby fish, the perfect artpiece. And I praise God, Master Artist!❤❤❤
Today we combine three of my favorite things… art, children and a party. What is better than that? We will honor my daughter’s anniversary of her birth with little friends and art and a good time. How magnificent! I really believe these are also some of God’s favorite things. I don’t believe he made us to be unhappy and alone. So the fun party goes right along with His intentions for us. We hj on or Him and His design together. And art, God is the ultimate master of. He obviously appreciates diversity, color, uniqueness, textures, all things gloriously beautiful. So obviously art is a celebration of His endless skills and He enjoys it. And of course His heart is children. They are the perpetuation of His creation. They are unique masterpieces of His design and vulnerable so He loves them dearly. So we celebrate our Maker today as we celebrate things He loves and designed so perfectly. This is a beautiful day. Yay!!!!😄❤
To my enormous pleasure, Polk Museum of Art now offers free admission to everyone all the time. Super excited as the museum is across from the library we frequent. And we are super excited to have access without yet another financial drain. Praise God for such blessings! We will go often and I will get back to my oil painting I have missed so much. Yay!!!!❤