A Workshop Series: Cancelled

I was still revved up on the holiday hype when I planned to proceed with a series of workshops in the new year. I planned all the curriculum, got the feedback I needed, and scheduled four virtual drawing classes.

Isn't it funny how plans go one way, but maybe God leads you another...?

I didn't get the interest in the classes that I was hoping for (bummer!), but on top of that, I heard in my heart that I ought to spend my Wednesday evenings a different way. Usually, I don't have to give up the things I want to do with art to make room for God, but I found that he was asking me to do just that.

I'm about to enter into several weeks of an in-depth Bible study of the books of Acts at my church. I've yet to attend, but I'm so hopeful for God to do something fresh in this new season. I will gladly set aside my hopes, dreams, and goals in art for the sake of knowing Christ deeper.

Philippians 3:8-10

"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness of God that depends on faith - that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,"

I'm not currently suffering for Christ, necessarily, but it might seem a foolish thing to not pursue my current vocation with more fervor. To that I say: I'm more than this title of "artist" - I'm a servant of Christ. My identity is first found in Him and nothing else matters. I will do whatever work is before me and be willing to turn to the right or the left, depending on the way he leads me.

Here are some of the drawings I was going to use as examples during the drawing workshops. There were to be several sessions with different themes, and I was especially excited for the final theme, where we would draw from imagination. I'm sharing with you the cue-cards that you can print, cut-up, and use for inspiration, to draw your own quirky and whimsical characters. Enjoy!

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