Surrendering to God does not mean I have given up. It only means that I am in need of His help because apart from Him I am bound to make decisions that is based from my own selfish desires and may lead to undesirable action. There is peace when we know that God is sovereign and He is using each of our situation for His greater glory and for our own sanctification. Praise Him in Christ Jesus!
I painted this rose from life, following its edges and allowing the brush to dance and sway to create the petals. I darkened the colors as I go and work mostly wet on wet to achieve the soft edges and blending of colors. I enjoyed splashing different warm and cool colors across the background and sprinkling salt for textures.