Most of my artwork “comes” to me. It begins with the tiniest thought. Such a whisper on the wind is creativity. I can best relate the feeling by this allegory. Once, I stood on top of a bench in the Swiss Alps, above the town of Interlaken. As I looked down at the darling houses that speckled the snow covered hills, I noticed a cloud swiftly gliding up the side of the mountain towards me. I smiled, playfully, as the cloud drifted right up, over, around and through me. It was the most miraculous feeling. It took my breath away. The little droplets of moisture in the cloud kissing my face as it flowed. I have nothing but the fleeting memory of such a beautiful moment. However, I will never forget its sweetest touch.
For me, this is how being a “maker” works. It starts like fluffy white clouds floating towards you.You start to feel a childlike glee at the possibility heading in your direction. You think on it, let it land and float around you. Swallowing up in the moment. When the heady rush is gone, you get to work. When the product is complete, you stand back in awe of what has been made, through your hands. Not for or because of you. For you my friend are but a vessel taking whispers of creation in to your heart and then hoping to make something of them.
Sometimes, my work comes from sources that are not my own at all. The gossamer wings of hopeful creation lands on another, who may feel they lack the ability (practice or knowhow) to be the creator of the whisper. This is where my newest watercolor painting originates. With another, bringing an idea and asking, please make this for me. I am always awed and grateful to have someone believe in me enough to be the hands for their creative seed. It is a gift to my sensitivities. For it is through creating, that I find the kindly light of peace in a tousled mind.
So today, I present to you the digital image created for Natalie Murdock. It’s design is of her mind and spirit. She was inspired by a moving speech given about mothers in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints October Women’s Conference. Elder Eyring had quoted the beloved Prophet President Nielson, by stating how mothers are makers. I want to share this art with the world. You may purchase yours here.
Though the original will never be anyone’s other than it’s vessel. It’s message is beautiful, unique and touching. It relays how so many of us feel about our own mothers. We are masterpieces of their internal and spiritual design. This whole process has been a gift from the Highest Power of Creation.
I truly treasure the ability to feel at a depth and breath that I believe is a gift from God. I know that this process I speak of, is directly connected to all the wonderment He offers. It is almost otherworldly to work within His light. I believe all creation is of Him. To Him goes the truest credit.