Sunday, August 28, 2011

morning gifts

The morning light is a tease~

Through a camera lens, if you look bit to the left or to the right, the value of light changes. Temperatures of the light will move up and down and the *lit-up moment* that you just encountered a minute ago will change instantly to flat and uninteresting.

It is a brilliant thing to capture the morning light.  Chasing the sun's early pinks and softest blues, and watching the streaks of gold run across the open fields.  It's like seeing a hint of heaven~

I love catching a bit of that *divine shimmer* that God leaves on the world as he makes all things new again~

"Oh Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you
as the day rises to meet the sun."
-common prayer

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I tried to sketch this changing light one morning~

I sat with our kitty.  She was sitting on a step outside watching the other morning teases ~ a cool breeze & the singing birds.  We sat in silence as her breathing became still and the light across her back changed from brilliant white gold to orangey-brown and into mud grey.

I haven't begun to figure out how to draw a cat.  I limit myself to simple shapes ~ a bit third grade, but it is okay, I am a beginner (no expectations - remember?)

I am more confident with a small sketch book after working in an art journal.  It is a perfect size.  It only takes a few moments to sketch what the squinting morning eye sees.

Quick pencil scratches, a few pen marks, brushes of soggy wet color and it is done.

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How does the morning light affect your creative life?  
Do the morning gifts sing to you, too?

Do you see the shimmers and try to find ways to capture the divine light in your art?

Praise be to God, who gives beauty for ashes : hope in the morning, strength for today~  amen. 

In His 
grace & peace,
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