Well yes and.....no. I did go to the water's edge and stand in awe at the glory of God's creation. It was my intention to be mindful of the sunrise, to see the colors, the shapes of the clouds, the movement of the water. I went there on purpose because I know I needed this nurturing.
I did chose the paints, matching them the best I could to the photograph I snapped of the amazing morning show. The image was pressed firmly in my mind's eye. I pulled out the canvas and foam brushes on purpose. I did intend to paint what I saw.
But, then, serendipity happened. The colors were accurate and they moved correctly when I brushed them slowly across the white board. I called on my tiny well of knowledge of contrast and focal point. My fingertips brushed the paint vigorously into the shadows and highlights. I was unsure but I knew when to stop. Stopping when the effect was right was the hardest part. I had to trust that inner voice.
When I look at this re-creation of God's work I simply must give him the credit. My purpose was to witness. His was to testify.
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