One of my favorite watercolor techniques is the line and wash. It means using either ink, pen or even pencil to draw or sketch then overlay it with watercolor wash (diluted watercolor paint). I mostly sketch using a pen because I prefer the spontaneity of capturing what I see around me. This cactus painting was sketched from one of our newly bought cactus plant which sadly died a few days ago. It was a good thing I sketched it so I … Read More
Preserved 2 Too often I work things in my head before I even attempted anything. Because of that I tend to shrink away from the actual work that God has prepared for me to do. My role playing mind says: “Someone can do it better, there is nothing new in what I do, what can people learn from someone like me, i don’t have anything meaningful to say… bottomline is I am not good.” Maybe you can relate. I can … Read More
Despite the prickly appearance, cactus is beautiful. Somehow the cactus’ thorns reminded me of the armor of God. Ephesians 6:13-18 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all … Read More
It was a windy day when I sketched this almost bare tree. It was about to rain and the sky was gloomy. I sketched quickly feeling the wind on my face and hair. I like how the thin tree stood amidst the rocks and inches away from the boulder. It was a lovely sight as if they were communicating with each other. Psalm 61:1-3 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I … Read More
What are they thinking? What are they listening? Where are they going? What is their occupation? How are they feeling? One thing I know–I must not judge them by their appearance or invent stories about their lives because I don’t know who they are.
As I am being refined and renewed and sanctified, I find that I long all the more to dig deeper and deeper into who God created me to be. That means less of the looking around at what this world is up to but more onto His Word first so that I will be able to know the needs of others better. Similarly as I progress as an artist by His grace I want to hone the way I paint and … Read More