Learning Patience in Your Artwork

One of my favorite mediums is colored pencils. I like the different varieties such as oil-based or watercolor.

Currently, I am learning how to be more patient when using any medium. I often want to get to the final result quickly, but I am rapidly learning that I have to take the time to create layers for my designs.

I start by creating a sketch layer and sometimes I erase parts of those layers. Then, I add a base layer and then a layer for shadows and also highlights. Furthermore, I need to layer my layers with more color and then, when needed, I burnish the layers. 

Not only do I create layer on top of layer, I have to create layers from the background to the foreground. 

And what about those details that make it believable?

It is a process, which actually sounds complicated, but it’s not too bad. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. I am learning that sometimes it takes time, which means patience.  I am still working on it.

This is the same kind of process we go through in our walk with God. His Holy Spirit is sketching us, erasing us, layering us, and burnishing us. 

The burnishing part is not pleasant by the way. 

Nevertheless, it is a process of patience by the Master who performs the work perfectly and by the masterpiece who simply needs to handle it perfectly well.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. ~James 1:4 KJV

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