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Art Brings Me Hope on My Journey
March
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Written by: journeyoncanvas

03/07/2021 5:58 AM

Most people are having a hard time with hope right now. It has been a long year. COVID has hurt us. We are separated from family and friends, finances are strained, and our freedoms are limited. A lot of what we hear around us speaks of more of the same: more masks, new variants, and a strained economy. April is usually a month that brings warm sun and hope for new life. With March upon us, we are all hesitant to have hope. Already, our hopes have been dashed again and again. It feels like this season will never end. How will we get through?

My constant, the thing that has gotten me through this far, is my creative process. It’s the one thing I have on my journey that’s always there for me. Even when I can’t go to a restaurant, see my family, or celebrate a holiday, I have a way to process my hopes, fears, and disappointments. Even when what I experience as I create is challenging, it’s still positive to have a way to make sense of things as I take the next step into tomorrow. Art making is my constant friend and companion.

Some might say that I have put my hopes in the wrong thing. How can creative process be my stabilizing force? It is through creative process that my spirituality speaks. Some meditate. Some pray. Some journal. Some study. I do these things, too. When I create, all I have put my hope in speaks. Art is not my God. Art is how I experience God. I have not turned my back on who I have always put my hope in. My spiritual experience is rooted in the constant, never ending voice I hear inside my heart and mind. God is still speaking. Jesus still guides me. What I hear spills forth on my canvas. What I hear is that this season will end, and hope is here. This canvas I just painted on promises that April showers will give way to a new season filled with hope. This is what I am sure of right now on my journey.

How will you get through? What do you have on your journey that you can rely on? Consider the power of the creative process to ground you and give you a way through these challenging times. How can art-making help you make sense of things as you take the next step into tomorrow? How can creative process lead you on your journey and bring you hope despite uncertain times? I challenge you to find an answer to these questions and then share what you discover with others. Creative process is a gift that can be shared and encouraged. Find yourself an expressive voice and then help others find theirs. Let your art speak.

April Showers, 2021
April Showers, 2021

Art Brings Me Hope on My Journey


Most people are having a hard time with hope right now. It has been a long year. COVID has hurt us. We are separated from family and friends, finances are strained, and our freedoms are limited. A lot of what we hear around us speaks of more of the same: more masks, new variants, and a strained economy. April is usually a month that brings warm sun and hope for new life. With March upon us, we are all hesitant to have hope. Already, our hopes have been dashed again and again. It feels like this season will never end. How will we get through?

My constant, the thing that has gotten me through this far, is my creative process. It’s the one thing I have on my journey that’s always there for me. Even when I can’t go to a restaurant, see my family, or celebrate a holiday, I have a way to process my hopes, fears, and disappointments. Even when what I experience as I create is challenging, it’s still positive to have a way to make sense of things as I take the next step into tomorrow. Art making is my constant friend and companion.

Some might say that I have put my hopes in the wrong thing. How can creative process be my stabilizing force? It is through creative process that my spirituality speaks. Some meditate. Some pray. Some journal. Some study. I do these things, too. When I create, all I have put my hope in speaks. Art is not my God. Art is how I experience God. I have not turned my back on who I have always put my hope in. My spiritual experience is rooted in the constant, never ending voice I hear inside my heart and mind. God is still speaking. Jesus still guides me. What I hear spills forth on my canvas. What I hear is that this season will end, and hope is here. This canvas I just painted on promises that April showers will give way to a new season filled with hope. This is what I am sure of right now on my journey.

How will you get through? What do you have on your journey that you can rely on? Consider the power of the creative process to ground you and give you a way through these challenging times. How can art-making help you make sense of things as you take the next step into tomorrow? How can creative process lead you on your journey and bring you hope despite uncertain times? I challenge you to find an answer to these questions and then share what you discover with others. Creative process is a gift that can be shared and encouraged. Find yourself an expressive voice and then help others find theirs. Let your art speak.

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