I love details, tiny, little marks and textures and colors that are often easy to miss. Ink pens have always been a natural fit for me, and watching teensy lines and twirls spiral and dash out over my paper never ceases to thrill me. One of the things that I love about working with ink is that once a mark is made with a pen, there is nothing you can do to truly remove it, you just have to make it work. I see it as a metaphor for life: The choices we make, the words we say, the things we create, they all leave a permanent mark. We must be intentional, and when mistakes are made, we need to build off of them, create something because of them, and always grow something new out of the challenge. "Parts of the Whole" sparked immediate ideas. I view all of the details in life as parts of the "Whole." I wanted to focus on a few abstract concepts that are parts of the whole of life, such as "rainy days" and brokenness, and offer a different perspective, one that encourages others to "make what you have work." Bad days happen, hard seasons happen, things break and the mess of life sometimes feels overwhelming. But we can choose to find the Life, the Joy and the Beauty, regardless. I feel like I am trekking though a wilderness in this season of my life, and as I sought to remind others to Choose Joy, I reminded myself. Included along the bottom of my thoughts are texts from the Bible that relate to what I am trying to convey. I invite you to look them up and ponder with me the details that mark our lives. I hope that you will be encouraged. Thank you for taking a look at my sketchbook!
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