Tuesday, February 21, 2012


When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say "I've used everything you gave me". ~ Erma Bombeck

God does not hide our talents. He expects us to uncover what he has given us....and use them. I have discovered that talents usually end up becoming our PASSIONS.
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Passions can be reading, writing, running, cooking, or sewing. Passions can be singing, dancing, photographpy, playing a musical instrument, hunting, gardening, or playing a sport. Passions can be anything that makes you yearn for knowing and doing. A passion is an emotion! ...a feeling, a desire. You can be passionate for something for a season, or a lifetime......and as you pursue your passions, you realize that God has shown you a talent/s.....one's that you never realized you had. God's WORD, concerning talents, is very clear.
The following mini-sermon describes exactly what I mean~

Carol Nelms has been my art teacher for the last 6 years. She is not only a teacher/mentor/friend, she is a fabulous, understanding, encouraging, talented instructor. Carol has the patience of Job. She knows how to bring out the best in all of her students. She works individually with each of her 30+ students (teaching 5 sessions/week). Some students have studied with her for 15 years, some for 3 months. Some students paint with water colors, some with acrylics, some with oils. Everyone of her students have one thing in common..... A PASSION TO LEARN

      (This was my first painting.)
Did you know that snow is not white? and the sky is not just blue. Mountains are not all green, and water is not always blue. As an artist, you have the priviledge of making it anything your little heart  desires! Water can be thalo green, trees can be burnt umber, skies can be a mixture of alizarin crimson, yellow ocher, ultramarine blue.... any color that is pleasing to you!  The artists' palette of colors is limitless.  Just like the imigination, tubes of paint can be mixed together to create endless hues, values, intensity, tints, shades.

Taking art lessons has taught me so much more than just applying paint to my brush from palette to canvas.

Things I have learned from my paint brush:
On every surface you are used, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to paint.
You can always correct the mistakes you make.
You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.
The most important part of of you will always be what's on the inside of your master.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

Whether you are a painter, a blogger, a poet, a runner, a baker, or candlestick maker........learning to think "outside the box" and using your imagination are key elements to developing your talents!  I suggest reading THIS BOOK"By capturing the very essence of Da Vinci's life and genius...Michael Gelb guides us in a discovery and understanding of the boundlessness of our own full human potential."

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
                                                   Albert Einstein


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