When I was a little girl I would excitedly wait for Mrs. Cornell to come
into our classroom with a great big stack of white paper
and a basket full of paints.
I was am 8 year old girl filled with anxiety and joy.
Oh how I wanted to grab hold of that paint brush and
swipe it magically across the paper and see my own masterpiece.
A bird or a tree or a person. ANYTHING would do.
And I tried. I really did. I drew and painted and imagined.
But what was in my mind and what lay on the paper never seemed to match.
As an adolescent and even as an adult, I still tried.
I waited for it to click.
But it didn’t.
And then one day I picked up a camera, and suddenly the pictures in my brain came to life..
The way I saw the dappled light in the woods, the way the flowers absorbed the sunlight, the way the ocean called my name.
I didn’t have to worry about being anxious. Photography became my paintbrush. And with it I was able to play with color and shadow and texture and joy.
When I found the waterlogue app and converted several of my photographs to “watercolors”, I suddenly felt like the little girl sitting in that art class back in the early 1970’s.
For a moment. I could “paint”!!
It was pure magic. A gift from above….this app that made my photographs look like I imagined they would in paint! The paintings I dreamed of making.
So now I play with my photographs and Waterlogue. I PRETEND to be a painter. I imagine dipping my brush in the watercolor tray and swiping the color across the paper. It makes me (and the little girl) smile. A big, big smile. Because I know that God is telling me that I AM good enough. I AM blessed. I AM talented!
And that’s when it hits me. I AM an artist. The camera is my medium.
And I will paint the world!
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