Mixed Media, Grace, and the Red-breasted Robin

I awaken and the words tumble, like puzzle pieces waiting to be fashioned together.

Yesterday, I spent the entire day creating a mixed media piece inspired by a poem, “Broken Promises.”

My husband took the picture while we were visiting Yosemite National Park. This tiny forest creative delighted us then and delights us now in the form of a mixed media collage in the making. The poem and a photo served as the muse for an oil painting of a red-breasted robin.

I started by painting the bird and then adding K&Company Designer Paper by Brenda Walton.

Then I added the poem and other accents.

One of the many reasons I love art is its spontaneous nature. Like our unexpected visit from the little red-breasted sparrow, you just never know when the urge to paint or write a poem will appear.

I awaken and the words tumble, like puzzle pieces waiting to be fashioned together.

I think grace is a lot like art—spontaneous, free flowing, alive for the capture. We need only to still our troubled minds long enough to hear the Lord’s whispers. In that instant, we know He has revealed something so wonderful that it couldn’t possibly come from us.

These delights—art and grace—make our hearts sing…like the red-breasted robin, dancing on the forest floor.




About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
This entry was posted in mixed media collage art, Oil Painting, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Mixed Media, Grace, and the Red-breasted Robin

  1. Pingback: The Evolution of a Mixed Media Collage | JoDee Luna's Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s