I was asked to paint live during an event at First Congregational church in Bellevue this past Friday. The commission was for me

Live Painting

to paint an abstraction of the event as it was happening. Here is the thing about devotion and spirituality: we most times get them wrong. Giving is receiving and knowing that life is not what happens to you but how you react to it is where faith comes in. Having the inner strength to face your demons and admit to your self that you are beautifully flawed is no easy task. Once you can do it though it is liberating. Once you accept your shortcomings you can start working on forgiving your self, and in doing so you forgive others and you transcend. I was not at ease while painting. I was situated at the alter with my back to a huge audience watching me paint and go through this. See, here is the thing about artists; we get weird when we paint and self conscious, it isn’t easy to be watched while your brain is working so fast in multiple directions and your emotions are pulling all the strings. I was thinking about the timing the event started at 7 and it finishes at 10. I had to time my work to be done at 10. This is where the challenge was because I didn’t prepare and couldn’t prepare for it since it had to be a reflection of the events spirit as  it happened. All in all I would repeat it 100 times over. Yay to live painting

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