All but the outline of the yellow and the words some bigger none better need black paint after today. Maybe the end is in sight, maybe there will be more “touching up” than I anticipate but being this far on the mural I am in a state of awe. It is hard to believe this process, which began 2 years ago is nearing completion and yet I don’t feel like I’m that close to being done. I am in awe with how beautiful the weather has been and how the days available to work have fit so perfectly into life. I cannot help but believe and know deep within me that this whole process has worked out exactly as it was supposed to. Nothing that looked like a hiccup from the outside was a snag or road block. The timing of every step of this process came at just the right moment in my life, personally, to teach or show me something. And as I shared with my parents and boys this evening, being in Henderson this many days in a row during harvest is something I haven’t experienced since I was in high school and it looks different through my current lens. I notice so much more like the color. There are familiar sounds and smells that make me smile or transport me to a memory. Then there is the crispness of the air each morning. And every day as I head back in to town to work, I get excited to see how much of the harvest has come in from the day before.
It reminds me that in the rhythm of our daily lives it is so easy to miss the moments or want to rush through them for the next thing. It is easy to miss the gifts, beauty, and joy. As an artist, I hope that when people look at the work I create, they experience something that causes them to stop, take in the moment, enjoy, smile, and leave a little bit different. Maybe they have a question or another has been resolved. Maybe they are challenged or just find themselves happier. I have no control over the response to the art, I can only make with my hands and trust with my heart that God will do His thing through each offering.
So today, I end another day with a little more to process mentally and so much more to be thankful for. I am different for having spent the past two weeks working in Henderson and we’ll see how much more the work spills in to the next week and what other things will be revealed.
Ann has worked as a professional artist since 2006. She currently works on her own studio artwork as well as large, commercial works and with other artists in any way she can.